Tampa Bay’s training camp officially ended after Wednesday’s workout. But someone forgot to tell coach Greg Schiano.
The schedule for the remaining weeks of the preseason is so similar, Schiano forgot training camp was actually over, writes Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune. "(The players) kind of filled me in that today was the last day,'' Schiano said. "I wasn't even thinking that way, which is my fault, but I know as a player I'd be thinking that way.”
Players did move out of the hotel they have been staying at during camp, and the schedule moving forward will be modified slightly, but Schiano emphasized the preseason work would hardly be coming to a close with the official end of camp.
- First camp under Schiano a success: The first Tampa Bay training camp in the Schiano era is over (whether Schiano realized it or not), and by any measure, it was a success, writes Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times. The Bucs avoided key injuries and players seemed to embrace Schiano’s ways. Free agent acquisitions have looked strong early, and no off-field issues (i.e., arrests) occurred.
- Barron looking forward to debut: After being forced to sit out the preseason opener against Miami due to a toe injury, rookie safety Mark Barron is looking forward to making his first NFL appearance on Friday against Tennessee. Barron is expected to start immediately for the Bucs, but Schiano told Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times that it’s difficult to evaluate the Alabama alumnus because he has been so limited in camp:
"It's hard to say what kind of camp he's having because he hasn't participated enough to really draw a conclusion," Schiano said. "Mentally, I think he's grasping the defense. But how do you know until you're under pressure and have to perform? It's one thing to master the defense in the air conditioning, and it's another to do it when you've got your pads on and you've got to hit somebody.”
- Renewed emphasis on running game: The Bucs finished 30th in the NFL in rushing last year, and Tampa Bay ran the ball an NFL-low 346 times. But there is a renewed commitment to the ground game this season, offensive guard Davin Joseph told Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune. “We have backs who can be home run hitters,” Joseph said.
- Young Clayborn leading Bucs’ defensive line: Tampa Bay has whiffed on a few early draft choices along the defensive line, but it has a leader and stalwart in the form of Adrian Clayborn, writes Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune. Clayborn, who led the team in sacks as a rookie last year, hopes to prove that performance was no fluke.
- Backup QB Orlovsky impresses with work-ethic: Backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky continues to get plenty of positive press, as the Tampa Bay Times’ Stephen F. Holder profiled the journeyman signal-caller. Schiano, the longtime coach at Rutgers before taking the Bucs job this offseason, said he knew Orlovsky had a strong work-ethic dating to the quarterback’s college days at UConn. That has shown itself in training camp.
“I’ve said to (quarterbacks coach Ron Turner) during practice, 'I would love to practice, like, 15 hours a day, just do 7-on-7 all day.' I love the competitive camaraderie," Orlovsky said.
- What role could Jeff Demps play? If Florida alumnus and Olympic silver medalist Jeff Demps ultimately signs with the Buccaneers, what might his role be? The Tampa Bay Times staff examined that question in this brief blog entry.
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