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August 14, 2012 @ 12:30 pm
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Bucs News To Know 8-14: Bucs Practice Dime In 2-Minute Drill

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Find out the latest from Tuesday's training camp practice in this Pewter Report camp feature. Which players were held out Tuesday? What depth chart changes were seen during the 3-hour workout? Who had the biggest plays on offense and defense for the Buccaneers? Find the answers to these questions and more in this edition of the Bucs News To Know.
Here is what you need to know about what happened at Buccaneers training camp on Tuesday, August 14:

• Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib is recovering from his hamstring injury and participated in most of the practice on Tuesday. Rookie strong safety Mark Barron is recovering from a toe sprain, but participated in all of practice. The only two players who sat out on Tuesday were tight end Luke Stocker (not feeling well) and defensive tackle Gary Gibson (Achilles). Defensive tackle Roy Miller was suffering from heat exhaustion and walked off the field before being carted to the locker room.

Left tackle Donald Penn (calf), wide receiver Arrelious Benn (knee), cornerback E.J. Biggers (foot) and defensive end Da’Quan Bowers (Achilles) are still sidelined, although Bowers and Benn were out at practice observing the team.

There were no roster moves on Tuesday.

• Doug Martin got slightly more reps with the starters at running back on Tuesday, but the Bucs were practicing their passing game a lot, which plays to the rookie’s strengths.

• The Buccaneers second-string offensive line consisted of rookie Bradley Sowell at left tackle, rookie Desmond Wynn at left guard, Ted Larsen at center, Derek Hardman at left guard and Jamon Meredith at right tackle.

• Tampa Bay’s second-team defense in 9-on-7 drills consisted of George Johnson at left defensive end, Frank Okam and E.J. Wilson at defensive tackle, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim at right defensive end with Dekoda Watson, Adam Hayward and Jacob Cutrera at linebacker with Larry Asante and Ahmad Black at safety. Cody Grimm, who started at strong safety in place of the injured Mark Barron in Miami, was running with the third-string defense alongside Keith Tandy.

• The Buccaneers practiced a lot of dime defense on Tuesday morning as the offense’s passing game was featured quite a bit. Rookie Leonard Johnson replaced Aqib Talib at left cornerback in 11-on-11 drills opposite Myron Lewis with Ronde Barber and Eric Wright in the slot and Ahmad Black and Mark Barron at safety. The defensive line consisted of Michael Bennett and Adrian Clayborn at defensive end with Gerald McCoy at defensive tackle. Mason Foster was the middle linebacker and Dekoda Watson was the rush linebacker.

• The second-team dime defense consisted of Johnson and James Rodgers at cornerback with Keith Tandy and Anthony Gaitor in the slot. Cody Grimm and Sean Baker were the safeties with Lavonte David at middle linebacker and Quincy Black as the rush linebacker. George Johnson and E.J. Wilson were at defensive end with Amobi Okoye at defensive tackle.

• Wide receiver Mike Williams made the catch of the day on fourth-and-long during the two-minute drill in the final 11-on-11 period. Josh Freeman rolled to his right to avoid Gerald McCoy and Adrian Clayborn and threw a strike to a leaping Williams, who out-wrestled the ball from the arms of rookie safety Mark Barron. Tampa Bay’s first-round pick could have swatted the ball away for the defensive stand, but went for the interception instead, which gave Williams the opportunity to catch the ball.

• On the next play in the 11-on-11 two-minute drill, rookie running back Doug Martin executed a perfectly designed screen pass for a gain of over 20 yards. Martin caught the ball effortlessly and followed right guard Davin Joseph downfield for a big gain down to the 15-yard line to set up Kai Forbath's game-tying field goal as time expired.

• Picking up where he left off from the Miami preseason game, reserve defensive end Wallace Gilberry had a great practice on Tuesday. The veteran lineman played at left end, recovering a fumbled Brett Ratliff snap on one play, and then drawing a holding penalty on rookie Jamarcus Hardrick on the next. Gilberry then held the point of attack and tackled Michael Smith at the line of scrimmage for no gain. On the fourth straight play, Gilberry continued to be a factor, beating Hardrick for another sack of Ratliff.

• Channeling his inner Preston Parker from Friday night, Sammie Stroughter muffed a punt return in Tuesday's practice, which drew groans from the crowd of fans attending the open practice.

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    Cant wait to see all our new weapons against the Panthers week one! GO BUCS!!!
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    Go Bucs I am amped for this season....
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    George, trust us all. There is a huge difference in uptempo, organized TC, No one standing around chewing the fat. The coaches are also uptempo, vocal and involved. No standing back and just looking at play with hand on chin. As a result, it is easier to evaluate what is going on. Not that TC is the last word by any means. but there is a clearer line between the "men" and the "boyz". And one thing is much more this y ear....the *&(%$$# l heat. lol
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    I'm not there I can tell the difference between last year and this year training camp-Go Bucs
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    Thanks Scott for the update on who's playing at what position and who's the backups. Go Bucs!
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