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July 27, 2014 @ 6:38 pm
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Training Camp Quote Notebook 7-27

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Day 3 of training Bucs camp wrapped up on Sunday afternoon and PewterReport.com compiled some quotes from head coach Lovie Smith and select players following the open practice. Read what the coach and players had to say about Sunday's practice.
The Buccaneers held their third practice of the 2014 training camp on Sunday afternoon in front of a large crowd who were able to witness their team practicing in full pads for the first time. PewterReport.com compiled some quotes from head coach and Lovie Smith and select players talking about the Sunday afternoon session.

(Opening Statement)

“Day two. I know it’s day three, but I guess you say first day in pads, how about that? I’ve been ready to get this practice underway for a long time. We keep talking about Carolina [Panthers] ready and getting on a roll – once the season starts you can only get on a roll either way. Our [Tampa Bay] Rays are [on a roll] – [Manager] Joe [Maddon] is doing a great job them. Our football team, we talked about getting in the pads yesterday, we were able to get some better video to make evaluations. We weren’t taking guys down to the ground, as I said we’re not game ready or anything like that, but just for the players to put their pads on, things change. Of course we wanted to practice right in the heat of the day. Most of our games will be played around that one-to-three slot – this is getting them ready for it. Injury-wise, we have a couple of bumps and bruises out there today, nothing serious. We had two good days in order for our fans to see their football team, it’s important. We realize how we played the last couple of years, it’s important for us to interact with our fan base and let them see us up close.”
(On quarterback Mike Glennon)
“He’s had a good offseason in general. He can make all of the throws. I’ve asked him to move into a different role, he’s embraced that and as you can see we feel if Mike ended up having to play for us this year we will win a lot of football games. He’s a good football player, he’s proven that, but again this is his second year and there’s still a long ways to go, but we’re getting there.”

(On Glennon’s throw to running back Jeff Demps)
“I liked it quite a bit, it’s a pretty good situation to get in. Most of the time on third and short, as a defense you have to play some sort of man to get a Mike linebacker on the fastest guy in the NFL, I would throw it to him too.”

(On if he is considering moving defensive end Da’Quan Bowers to defensive tackle)
“No, [but] he can play inside. The more things you can do. On game day we’re going to dress seven defensive lineman, so we need at least one player that can play both inside and out and body type-wise he’s right – we have a couple of players right in that area. He I think could possibly rush third down situations inside and possibility to play more of a six-technique on running downs outside. Again the more things you can do.”

(On hosting the Special Olympics Florida at today’s practice)
“Just a good experience, great day for them. Whenever you get to interact with someone that meets you with a big smile, loves the Bucs, great advice, I got a lot of advice about we need to win every game, I said ‘Hey I’m all in favor of that also.’ They know our players and again this is a special day for them, of course a special group of people, some of our fans again that we want to interact with up close and personal.”

“It’s a track meet out there. I think it’s going to be good for the offense, they get a chance to play around, and they have those big guys on the outside and those speedy guys on the inside. So I think it’s really good for the coordinator to play around with his offense.”

(On battling with Johnthan Banks for a starting job)
“Just keep practicing, just come out and work hard. Not really focus on the battle, just focus on my own game play and try to get the team better. Just keep working on my crafts. New system, so I’ve got to learn the plays.”

(On his interception during training camp yesterday)
“It felt good. Just out there trying to get back in the groove of things. I’ve been out for a while. I’ve pretty much just been rehabbing, so it felt good.”

(On how his knee feels coming off an injury)
“It’s pretty good. I’ve just got to get some of my burst back. I’m not all the way up there yet, but I’m working on it.”

(On if he agrees that this new defense allows them to play on their instincts)
“Most definitely. It’s just set up for us to make plays and to cause turnovers. So yes, I most definitely agree with that.”

(On his impressions of Leonard Johnson so far during training camp)
“Me and Leonard came in together. Since day one, he’s been a hard worker. I actually feel like he’s one of the hardest workers on this team. As long as the guy comes out and works like that every day, he’s going to get results from it.”

(On getting the pads on for the first time)
“This is football; finally put the pads back on. We’ve been running around in our underwear for a while; finally get to hit some people. It was good, flying around here. Defense made a lot of plays, offense made a lot of plays.”

(On what the Bucs offense will be like this season)
“We’ve got a lot of the same pieces but I think the guys we brought in—speed guys. Louis Murphy on offense, he’s one of the fastest guys I’ve seen. I don’t have to talk about Demps, I match up against him every day, he makes me look slow and I think I’m pretty fast. We definitely got a lot of team speed, so that’s going to be good for us.”

(On how the offense responded to the first day in pads)
“I felt like the offense responded pretty well. First day in pads, it’s been a while for me, so I’m happy to be out here again and finally be back in pads. As an offense, overall, I think we did pretty good today.”
(On how his shoulder feels coming off an injury)
“Shoulder feels good. First day in pads, the shoulder is still intact. No pain. I’m good today. I’m happy about it.”
(On if he was nervous about his shoulder today in pads)
“Not at all. I worked out and kind of tested it out with punching bags and put my shoulder into, so I wasn’t too worried about it.”
(On his mindset as he took the field today in pads)
“When we hit the field, I was thinking to myself, ‘Last time I was in pads was in Atlanta.’ It’s been a while. But at the same time, I was just very excited to be out here in front of the fans. The fans just bring an energy to the practice field and I can’t thank them enough for the support.”
(On the array of skill players at the running back position)
“We have a lot of guys that are able to catch the ball in the backfield and out of the backfield. Lot of skill guys. Charles [Sims], Mike James, Bobby Rainey, [Brendan] Bigelow. We got a lot of guys. I can’t discuss what else we do out here on the practice field, but we’ve got something in store.”
(On his shoulder injury last year)
“Nobody wants to get injured. It was a tough time. But now, it’s time to go and I’m ready to go. Like I said, I’m just happy to be back on the field. You can’t take this job for granted because that’s how the game goes. You’ve got to take every rep like it’s your last.”
(On the situation at guard)

“I like the guys we have competing. We’re rolling them through until it gets solidified, but I think we’ve got some pretty good prospects. I’m excited about them.”
(On Oniel Cousins and if he is the favorite to land a starting job)
“They all have the same opportunity. They’re all going to get reps with the first group. I’m familiar with Oniel, but his opportunity is no different from the rest of those guys.”
(On how quickly the offensive line can get cohesive as a unit with four or five new starters)
“As quick as we can get them cohesive. I’m new too, so it’s not a big change for me.”

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