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Come Camping With Roy Miller
Buccaneers rookie defensive tackle Roy Miller will be participating in a training camp diary exclusively at PewterReport.com. Miller, the Bucs' third-round draft choice, will be competing for playing time and filing consistent diary entries throughout camp for Pewter Insiders.
Bucs Unveil 1976 Throwback Jerseys
Bucco Bruce is back! Bucaneers co-chairman Ed Glazer introduced the orange jerseys and throwback uniforms that the team will wear on November 8 in a home game against Green Bay. The Bucs are committed to wearing the throwbacks at least once per year over the next five years.
PI Quick Hits
Is there a competition at Will (weakside) linebacker? Read the mixed messages from the Bucs players and coaches. What new rules has the coaching staff placed on WR Maurice Stovall? How is rookie offensive tackle Xavier Fulton coming along? Plus, an update on LB Angelo Crowell. All in this PI Quick Hits.
Training Camp Observations: Week 1
What dilemma do the Bucs have with Cadillac Williams? How have the QBs fared in camp so far? Where are the Bucs getting a surprising amount of pass rush from? Read some random training camp observations in this installment of Flynn's Focus.
Freeman Pleased Contract Is Done
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman discussed coming to an agreement with the team before the start of training camp. Freeman said both sides prioritized getting the deal done on time so he would not miss a single practice.
Cadillac Cleared To Play
Tampa Bay running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams has been cleared to participate in training camp. The former first-round pick spent the offseason rehabbing his surgically repaired torn patellar tendon, a knee injury he sustained in the Bucs' 2008 regular season finale.
Sears A No-Show At Training Camp
Bucs left guard Arron Sears did not report to training camp with his teammates Friday. Sears, a 2007 second-round draft pick, has started 31 games during his NFL career. Sears, who is dealing with a "private matter," has been placed on the reserve/did-not-report list and replaced by Jeremy Zuttah.
Bucs Like Flying Under Radar
On reporting day for training camp a few Tampa Bay Buccaneers players discussed the team flying under the radar and having low expectations for the 2009 season. Defensive tackle Chris Hovan said the team has the mentality that they are playing for the playoffs, and center Jeff Faine believes the team could surprise.
Q&A With Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik
Bucs general manager Mark Dominik fielded questions from the local media as his team's players reported to training camp Friday. Dominik touched on a number of different topics, and you can read his comments in this Q&A session.
Training Camp Insider - 8/1 A.M.
The Bucs conducted their first training camp practice at One Buc Place Saturday morning. The stands were packed with thousands of fans, and the players put on a show in full pads. Which players looked good? Which ones didn’t? Pewter Report takes you inside Bucs training camp in this article.
Cadillac Still Confident In Ability To Play
Bucs running back Cadillac Williams played on the practice field Saturday morning for the first time since suffering his second torn patellar tendon in as many seasons. Williams said he felt good and is ready to be part of Tampa Bay's crowded backfield.
Morris Sets Physical Tone, Barber Adjusts
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris set the tone for training camp with his first practice. The Bucs had a physical fully padded session in the heat, and Morris believes the team is laying the foundation to having a competitive advantage during the regular season. Plus CB Ronde Barber adjusts to the new defense.
Ruud Focused On Leadership, Not Contract
Tampa Bay middle linebacker Barrett Ruud would love a contract extension, but is more focused on learning Jim Bates' new defense and stepping up as a leader now that training camp has started. Find out what Ruud had to said about these topics after his Saturday afternoon press conference.
QBs Sound Off On Competition
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterbacks sounded off on the quarterback competition Saturday. Luke McCown, Byron Leftwich, and Josh Freeman are the contenders to be the Bucs starting quarterback and they all spoke about the competition on Satudray.
Training Camp Insider â€“ 8/1 P.M.
Which players shined during Tampa Bay's night practice at Raymond James Stadium? How did WR Dexter Jackson fare in the night practice? Which QB was throwing TD passes left and right? Which signal caller threw a pair of interceptions? Get the answers in this Pewter Insider training camp report.
Roy Miller Camp Diary
In the first installment of his training camp diary rookie defensive tackle Roy Miller covers check-in-day, the conditioning test, his training camp roommate, how the veterans are treating him, and the new techniques he's learning in the NFL.
Day 1 Of Camp Ends With A Bang At Ray-Jay
The Bucs held their second training camp practice of the day at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday night. The Bucs, who worked out at One Buc Place in the morning, practiced in front of thousands of fans at their home stadium.
Jackson Shaking Cornerbacks, Reputation As Bust
The first day of the Buccaneers' 2009 training camp had an unlikely star. Was that Dexter Jackson, Tampa Bay's second-round pick in 2008, who was largely considered to be a rookie bust, blowing past corners, diving for passes and making big plays in both the morning and afternoon practices? Surprisingly, yes.
Morris Calls Out Offense For Sloppy Performance
Bucs head coach Raheem Morris was not pleased with the performance of his offense during Sunday afternoon's practice at One Buccaneer Place. Morris sounded off on the offense and explained the importance of tempo after the workout, which featured a live session towards the end of practice.
Winslow Still Adapting To New Environment
Bucs tight end Kellen Winslow is starting to get comfortable in Tampa Bay, but he still is attempting to get acclimated to his new playbook and the hot and humid conditions in Florida, which he is familiar with from his playing days at Miami.
Bucs Sign G Schmidt, Release G Miller
The Bucs signed former USF guard Ryan Schmidt Sunday. In order to make room for Schmidt, the Bucs released G Maurice Miller, who originally joined the team in April. Schmidt started 25 games at USF and is a player head coach Raheem Morris first saw during his days at Kansas State.
Training Camp Insider - 8/2
The Bucs defense, which got picked apart on Saturday, had its revenge on Tampa Bay's offense on Sunday. During the third practice of the 2009 training camp, the offense was ravaged for sacks and interceptions by an energized defense. Find out who looked good and who struggled in this PI article.
Selmon Honored To Be First Ring Of Honor Inductee
The Bucs held a press conference Monday to announce the the team's plans induct Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon into the team's Ring of Honor at Tampa Bay's home game vs. the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 8. Selmon is humbled by the honor and looking forward to the throwback game.
Mack Is A "Talented Beast"
Perhaps the most impressive Buccaneer during the first week of training camp is cornerback Elbert Mack, who had two INTs during the first day and currently leads the team with three. The undersized and unheralded Mack is not just in contention for the nickel CB job - he wants to be a starter on defense.
Several Players Sidelined With Mild Injuries
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have several injured players, including WR Antonio Bryant, TE Kellen Winslow, WR Joe Filani and LB Angelo Crowell. The good news for the Bucs is each of those players is listed as day-to-day with their respective ailments.
Offense Responds To Morris, Red Zone Play Emphasized
Bucs head coach Raheem Morris emphasized red zone play on Monday morning, and for good reason. Tampa Bay's offense struggled mightily in the red zone in 2008, and the team's defense has room for improvement in that area as well.
"Gaines Adams Is Going To Be A Monster In This League"
With expectations soaring for Gaines Adams to become a double-digit sacker, Tampa Bay's third-year DE joined rookie Kyle Moore for a three-week summer school session at Defensive Line, Inc., a pass rush camp run by the Falcons' all-time sacker Chuck Smith. Smith believes Adams will "be a monster in the league."
Training Camp Insider - 8/3 A.M.
Which Buccaneers defensive lineman had a massive practice on Monday morning? Which running backs stood out? Plus, get a scorecard of how the offensive line and defensive performed in their 1-on-1 matchups in this training camp insider practice report.
Roy Miller Camp Diary 8-6
In the second installment of Roy Miller's training camp diary, Miller talks about practicing at Raymond James Stadium. Miller also discusses the Bucs zone-blocking system, and practicing against it. Plus, Miller talks about getting into it during practice with center Jeff Faine, and dealing with the aftermath.