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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 – 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.
  
Training Camp Insider - 8/3 PM
How did the quarterbacks play on Monday afternooon? Which one threw an interception? How did the offensive and defensive linemen perform in one-on-ones? Find out in this Insider article.
   
Nugent Kicks While Bryant Sits
New Bucs kicker Mike Nugent handled all the kicking duties during Tuesday's special teams practice while incumbent Matt Bryant sat out with a minor undisclosed injury. Special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia addressed how the Bucs are dealing with two new rule changes this season.
   
Graham Believes In Bucs, Offense
Running back Earnest Graham believes this year's Bucs offense might be the best he's ever played on in the NFL, and although there aren't many pundits picking Tampa Bay to reach the Super Bowl, Graham said he'd be "shocked if the Bucs missed the playoffs.
  
Training Camp Insider - 8/5 A.M.
Which signal caller is leading the Bucs' QB battle right now? Which CB got lit up in the morning session? Get the answers plus inside scoop on which players stood out and which players didn't in this Pewter Insider article, which chronicles Tuesday's special teams workout and Wednesday morning's rain-filled practice.
   
Crowell, Clayton Sidelined Until Next Week, Winslow Returns
Tampa Bay LB Angelo Crowell is expected to be sidelined until the middle of next week due to a hamstring injury. The same could be true for WR Michael Clayton.  TE Kellen Winslow returned to practice this afternoon, and the team could have a few injured players return as early as Thursday.
   
Morris Challenges Team To Be More Physical
Raheem Morris challenged his team to be more physical, and he showed the Bucs clips of their games vs. the Carolina Panthers since 2003 to prove his point. The Bucs took the message to the field Wednesday morning for a physical goal line and red zone period.
   
Bucs Hold Gatorade Junior Training Camp For Special Olympians
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had some special visitors on Wednesday morning. The team welcomed 70 Special Olympians from the Tampa Bay area for the annual Gatorade Junior Training Camp. Several Bucs players and general manager Mark Dominik coached the Special Olympians after the morning practice.
 
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