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Bucs, McCoy Don't Expect Holdout
The Buccaneers front office and the representative for Gerald McCoy are optimistic that his rookie contract will be done before training camp starts. McCoy was taken with the third-overall pick in the draft, and the contract will be aided by a defensive lineman being taken with the third pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
   
Carlson On Freeman's Ball Security & Johnson's Long-Term Potential
Pewter Report contributing writer Jeff Carlson discusses how Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman can improve his ball security, and the long-term prospects for backup quarterback Josh Johnson. Carlson also hits on how he would choose and use a third-string quarterback.
   
Buccaneers To Hold Evening FanFest In 2010
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be holding their 2010 Fan Fest at Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, June 19. The big change in this year's event is the time, which will be from 4:30-9:00 p.m. In years past, fans had to battle the daytime heat and humidity to meet the players and get autographs.
   
Rookies Are In For A Rude Awakening
Former Bucs right tackle Jerry Wunsch discusses the trials and tribulations of being an NFL rookie and how they have to not only learn Tampa Bay’s playbook, but also adjust their bodies to pro football and learn how to co-exist with new teammates. For many rookies, life in the NFL is a rude awakening.
   
Graham Currently Starting At Fullback
Buccaneers veteran Earnest Graham said that he is the starting fullback at this time, and his goal is to make the Pro Bowl as a fullback. Tampa Bay rookie CB Myron Lewis is still day-to-day with abdominal injury. Plus notes from Bucs DE Kyle Moore and WR Sammie Stroughter in this OTA notebook.
   
Talib Eyes Barber's Records, Puts Past Behind Him
Buccaneers CB Aqib Talib said he has put his past off-the-field issues behind him and is focused on getting better. Talib has the goal of breaking Ronde Barber's records and being the best corner in Bucs history. PLUS, Bucs return man Clifton Smith said that he has no after effects from his concussions.
  
Bucs OTA Insider - 6/3
The Bucs capped off three days worth of voluntary OTAs on Thursday with a practice that was open to the media. Which players were in attendance? Which Bucs were absent? Which offensive and defensive performers shined? What new wrinkles did Greg Olson show on offense? Get the answers in this Bucs OTA Insider.
   
Morris Comfortable With Young QB Stable
Bucs head coach Raheem Morris talked about his young QB stable, and why Tampa Bay does not need an experienced backup behind starter Josh Freeman. Morris teased a bit about backup Josh Johnson playing in some Wildcat sets. It was an emotional day for Morris as he discussed the loss of his college head coach, Joe Gardi.
   
Carlson's OTA Observations
Pewter Report contributing writer and former Bucs QB Jeff Carlson watched the Bucs Thursday OTA practice with Pewter Report. Carlson offers up his practice observations here. Carlson profiles the Bucs new formations on offense, the play of Josh Freeman, and what backup QB stood out to him.
   
Buccaneers Sign WR Williams To 4-Year Deal
The Bucs started signing their draft picks on Friday with the signing of fourth-round pick WR Mike Williams. The Syracuse product is considered to have first-round talent, but off-field concerns pushed him down in the draft. Williams was signed to a four-year contract worth as much as $3.15 million.
   
Bucs Respond To BBC Story Regarding Glazers' Debt
New Buccaneers director of communications Jonathan Grella issued a statement on behalf of the team and the Glazers in response to a BBC report that stated that he Glazers' debt total has risen to $1.5 billion for their purchase of the Manchester United soccer team. Read Grella's response in this story.
  
Bucs OTA Insider - 6/7
Monday's OTA practice was open to the media. Find out which Buccaneer quarterbacks struggled? How did rookie WR Arrelious Benn perform? What rookie defender intercepted Josh Freeman? Who else had an interception for the defense? Find out in this insider practice report.
   
Dotson Working Through Difficult Switch To Left Tackle
Playing left tackle is one of the hardest positions to play in the NFL. It becomes increasing more difficult when you only have one year's worth of experience playing O-line in your life. That's the situation 6-foot-9, 300-pound Demar Dotson finds himself in - yet he's running with the first team in Donald Penn's absence.
   
Freeman, Olson Like Offense's Progress
Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman and offensive coordinator Greg Olson are pleased with the installation of the Bucs offense. Olson characterized it as a West Coast offense that has some influences from the St. Louis Rams vertical offense under Mike Martz. Freeman talked about connecting on some long passes on Tuesday.
   
Pewter Report Welcomes Back Wolf Heard
Pewter Report is proud to announce that Wolf Heard will be re-joining the Pewter Report staff. Heard will be serving as a beat writer and producing some regular videos for the new PewterReport.com that will debut in 2010. Heard previously worked with Pewter Report for the 2008 season and into the 2009 offseason.
   
Bucs Send Warning Letter to Penn
The Tampa Bay Buccanneers have sent left tackle Donald Penn a letter instructing him of the consequences of not signing his tender contract. The Bucs exercise an option to reduce Penn's salary by $100,000 if he does not sign his tender contract by the June 15.
   
McCoy & Benn Sustain Minor Injuries
Bucs head coach Raheem Morris said the practice injuries to DT Gerald McCoy, WR Arrelious Benn, and CB E.J. Biggers were all minor in nature. Morris discussed the practice fight between LT Demar Dotson and DE James Ruffin. He also hit on LT Donald Penn, TE Kellen Winslow, and WR Mike Williams in this notebook.
  
Bucs OTA Insider - 6/10
Get the inside scoop on Thursday's action-packed OTA from a sensational TD from Mike Williams, the TD passes from QB Josh Freeman, the Bucs' substitutions on defense, the injuries to DT Gerald McCoy, WR Arrelious Benn and CB E.J. Biggers, and details on the brawl between LT Demar Dotson and DE James Ruffin in this Insider report.
   
Bucs To Hold Chalk Talk Events At Local Chambers Of Commerce
A day before the team's annual FanFest at Raymond James Stadium, the Bucs will host two community events on Friday, June 18. The Bucs will meet with the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce for a Chalk Talk breakfast, followed by a luncheon with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Click here for more details.
   
Winslow, Price Back With Team
Bucs TE Kellen Winslow observed practice at One Buc Place on Monday. Winslow is rehabbing his knee and said he'd be ready for training camp. Rookie DT Brian Price (hamstring) was also back working with the trainers. The Bucs canceled Tuesday's practice and veteran CB Ronde Barber said not to worry about one less OTA.
   
Bucs Sign CB Lewis
The Buccaneers continued to sign their rookie class on Monday afternoon when the team came to terms with cornerback Myron Lewis. The third-round pick out of Vanderbilt signed a four-year contract. Lewis was the 67th overall selection in last April's draft. To make room for Lewis the team released DE Maurice Evans.
  
Bucs OTA Insider - 6/14
Get all of the details on Monday's organized team activity, including Kellen Winslow's appearance at practice, the play of QB Josh Freeman, Jeremy Trueblood's big catch and two big collisions in this Pewter Insider report. Also, find out which defensive linemen got sacks and which receivers hauled in touchdowns.
   
Olson Says Buccaneers Offense Ahead Of Schedule
Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Greg Olson deemed the installation of his new offense to be “ahead of schedule.” Olson also said that the development of second-year Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman, who started nine games in 2009, is right on schedule.
   
Penn Loses $100k - Won't Sign Tender, Will Attend FanFest
Bucs LT Donald Penn refused to sign his one-year tender offer and as a result Tampa Bay will reduce the offer. The reduction drops the deal $100,000. If Penn, who will attend FanFest on Saturday, holds out of mandatory mini-camp the team can fine him $10,000 per day and $16,000 per missed day in training camp.
   
McKay To Be Inducted Into Ring Of Honor
The Buccaneers have announced that the team's first head coach in franchise history, John McKay, will be the next addition to the team's Ring of Honor. McKay led the Bucs to three playoff appearances including the 1979 NFC Championship Game. Rich McKay was back at One Buc Place to talk about his father's induction.
 
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