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Here are some of the best Bucs quotes following their the team’s training camp practice on Monday, July 26 at the AdventHealth Training Center.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians on dealing with the sweltering heat and humidity during Monday’s practice

“I think our guys right now are giving in to the heat. We’ve got to get in shape. I’m not really pleased with the last 30 minutes of either practice so far. Love the fact that it gets really, really hot in the second half; it does in games, too, especially here. It’s something that we’ve got to be better adjusted to as we get going, and making plays when we’re tired and hot. [We] dropped way too many passes, gave up way too many plays in the second half of practice. Other than that – the first half of practice is outstanding, but the second half is not very good.”

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians on what he tells players about handling the heat

“It’s all mental, it’s all mental. If you didn’t train here, it’s your own damn fault. You knew what you were getting into. So, make sure that whatever you’re doing, hydrating-wise, you’re taking care of yourself so that we don’t have soft-tissue injuries because of dehydration.”

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians on what it will take for Carlton Davis to achieve his goal of being ‘feared’ by opposing QBs

“Consistency, and don’t drop any. But the consistency of – one of the greatest corners I ever saw was Albert Lewis. Same length; he looks a lot like him. Albert couldn’t catch. He won the title of batting balls away, but you couldn’t complete anything on him. Carlton can catch [and] he’s getting much better at it.”

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians on if anything stood out when he watched the tape of the players on field two from Sunday’s practice

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Bucs HC Bruce Arians – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“Yeah, I was shocked. Their ‘mental error’ sheet, especially defensively, was the shortest we’ve ever had, even with our starters. So, they obviously did a hell of a lot of homework while they were gone. Even the offense – we had two penalties [but] the guy just got here yesterday morning. He didn’t even know the snap count so I couldn’t [criticize him]. That field executed better than the other field.”

Bucs outside linebacker Shaq Barrett on being prepared for this season after winning the Super Bowl

“First, our coaches, they come from the top down relaying on a message that we need to hear. Then, leaders on the team take care of our group and make sure that we’re putting in that same work because it’s going to be different from last year. Nothing is guaranteed like B.A [Bruce Arians] always said. We had the same team last year and we started out 7-5. There’re no guarantees of what we can be so we have to put the work in so at the end of the season we can be [playing] the championships. We can’t be complacent. We haven’t done anything yet.” 

Bucs outside linebacker Shaq Barrett on the competition level against the offense and defense this season compared to last season

“I think it’s pretty much the same. We’re always coming out trying to make B.A upset a little because if we make him upset that means our defense did good and the offense didn’t have a good day that he was expecting them to have. We’re always competing. We always want to have every play; they always want to make every play, so it just makes us a better team. With Tom [Brady] calling the calls and running the show, he can pick up on our defense and it helps us get better at that. He can scheme up anything and it’s helpful. It’s like power against power. We are going to be ready for whatever is thrown at us because of the level of talent we have on the team and play callers we have on the team.”

Bucs linebacker Lavonte David on how the rookies have performed thus far

“They want to learn, that’s what I really like first and foremost. They are willing to learn, they’re asking questions, they’re leaning on certain guys, asking how to pair certain things. They take coaching very well – you can’t control effort, you’re going to learn our playbook, or you’re going to take time to learn the playbook. But if your effort is there, you’re probably going to earn a spot on this roster. But that’s the main thing we like about those guys man, their effort on the practice field and their willingness to learn. They’re getting better each day, I can tell you that.”

Bucs tackle Donovan Smith on the camaraderie of the offensive unit

“It plays a big part. When you play with guys that you’ve played with for multiple years you know their tendencies and what they want to do and what they don’t want to do. So, you can play off it. That’s just how you jell and have a well-oiled machine. Whether right or wrong, we’re always all right or all wrong. That’s just how it goes. I love my crew.”

Bucs right tackle Tristan Wirfs on the most significant thing he has learned about QB Tom Brady

“He’s just all about his business, especially when we get out of here. I think he’s one of his biggest critics, I know he is very hard on himself and expects a lot out of himself. And I think that radiates on everybody else, I know I expect it out of myself and I think that radiates around the whole team, it elevates everyone’s play. He is very passionate about playing football.”

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J.C. Allen is one of PewterReport.com’s newest beat writers. As a New England transplant, he has closely followed Tom Brady’s entire career and first fell in love with the game during the Patriots 1996 Super Bowl run. J.C. is in his second year covering the team after spending a year with Bucs Report as a writer, producer and show host. Some of his other interests include barbecuing, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends. His favorite Buccaneer of all time is Simeon Rice and believes he deserves a spot in Canton. Follow J.C. Allen on Twitter @JCAllenNFL.
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2 months ago

JC, good job.

2 months ago

Let’s see. They’re not in shape, didn’t train in town so not acclimated to the heat, but they’re supposed to be professionals. Now they’re going to be susceptible to soft tissue injuries. Can you say HAMSTRINGS!!!

Reply to  76Buc
2 months ago

I don’t think it’s not that their out of shape, more so that they aren’t Florida heat in shape. I agree that they should be better acclimated and arians definitely addressed that, but I also am not too worried that these guys will be alright. It’s extremely early and super bowls arnt won in training camp. We have Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. As our qb. It will get right.

2 months ago

In my opinion, this will be where arians cements his legacy. He’s absolutely Right. The players should be better acclimated to the heat. But he’s doing this because he knows that they need to hear it. I like that about Arians the most. He’s not afraid to let players know what he thinks. Sure we won a Super bowl last year, but that was last year. Time to focus on the present. Good show Bruce.

2 months ago

I’m born and raised here in West Tampa and the heat is real! U never really get used to 93 degree days u just know when to be inside and when to go outside. Our opponents will definitely feel the weight of the heat in Ray Jay. Tom’s used to playing in cold weather now he had to master this oppressive heat.

Reply to  bucballer
2 months ago

Yes, you get CAN used to it and get acclimated, if you WANT to bad enough. I grew up in the Midwest, cold winters-hot summers, started commercial construction in Tampa in 1988 and then switched to roofing in 1991. You wanna make good money, you tough it out and adapt. Moved into sales as I got older. My house A/C is set at 78, I now wear a jacket if it’s below 70, gloves below 65. I have little tolerance for the younger generation that cries about low wages in air conditioned retail/office work while illegal immigrants are making good… Read more »

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