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Here are some of the best Bucs quotes following their the team’s training camp practice on Monday, August 2 at the AdventHealth Training Center.

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians on the big day for DB Ross Cockrell (3 INTs) and his sister Anna Cockrell, who qualified for the 400 meter hurdles on Monday morning

“Yeah, it was awesome, man. We were holding our breath, and it was such a close race and she finished so strong and got in there. The whole room exploded and [we’re] really, really happy for him. We gave a game ball to mom and dad after practice because the kids are what they’re supposed to be, but mom and dad did a hell of a job raising them, that’s for sure.”

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians on moving the practice indoors due to lightning

Bucs HC Bruce Arians

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

“Yeah, I thought about going inside tomorrow, so we’ll go back and see how much weight we lost inside. I loved the intensity of that practice. There were a lot of back-and-forth. Ross [Cockrell] had a big, big day but offense had really good spurts, defense had great spurts. It was a really good, competitive day.”

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians on Joe Tryon’s development

“He’s got to learn to stay in his gap on defense. He can’t freelance. He gave up a couple really big runs coming around blocks and trying to make plays instead of just doing your job. He’s got such great talent and he’s obviously a hell of a pass-rusher, but there’s more to the game than just that. Just do your job and do it really well.”

Bucs head coach Bruce Arians on wide receiver Antonio Brown

“I think having the camp, having OTAs, being able to watch OTAs, having camp, obviously it’s going to help. He’ll be in great game shape. AB is 100 miles per hour, nonstop all the time. It’s good to see. It’s fun to watch him out there.”

Bucs DB Ross Cockrell on watching his sister Anna qualify for the 400 meter hurdles before practice and then having three interceptions on Monday

“It was just a tremendous feeling. Coach [Bruce] Arians, the Bucs family, the Bucs team – being able to watch my sister run with this team and with this family, it just was amazing. It was the biggest race of her life. And to see her go out there and perform as well as she did in adverse weather and adverse situations, and then go out to practice and be able to do my things. I was just feeling the magic that she had. I think she passed it along to me.”

Bucs CB Jamel Dean on when the secondary started coming together and playing well down the stretch

“Honestly I think a lot of things started clicking for us after the bye week (Week 13). I don’t know what happened, it just happened. I was just thinking to myself, ‘Maybe we just finally grew up.’ Once we realized we all grew up, we started looking at each other and started seeing the same thing, pointing at the same thing. We were like this is kind of a connection as if we’re twins or something’.”

Bucs TE O.J. Howard on improving his game while rehabbing from a torn Achilles tendon

Bucs TE O.J. Howard

Bucs TE O.J. Howard – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

“That’s what I did this offseason. I just tried to study every aspect of my game. I took the top guys in my position pass catching wise and took the top of my position run blocking wise. I studied all six of them. I just tried to steal things from their tapes and try to evaluate my game. I think it’s been translating over to the field as I’ve been getting acclimated to the field. As far as my production on the team this year, I think I’ll be able to come in and make plays when it’s time. We’ll have our opportunities based on who we have out in our receiver corps. My position, in general, is going to have a chance to open the middle and make plays, so when we get those chances, we must be ready. I think we’ll have a lot of those this year.”

Bucs S Jordan Whitehead on his approach to his contract year

“For me, I pretty much just take every year as the same because I’m just motivated all around, all the time. It doesn’t take a lot for me to get just get up and get motivated. I wake up and I’m ready to go. I love to work and I always want to be better. I look at other guys and see they’re doing great, I want to be just as great or be even better. Even my teammates on the defensive side, we have a lot of great, great players and you just want to play to the level how they play – you don’t’ want to be the guy in the back. It’s just always great to give that effort and improve every day.”

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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76bucsfan46
1 month ago

This team as a group are just hard working good guys who love to play. I’m so happy for AB, I think he’s found a home and great teammates. Go Bucs

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