The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held a two-hour practice in full pads on Wednesday morning before taking the afternoon session off to take a fieldtrip to the movies to see “Invincible.”
The movie is based on the true story of Vince Papale, who one day decides to show up for an open tryout with his favorite team – the Philadelphia Eagles – just to make the team.
“You know, you try to do something nice and you make somebody mad,” Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said of canceling the afternoon practice. “I remember a couple of years ago we cancelled an afternoon practice and, rightfully so, a lot of people wrote letters who were very mad. They drove down to watch us practice and we were going to take them to a movie. We did out very best to get a real good showing for them. They’ve earned this. There have been peaks and valleys for the defense, there have been peaks and vallies for the offense, but to a man these guys are working extremely hard in some tough heat. I want to get their legs back and I want to come out here tomorrow morning and have a good one.”
The Bucs are scheduled to hold a two-hour practice in full pads on Thursday morning followed by a one hour and 10 minutes special teams workout in the afternoon.
In other news, defensive end Charles Bennett (hamstring) was held out of practice. Cornerback Ronde Barber and defensive end Simeon Rice were given the morning workout off. Cornerback Juran Bolden returned to practice.
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