The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held their final training camp practice indoors at The Milk House, which is a gymnasium located at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex, on Thursday morning.
But before they conducted the walkthrough and broke camp, the Bucs were busy looking for ways to upgrade their current roster, particularly the offensive tackle position.
With Torrin Tucker and Kenyatta Walker missing several practices due to their respective knee ailments, the Bucs have brought in a couple of free agent tackles for visits over the past 24 hours.
Former Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins Todd Wade spent Wednesday in the Orlando area undergoing a physical with the Bucs.
The Bucs’ search for tackle talent continued Thursday morning when offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Muir, senior assistant/offensive line coach Aaron Kromer and head trainer Todd Toriscelli spent the early part of the morning out on the practice field working out former Dallas Cowboys T Jacob Rogers.
The 6-foot-8, 317-pound Wade originally entered the NFL in 2000 as a second-round pick out of Mississippi. A seventh-year veteran, Wade, 27, spent four seasons (2000-03) with the Dolphins and two seasons (2004-05) with the Texans before being released on July 14.
Rogers, 25, originally entered the league in 2004 as a second-round pick with Cowboys. He played in just two games in two seasons (2004-05) due to a knee injury and was released in March.
With Walker being held out of several practices, second-round pick Jeremy Trueblood has seen a significant amount of playing time with the first-team offense.
Tucker also has struggled to practice on a consistent basis, which has prompted the Bucs to use offensive lineman Scott Jackson as the backup left tackle behind starter Anthony Davis.
The Buccaneers will spend Thursday afternoon packing up and heading back to Tampa, where they are scheduled to hold a walkthrough practice at MacDill Air Force Base on Friday and play their second preseason game against the Miami Dolphins on Saturday evening at Raymond James Stadium.
Tampa Bay is scheduled to move into its brand new state-of-the-art training facility, which is located across the street from Raymond James Stadium, on Sunday.
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