Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden came away impressed from the Buccaneers' second of three rookie mini-camp practices. After Saturday's practice, Gruden touched on a few topics, including tight end Rod Flowers, who hasn't played football since middle school and is on a try-out contract with the Bucs this weekend. In other news, NFEL kicker Todd France drilled three more field goals and is now 14-of-16 on the season.
How did rookie running back Cadillac Williams fare in his first Bucs practice? Other than Cadillac, which draft pick looked like the real deal today? Which rookie receiver had a case of the drops on Friday? Who impressed and who didn't? Want to feel like you attended today's rookie mini-camp at One Buc Place? Get the inside scoop on the rookies with this huge, 2,600-word Pewter Insider report - as only PewterReport.com deliver.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held the first of three rookie mini-camp practices at One Buccaneer Place on Friday. Bucs head coach Jon Gruden and his staff headed up a group of 50 players, which included the team's 12 draft picks, nine undrafted free agents, nine first-year players and 20 players who were signed to tryout contracts. PewterReport.com has compiled this rookie mini-camp notebook from One Buc Place.
The Buccaneers have signed 20 rookies to tryout contracts, and they will join the team's 12 draft picks, nine undrafted free agents and nine first-year players this weekend for Tampa Bay's three-day rookie mini-camp, which starts today at One Buccaneer Place. The mini-camp is open to the media but closed to the public.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released third-year tight end Billy Baber on Friday. Baber originally signed with the Bucs last December and played in the team's regular season finale against the Arizona Cardinals. The Bucs now have six tight ends on their roster.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently created approximately $1 million in salary cap space by restructuring the contract of middle linebacker Shelton Quarles. Quarles, who turns 34 in September, is under contract through the 2007 season, but the Bucs' decision to spend a second-round pick on Nebraska MLB Barrett Ruud over the weekend suggests 2005 could be Quarles' last season in Tampa Bay unless he agrees to rework his deal again.
Auburn tailback Carnell "Cadillac" Williams' production at Auburn impressed Tampa Bay, but it was the way he performed and presented himself as a member of the South team at the Senior Bowl that won the Bucs over and convinced the team to use its first-round draft pick (No. 5 overall) to take him over USC wide receiver Mike Williams on Saturday.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers used their first-round draft pick (No. 5 overall) to select Auburn running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams on Saturday afternoon. The 5-foot-10, 217-pound Williams rushed for 1,165 yards (4.9 avg.) and 12 touchdowns during his senior season. He also worked with the Bucs' coaching staff at the Senior Bowl last January. The Bucs' next draft pick will come in the second round (No. 36 overall).
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