While Buccaneer fans anxiously await the release Pewter Report Training Camp Preview, Pewter Insider subscribers will get their fix throughout July on some of the more intriguing training camp battles that will take place in Lake Buena Vista. We start with what should be an interesting training camp battle at quarterback.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have expressed interest in signing free agent cornerback Ty Law. Bucs general manager Bruce Allen has confirmed the team's interest in Law, and according to SI.com, the Bucs have actually faxed a proposal to Law's agent. However, Tampa Bay's salary cap situation may hinder its efforts to ink Law to a contract.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers trimmed their offseason roster down to 97 Tuesday by releasing cornerbacks Carlos Campbell and Dominique Morris, linebacker Richard Glover, tackle Matt Martin and running back Fred Reid. The Bucs need to get their roster down to 90 players before they report to training camp on July 28.
Jon Gruden was critical of quarterback Chris Simms at the beginning of the offseason, but that was several months ago. How has Simms responded to the criticism since? Has QBs coach Paul Hackett helped Simms remedy some of his problems? What did Gruden think of Simms' work this offseason? Get answers to these pressing questions in this installment of Flynn's Focus.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held their fourth and final mandatory mini-camp practice on Thursday at One Buccaneer Place. PewterReport.com has compiled this notebook with comments from head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen. In other news, the 5th annual "Bowl With The Pros" Fundraiser will be held this Saturday in Tampa.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Michael Clayton will sign autographs at the Authentic Team Merchandise "Buccaneer Heaven" store in Tampa from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday, June 25. A limited amount of tickets for the charity signing are available and require a $10 donation. Tickets are limited to one per person, and all ticket proceeds will go to Clayton's favorite charity. Bucs fans can purchase their ticket for the Clayton charity autograph signing by stopping by the Buccaneer Heaven store, which is located at 14823 N. Florida Avenue in Tampa. Fans can also secure their ticket for the Clayton charity autograph signing when they purchase an item(s) for Clayton to sign by calling 1-800-881-BUCS(2827).
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held their third mandatory mini-camp practice on Wednesday at Raymond James Stadium. Former Oakland Raiders safety Jack "The Assassin" Tatum was a guest at Tampa Bay's mini-camp workout. Tatum was the Bucs' second special guest in as many weeks. Last week, Hall of Fame head coach Bill Walsh spent a few days with the team. PewterReport.com has this mini-camp notebook.
Rumors suggesting Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber might hold out because of his displeasure with his contract turned out to be just that on Tuesday when the two-time Pro Bowler showed up at One Buccaneer Place for the team's two mandatory mini-camp practices. However, Barber talked about his contract with the media and made it clear that he believes he's underpaid.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held two of their four mandatory mini-camp practices at One Buccaneer Place on Wednesday. The practices were closed to the media and public. Which players were there and participated? What were head coach Jon Gruden's thoughts on the upcoming training camp and season? What kind of impression has Juran Bolden been making at the nickel cornerback spot? Get answers to these questions and more in this mini-camp notebook filed from One Buc Place.
What type of a role will Michael Pittman have in Tampa Bay with the addition of Carnell "Cadillac" Williams? What does Pittman say about his fumbles in a revealingly candid interview with Scott Reynolds? Which unheralded running back is turning heads at One Buc Place during the offseason? Which player is the sleeper at the tight end position? Who is the Bucs' most improved player this offseason, according to the coaching staff? The answers to these questions plus some inside scoop on Paul Hackett and the Bucs' kicking situation can be found in this edition of SR's Fab Five. Feed your offseason craving for Bucs news by reading the premier insider column on the Pewter Pirates.