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This is the third installment of Jeremy Zuttah’s Training Camp Diary, exclusively on PewterReport.com. Zuttah, the rookie offensive lineman who was Tampa Bay’s third-round pick, will be checking in with PewterReport.com three times per week with his thoughts on training camp and life in the NFL.
Fatigue has not set in at all for me yet, especially since we had the day off on Friday. We have fresh legs and we were ready to go again today. We haven’t had “Rookie Night” yet (where the rookies have to buy the veterans an expensive dinner at a nice restaurant at training camp). I’m don’t look forward to it. I just heard it was bad. It’s scary and you just have to take it. It’s just something the rookies have to do. The more you complain and the more you try to fight it, the worse it’s going to be for you. I think it’s the last night of camp.
Josh Johnson and I spent more time in the OTAs getting reps together. Right now, I’m working more with Chris Simms and Brian Griese. But when we are back at the hotel, Josh and I have been hanging out. I think all of the rookies are bonding and getting close.
I feel like I’ve had a pretty good camp so far, but that’s not the goal. The goal is to be great and try to compete for a job out here. Regardless of what’s in front of me, I just try to compete and strive for better things.
I don’t have any family in town for Family Day today, just one of my teammates from Rutgers – former safety Robert Baham. He’s from Tampa and he and his family came out today to support me. That was nice. I can’t wait for the Rutgers – USF game this year in Tampa. I will be right there on the sidelines decked out in my Rutgers gear. It was great beating the Bulls last year. We know how much it hurts to end a streak. Two years ago we were on the same streak – maybe even a little longer. Losing when you are undefeated just hurts even more. It was nice to take a little of that pain that we had and put that on somebody else. It felt pretty good.
Jon Gruden’s playbook is pretty deep, but it’s not too hard to learn. The first thing you’ve got to do is memorize it. There are a lot of one or two-word plays like Halle Berry or Caesar’s Palace where just a word or two will tell you the formation, shifts, motions and what goes on during the play. You have to memorize it and the different protection adjustments. At first you just memorize it, then you go back and try to understand what’s actually happening. The quarterbacks will try to get cute with some of the calls at the line. I don’t want to give away too much, but there are a couple of plays that aren’t just one word, but they are more word associations. The quarterbacks try to get cute with it. One one play, the group association is Seattle. The other day, Brian Griese was calling out “Starbucks.” I looked back at him and was like, “Starbucks?” But it meant Seattle.
Jeremy Trueblood is a bit of a prankster. Some of the stuff he does is so childish. He’ll tap you on your shoulder from behind and then go on the other side of you. Just little stupid kid stuff like that. It’s funny (laughs). He’ll draw stupid pictures and put them in your locker. It’s all childish (laughs). He hasn’t stolen my helmet yet. I think somebody had their helmet and shoulder pads stolen this morning, though (laughs). I don’t know what’s going on with that.
The Bucs fans have been cool. I try to take care of the kids with autographs. I think it means so much more to the kids. They reach out to you with their football and it just means so much to them for you to take the time to sign their ball. To see the smile on their face is cool. That’s my main thing – to take care of the kids.
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