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    • Mark Cook

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      Tampa Bay wrapped up their first mini-camp under new head coach Lovie Smith on Thursday. What players stood out on both sides of the ball? What does the unofficial depth chart look like? What somewhat forgotten player is looking to re-establish himself in the starting lineup?https://www.pewterreport.com/index.php?option=com_k2&Itemid=20&view=item&layout=item&id=9763

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    • Anonymous

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          Regarding Lovie, his sideline demeanor makes me think more of Tom Landry than Tony Dungy.

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    • Anonymous

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      Another view of the mini-camp…http://bucsscene.blogs.theledger.com/14938/thoughts-on-bucs-voluntary-mini-camp/

      I’ve been covering Tampa Bay since 2008 and I’m on my fourth different coach. One thing I had never heard of was 100 percent attendance. Not all of them worked out on the field but they were there. Do you think the players got the message that the new regime was not playing?Anyway, most of the workouts from coaches are the same. Some may emphasize more fundamentals while others may focus on game-like conditions depending on the type of squad you have — veterans vs. younger type players. Each have their own nuances.I know there are some of you who want to know how the quarterbacks looked on every throw, etc. I don’t like getting into that because as Lovie Smith said, they’re in their “underwear” right now (shorts). Even more important, quarterbacks are not getting rushed, receivers are not getting hit.Thus, I look at other things: for the quarterbacks, do they have command of the pocket? Do they scan the field? Do they lock in on one receiver a lot? I say a lot because we don’t know if a play is called for a quick pass so if that’s the case, of course they’re going to lock in on one receiver.For the receivers, I look at how they run their routes. Do they get separation? How do they catch the ball?Hard to judge both sides of the line because there was no contact. I noticed Patrick Omameh was at right guard with the first unit all three days. He was a guy that was on the roster for 11 games and active just for one but did not play.A couple of things I noticed:    I see why people like Jeff Demps. There’s fast (Randy Moss, Chris Johnson are two that come to mind). Then, there’s Olympic fast. Demps consistently blew past defenders on routes and when he got into the open field. I only saw him drop one deep pass but Lovie said he won’t let him forget that one.    Doug Martin looked healthy. He took a tumble on his injured shoulder today and I kept an eye to see if he favored it or not. Nope, he was good. That bodes well for Tampa Bay.    Lavelle Hawkins and Chris Owusu opened some eyes during camp. Again, they’re in shorts and there is no contact. But young players have to open eyes early and often.    Both Josh McCown and Mike Glennon had their moments. Glennon looks more poised, which he should in his second year. He still throws that out pattern with confidence and precision. McCown looks like a vet and showed a command of the bit of offense the team knows.    Defensively, linebacker Ka’Lial Glaud looked like a promising backup, fast, always around the ball.Finally, a big thing that I noticed was the attitude around the entire building. There was a lightness and a lot more smiles around the building and not just from the players. Not that they were clowning around and joking but the atmosphere was less tense than previously.  Not sure how that will translate to Sundays and Thursdays but less tension has to be better for players I would think.Anyway, next up for the team is Phase 2 of the offseason program. Players can be in the building just four hours a day for the next three weeks. Meanwhile, the personnel department will shore up their draft board and get ready.The NFL Draft is 14 days away.With the seventh pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Bucs select…..

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    • Anonymous

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      Man if Jeff Demps works out and actually wants to play football, we are gonna be loaded at RB. Hopefully we can finally run a good screen play.

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    • Anonymous

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      Little differing opinion on Patrick omameh

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    • Anonymous

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      Jace Daniels at center…AC at LDEJohnson at nickelSteve Maneri...  6' 7" 280lbs Tight End... Extra lineman.Foster was getting tested.Murphy, Dawson and Hawkins should be a good competition to watch this offseason

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    • Anonymous

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      Spence isn’t even listed as 2nd string at DT?  Interesting- maybe he can play guard.

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