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The Buccaneers conducted a practice in shorts, jerseys and helmets at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena, Vista, Fla. on Tuesday afternoon.

The practice was held under fairly clear skies and in hot and humid temperatures in the low 100s.

Bucs running back Derek Watson (ankle), defensive tackle Chris Hovan (infection) and linebackers Derrick Brooks (rest) and Shelton Quarles (rest), wide receivers Joey Galloway (rest) and David Boston (rest), tackle Kenyatta Walker and cornerback Brian Kelly (rest) were held out of the afternoon practice.

Tampa Bay’s afternoon practice started with calisthenics, but one player was noticeably absent from the stretching session. Bucs head coach Jon Gruden took a quick glance at the field full of players and realized Galloway, who normally receives the afternoon off as part of his practice regimen, wasn’t even out on the field with the rest of his teammates.

It didn’t take Gruden long to realize that Galloway had found some shade and cool air inside the V.I.P. quarters that sit parallel of the stands and the media tent at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex. Although he cracked a smile, Gruden walked over to the window and signaled Galloway to come out of the air-conditioned room and join the rest of his teammates on the practice field.

Tampa Bay spent a significant part of the afternoon practice preparing for the Miami Dolphins. The Bucs host the Dolphins in their second preseason game on Saturday at Raymond James Stadium.

Gruden spent some time with the receivers and attempted to cover them during warm-ups.

Tampa Bay’s defense had an impressive outing this afternoon.

Bucs defensive end Dewayne White beat rookie right tackle Jeremy Trueblood to record a sack on quarterback Chris Simms during an 11-on-11 session. Bucs T Sam Lightbody really struggled to hold off the team’s defensive ends.

Although he didn’t receive a lot of reps, Simms was under duress several times during the practice. Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin threw several blitzes at him, and cornerback James Patrick notched a quarterback takedown on one of blitz packages.

Gruden had an answer for the blitz on one particular play when he called for Simms to get off a shovel pass to running back Michael Pittman, who had a lot of room to run on the play.

Fullback Rick Razzano continues to have trouble catching passes. He dropped a pass near the right sideline during an 11-on-11 session on Tuesday afternoon. If the roster spot that Razzano and Jerald Sowell are battling for comes down to pass-catching ability, Sowell will easily come out ahead in this area.

Cornerback Dwight Ellick had a nice pass breakup on a pass thrown to wide receiver Chas Gessner, who has cooled off considerably over the past several practices and is looking more and more like a practice squad player.

Despite the fact that Tampa Bay’s defense fared well during the afternoon session, Kiffin threw his hat down in frustration at least two different times.

Bucs defensive lineman Keith Wright had a pass thrown by quarterback Tim Rattay land right in his hands during an 11-on-11 drill, but the ball slipped through them and landed in the receiver’s hands for a completion. Needless to say, this play didn’t make Kiffin to happy.

Still, Tampa Bay’s defense dominated the scout-team offense. Bucs linebacker Ryan Nece nearly intercepted quarterback Jared Allen on a pass thrown into the flat, and safety Blue Adams, who turned in a great practice in the morning, had a good showing again this afternoon that was highlighted by his pass breakup on a throw to Gessner during a full-team session.

The only success Allen really had during the 11-on-11 drill was when he threw down the seams to his tight ends. He managed to connect with tight ends Tim Massaquoi and Matt Kranchick for big gains on two different plays.

Tampa Bay dedicated several minutes to special teams work this afternoon. Bucs cornerbacks Torrie Cox, James Patrick and Justin Phinisee, and wide receivers Mark Jones, J.R. Russell and Derek McCoy, and running back Jacque Lewis each returned kickoffs.

During the kickoff return drill, Gruden spent several minutes meeting with Maurice Stovall and instructing the rookie receiver. For the second straight afternoon workout, Stovall lined up as a tight end in goal line drills, but he did not have a pass thrown his way.

The Bucs are scheduled to hold their final two-a-day practice session on Wednesday followed by their final training camp practice, which is scheduled for Thursday morning.

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