Tuesday’s practice at One Buc, or the newly named AdventHealth Training Center, was like a regular season Friday practice. Short, with quick tempo, and wrapped up in under an hour and a half. With the abridged practice, came little new news, but the Bucs did welcome a 21-year NBA veteran who hails from Florida.
Daytona Beach’s Vince Carter dropped by practice and came out onto the practice fields just as the quarterbacks began warming up. Jameis Winston was the first to greet the eight-time NBA all-star who was the league’s 1999 Rookie of the Year and has played for eight different teams, recently signing with the Atlanta Hawks ealrier this month.
Carter spent five minutes for so throwing with the quarterbacks before watching the Bucs practice as they prepare for Thursday night’s final preseason game against the Jaguars.
Head coach Dirk Koetter talked about having Carter visit the team on Tuesday.
“I did get to talk to him. Pretty amazing. 21 years – he’s going on 21 years in the NBA which, wow!” Koetter said. “It’s a great lesson for our guys about a guy that takes care of himself and still looks like he’s 25. It was fun to talk to him and having him out here. I know the guys really enjoyed it.”
In other news, several Bucs will be fighting for roster spots on Thursday night as the team will have to get down to 53 men from 90 currently by Saturday afternoon. Koetter talked about reserve linebacker Riley Bullough who was in a boot the last two days.
“We’ll just have to see how things work out,” Koetter said. “Jason [Licht] is going to get the best 53 – try to get 10 back [on the practice squad]. I mean, Riley’s done a great job as long as he’s been here, but we’ll just have to see.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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