The Buccaneers wrapped up Day 2 of training camp on Saturday and the weather wasn’t an issue as it was on Friday, that saw the team limited to less than one hour on the field.
After practice, the players spent nearly a half hour signing autographs for the fans who attended the open practice and also worked their way over to the media waiting to interview them.
Below are a number quotes from head coach Lovie Smith and select players.
Head coach Lovie Smith(Open Statement from his post-practice press conference)“Nice to get a full practice in. It felt like today was our first practice to get in. Of course, I’ve talked about tomorrow being a padded day, so we needed to get a little work in, get some of the rust off to get ready for that a little bit. We’re not Carolina Panther ready right now, but we are getting a little bit closer there. Typical play: Josh McCown throws an interception. Great play by Mark Barron to intercept the ball. But Josh comes back and throws a touchdown to Vincent Jackson after that. That’s kind of how the day went – some good and bad, which you expect on your second day of practice. But good work. We had a couple of minor injuries. I don’t really know the extent of the injuries yet, but nothing major. We should be able to take the team that we want to see to the football field tomorrow and really get a good evaluation, but it’s always good to get something on video. Yesterday’s practice, we weren’t really able to get anything on, so we have good video, as coaches, to evaluate the guys from on this very step.”
(On how the players reacted to having Warren Sapp out at training camp on Saturday)“It’s hard not to know that Warren [Sapp] is in the house. It seemed like old times. I turned around and [heard], ‘Hey, Love.’ Took me back to 1996. I looked around and I saw Hardy Nickerson there. Warren Sapp, I loved every day that I was around him. Seeing how a Hall of Famer plays, but how he practices. Warren Sapp practiced as hard as anyone. And for a defensive lineman, when he comes around, it has to pick you up a little bit.”
Tight End Austin Seferian-Jenkins (On staying in shape while missing the offseason program)“There’s nothing really you can do that substitutes running around here doing football stuff, but I’ve got to give credit Exos [Performance] in Phoenix for really trying to get me prepared as best as I could with nutrition, running, weightlifting, all of that stuff, recovery and treatment on my foot. My foot feels a lot better, I did as much as I could. I was down there in Phoenix for about two months and then I came out here. I did as much as I could and I tried to get as many mental reps as I could watching film.”
(On being able to participate in the start of training camp)“I wasn’t here for the offseason program, but I was here for rookie mini-camp and I just came out here today and did what I could do and every day is going to be another step in getting better in where I want to be. Today was really my first time ever getting out there and running around with the defense in over six months now. I felt good in where I’m at. There’s a lot of room to improve and there’s a lot of room to improve all over the board.”
Wide Receiver Mike Evans(On putting on the pads Sunday)“Very excited to do that. The DBs have been talking a little bit so we get to go out there and have some fun with them. But it gives us a good look. A good game look. They can get their hands on us, we can get our hands on them, so it will be good. It’ll be easier.”
Cornerback Leonard Johnson(On getting reps at the nickel corner position)“I’m not worried about that, I’m not worried about the other guys, I’m just worried about coming out and getting better each and every day, if that’s better than the others, that’s what it will be.”
Guard Oniel Cousins(On his thoughts of how his career has been to this point)“I like to say I’m happy, I’m playing, and I’m doing something I love. Sometimes the play you want seems to go a certain way, but that’s just life, you just keep going, that’s my mentality, I’m never too high and I’m never too low.”
Safety Dashon Goldson(On what Smith has talked to him about his tackling)“I don’t think he wants me to lose my aggressiveness, I think they like the way I play, the way I approach the ball carriers and the ball. But he definitely has let me know I have to lower my target and I am sure when we put the pads on he is going to implement some tackling and doing it the right way just save some money for a lot of his players.”
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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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 [email protected]
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