All 54 players made it back out onto the football field for Tampa Bay's second rookie mini-camp practice at One Buccaneer Place on Saturday afternoon.

However, Bucs rookie wide receiver Dexter Jackson was extremely limited on Saturday, participating in stretching and the first set of individual warm-ups before taking his helmet off and watching his fellow receivers run through the drills.

"I was just taking a lot of mental reps and learning the system today," said Jackson, who did not reveal much regarding why he was sidelined for most of Saturday's practice.

Jackson, who caught 110 passes for 1,846 yards (16.8 avg.) and 17 touchdowns in 55 games (25 starts) at Appalachian State, wasn't the only one that didn't want to talk much about his status.

Bucs head coach Jon Gruden wouldn't reveal Jackson's mystery ailment, but said the speedy receiver would be ready to participate when the Bucs hold their next set of organized team activities on May 16.

"He's not 100 percent ready," Gruden said of Jackson. "He'll be 100 percent when we return on May 16. We had a 60-play walk-thru this morning and he took the majority of those reps. He'll be fine and ready to go when we resume practice later this month.

"I don't want to talk about it. It's nothing serious. He's kind of embarrassed about it and I'm going to leave it at that."

Gruden was pleased with the overall effort and production from Saturday's practice. The Bucs will hold their third and final rookie mini-camp practice at One Buccaneer Place on Sunday morning.

"It was a good practice," said Gruden. "We are just getting guys acclimated to the system and the heat. We're making some friends and we're making some strides, but we've got a long way to go."

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