Look and learn
The focus of the Bucs players during Wednesday's joint workout was mostly on self-improvement. DT Gerald McCoy was one of those who sought to improve by observing the practice habits of some of the Patriots.
McCoy spent a lot of time watching Patriots QB Tom Brady, and he said he came away so impressed with Brady's approach to practice that he will try to adopt some of his habits as his own.
"He is who he is for a reason, and the reason is the way he practices and focuses," McCoy said. "I mean, I've never seen a guy that focused the whole time in practice like that. He just like locks in and as soon as he gets a break it's like he's coming out of a trance. But when he's in it, he's in it. He's good, and he's never satisfied, and you can see that when he practices."
Ready, set, go
Josh Freeman could play more than half of Friday's exhibition game against the Patriots, but he will likely be shut down after that and not play again until the Sept. 9 regular season opener against Carolina.
That means Freeman has little time left to get a handle on coordinator Mike Sullivan's new offense. But Freeman said the entire offense has worked hard this preseason to ensure their grasp is good come opening day.
"I feel like we have a pretty good fundamental grasp of it already," Freeman said. "We've kind of pushed a lot of our goals this preseason, and it's a great system. I'm really looking forward to going out and running it.
Odds and ends
LeGarrette Blount, who left last week's game early with a groin injury, said he has had no recurring problems during practice this week and is full go for Friday's game.
After leaving Tuesday's workout early with an unspecified injury, CB Eric Wright was back at practice Wednesday. So, too, was TE Luke Stocker, who sat out Tuesday and missed most of last week's workouts with an unspecified ailment.
The Bucs announced the start time for their final preseason game, against the Redskins on Wednesday, has moved from 7:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
|About the writer|
Roy Cummings has been The Tampa Tribune's primary Buccaneer beat writer for many years now and has a knowledge of the current players that is unsurpassed amongst local reporters. He also appears on Channel 8's news broadcasts on stories about the Bucs. He came to London with the Bucs in 2009 and was at Richmond Park to be part of the Bucs UK's most memorable day when the club took on the UK Patriots at touch football in front of many Bucs alumni and club officials.