The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are breaking the monotony of the lockout for the next three days in Bradenton, FL by hosting their own player-run three day minicamp, complete with meetings, two-a-days and plenty of team-building. Despite Jeff Faine’s early skepticism, the Bucs have had a tremendous turnout and are currently putting in the work that they so desperately need in lieu of a real off-season.
Unfortunately, The Pewter Plank doesn’t have a man on the ground today, we’re working on that tomorrow. Personally, I’m based out of the state capitol, Tallahassee, and as much as I’d prefer to be down in Bradenton sweating and watching drills in shells and shorts, I have to be here for work. Regardless though, we can offer the following updates and will continue to keep you posted throughout the day.
-Davin Joseph, despite his tenuous contract status (he’s set to become a UFA) is in attendance and taking a leadership role with the lineman alongside the much-maligned Jeff Faine. Joseph seems to be demonstrating to his teammates that he want to stay in Tampa and believes a lot in this team’s potential. It makes zero business sense for Joseph to be out risking injuries like this right now, but he’s doing it. If that doesn’t vault him up in your eyes, you’re crazy.
-DaQuan Bowers is not in attendance, that is if you believe his tweeter feed which has him visiting his mother and joking with former Clemson teammate Ricky Sapp as of about an hour ago (noon). Bowers absence is most likely injury-related, but there are several other Bucs there even without a full bill of health.
-Speaking of those injured Bucs, per JoeBucsFan, Arrelious Benn, Kareem Huggins and Brian Price are all on site despite injuries they are currently rehabbing while Cody Grimm is running and working himself back into condition.
We’ll keep you posted with more.