The first full week of training camp is now in the books, and we’ve learned quite a bit about our beloved Buccaneers. Darrelle Revis is either on pace or slightly ahead, Chris Owusu is standing out at the WR position, and Akeem Spence is “ridiculously strong.” But that’s not all, so for a whole bunch more about the goings on this week at camp, we scoured the web and brought you some of the week’s best.
- The Tampa Bay Times has an article about the lack of distractions surrounding the Bucs since Schiano became the coach. Camp has been a complete focus on camp, no n-word flinging WR’s, (alleged) murderer TE’s, or bounty-driven DE’s. The Buccaneers’ focus has been on football, and that’s hopefully going to pay off come September and beyond.
- Saturday’s practice was a real doozy. Roy Cummings at the Tampa Tribune recapped it in an article on TBO.com. A big hit from Anthony Gaitor or Eric Page, and a collision between Dashon Goldson and Da’Quan Bowers were just a few of the instances where players wound up on the ground. All during a practice where they weren’t supposed to tackle. Heck, even Schiano hit the dirt with some motivational push-ups.
- Over at the PewterReport we found out the first team offense was “unveiled” Thursday. Tom Crabtree got the nod as the TE, and Brian Leonard was the fullback. Those positions are clearly still up for grabs, but being the first ones to get the shot is often a good indication of where everyone stands in the minds of the decision makers. Of course, performance in upcoming practices and preseason games will go a long way in the final decisions.
- ESPN.com’s NFC South blog gave us this “step-by-step” plan for Darrelle Revis. The Buccaneers have made it clear they are going to take every precaution necessary when it comes to Revis’ recovery, but it still seems as though the plan will be to have him out there full-go against the Jets.
- Finally we step away from camp and head to Canton, where Buccaneers legend Warren Sapp was enshrined as an NFL great at this years Hall of Fame induction ceremony. So obviously Sapp articles were a plenty this week. A couple that stood out to me were about Sapp’s early years from Eric Erlendsson at TBO and Andrew Ward at the Orlando Sentinel. Erlendsson tells us how influential Sapp’s mother was in his recruitment to Miami, and Ward shows that Sapp was dreaming big since he was a “little” kid. You can also find Sapp’s speech at Canton here.