Camp Freeman: Day 1
June 29, 2011 at 10:27am by Scott • 9 Comments »
[Some of this duplicates some information posted below that I didn't realize was posted until just now. But read it again because it's actual Buccaneer football news and you were just going to play with yourself all day anyway.]
* Depending on who you ask, between 45 and 50 players showed up to Camp Freeman yesterday. The Bucs have 82 players (including suspended Tanard Jackson) on their roster, so that’s more than half. Among notable no-shows is Barrett Ruud, Cadillac Williams, LeGarrette Blount, Ronde Barber and Greg White. Notable yes-shows were Aqib Talib, Davin Joseph, Jeremy Trueblood, Maurice Stovall, Quincy Black… lots of guys who will be free agents when the lockout is over. That’s pretty cool. Brian Price and Kareem Huggins were there but sat out because of injury, which I think says a lot about their dedication to this team and the building of chemistry. Arrelious Benn was limited because of his knee.
* Also pretty cool is the number of linemen who showed up. Jeff Faine, Donald Penn, Jeremy Zuttah, Trueblood and Joseph were all there. Penn said it was good to get in a three-point stance again since the last time he did in January.
* Rookies Mason Foster and Adrian Clayborn chose to attend Camp Freeman instead of the rookie symposium. For their benefit, I’ll summarize what they’re missing: Save your money, don’t hit women, everyone is out to get you.
* Speaking of Joseph, he said he’d like to come back to the Bucs but that it has to “make sense”. Which means he’s open to all offers and the Bucs will need to pony up to keep him. They’ll certainly have the cap room; the question is if they think he’s worth whatever the other teams offer him. Joseph also made it clear that re-signing other offensive linemen who are free agents (read: Trueblood) would influence his decision to stay.
* It’s wasn’t only offensive linemen who showed up. Several defensive linemen were there too, and it was Gerald McCoy who really stepped up and became the leader of that group.
* McCoy looks like a different dude. He has spent the last several months sculpting his body. He has lost fat, gained muscle and definition and looks like a different player.
* And not to get all gay with it or anything, but this is what Dekoda Watson looks like these days.
Okay, maybe getting a little gay with it.
* I had mentioned the other day that there wouldn’t be coaches at this minicamp so the more experienced players would have to instruct the young ones. While that is happening, IMG is providing coaches for the camp. For example, Ken Dorsey is the quarterbacks coach. And before you make fun of that, remember that Alex Van Pelt is their real quarterbacks coach.
* Sessions included weightlifting and other workouts, position drills, scripted plays and team meetings. The format was a typical two-a-day. It wasn’t as tight as a normal minicamp, but it definitely wasn’t bullshit, either. It was pretty organized.
* Nobody is really reporting how anyone “looked” in terms of ability, although guys like Talib and Cody Grimm who ended the season on injured reserve practice full-speed, so their injuries seem to be behind them.
Workouts to continue today, possibly with even more players.