REAR ENTRIES: Into The Fold
May 21, 2012 at 10:03am by Scott • 11 Comments »
BUCS SIGN DAVID: One of the wonderful benefits of the new CBA is the total lack of drama involved in signing draft picks. They just sign. I think the rookie wage scale only technically affects the first-rounders (and maybe not even all of them), but everyone below them are seeming to fall into line earlier this year. And the Bucs just landed their second-rounder, Lavonte David, leaving only their two first-rounders left to go. David was second-string WLB for the one OTA that the media was allowed to observe, but that’s not going to last. If he doesn’t start at WLB for the first game of the regular season, I’ll eat my hat. Although you should keep in mind that all my hats are made of bacon.
WILLIAMS AND JACKSON: Mike Williams expanded on his comments the other day about Vincent Jackson‘s veteran presence and learning from his experiences.
“I call him, ‘Old Head,’ ” Williams said of Jackson.
I love old head! Especially when they’re missing lots of teeth so there’s no unfortunate scraping.
“He’s like the vet out there. We get advice from each other but mostly from him. He’s going out there and showing us what he’s seen throughout his long career, his 1,000-yard seasons and his Pro Bowl seasons. He’s letting us know what we’re going to see. We’re trying to work together as a group to compete.
“Basically, (he said) to keep working on my game. Don’t ever think you’ve mastered it. Keep on working on it. If you catch a pass 1,000 times, he wants you to catch it 1,005.”
Jackson was generally seen as a talented malcontent in San Diego, and some brain-dead bloggers even went so far as to say the Bucs shouldn’t trade for him in a million billion years (although to be fair that was for the price the Chargers were asking), but Jackson seems to be taking his position as the #1 receiver seriously and passing on what he knows to the young guys.
“It’s like, ‘Double (cover) someone now. We dare you,’ ” Williams said. “Having Vincent on the field, you get more confidence in a vet like that and him telling you what to do and how to do it. You get confidence, and we get out there with kind of a swagger.”
And wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck stands on the sidelines nodding and taking imaginary notes to make it look like he has something to do with it.
WHORING: I posted the question on Twitter, but I’ll go ahead and ask it here, too. How many of you dear readers would buy a Bucstats T-shirt if it was available? Or are hats better? Maybe both? What about nice big Bucstats magnets to stick right on your computer or even your backup hard drive? I’m just throwing out ideas here. Let me know what you think in the comments. If enough people are interested, I’ll get on it so everyone has their stuff before training camp. Thanks.