Greg Schiano Eyes Tampa Bay Buccaneer Talent, but Will Mini Camp Help the Draft?

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IApril 18, 2012

Greg Schiano preached "The New Buc Way" on Tuesday.
Greg Schiano preached "The New Buc Way" on Tuesday.

Greg Schiano was excited.

He should be. It was his first look at the team he's signed on to bring from last year's depth of oblivion to this season's challenging schedule.

Schiano was excited, he was all over the practice fields, eyeballing the talent and maybe trying to figure out where he needs help.

Via Buccaneers.com: "It's not a great indicator, they're runnin' around in shorts. It's better than nothing," he said after Tuesday's practice. "We have a long way to go. I'm pleased with the way these guys pushed through."

They pushed through faster tempo, there was more speed, hustle and precision demanded by this coaching regime.

"It's about teaching the way we do things --the effort, precision, schematics, the tempo with which we practice and the attention to detail that's required to play this game effectively."

Everyone was there except for kicker Connor Barth, and deep down inside, although he didn't say it, Schiano was most likely disappointed about that. After all, when a guy is going to be paid $2.6 million to kick football through goalposts, he ought to be there.

To make up for Barth's absence, they Bucs brought in Kai Forbarth, who was cut by Dallas last year.

They had some tryout guys in as well.

Running back Robert Hughes from Notre Dame helped out at tailback, they looked at fullback/tight end Richard Kay from Central Florida, safety Ron Gerault from Rutgers and defense tackles Landon Cohen from Ohio and Ayanga Okpokowuruk (say that three times) from Duke.

There was mix-and-match with linebackers; Mason Foster started in the middle but Quincy Black stepped in there as well.

But most of all, this was to introduce the new culture, the new way of doing things on the fields at One Buccaneer Place, the New Buc Way.

"It's April 17th, I don't want them to be in tip-top shape yet," Schiano said. "We'll give them more tomorrow (Wednesday) and more the next day (Thursday)."We've talked a bunch already. Change is hard. They'll get used to this."

There's a lot of work to do for this staff. There's a little item called the NFL Selection Meeting next Thursday, most of us call it the "draft."

Yeah, Schiano and his staff were out there eyeballing what they've got and probably trying to figure out what they need.

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