Tampa Bay Buccaneers Summer Camp: What To Expect, Campers!
As your Buccaneers camp counselor, I'll be letting you know what's been going on in mini camp so far. By the way, the Bucs announced this week that they'll be staying home for camp this year.
No more Disney World. Which stinks, because last year I had a really good time eating a Mickey Mouse head ice cream cone while watching the team work out at Wide World of Sports.
Now I'm a little sad.
It cheers me up a little that Josh Freeman, among many others, are battling for the starting quarterback job this year. Call me Jon Gruden, but I love QB competitions.
He's competing with several veterans for that No. 1 spot, and it doesn't seem likely that Byron Leftwich is going to want to sit on the sidelines; ditto for Brian Griese, Luke McCown, and Josh Johnson.
It'll be interesting to see how it plays out.
In other camp news, pending camp performance, defensive tackle Roy Miller and defensive end Kyle Moore could quickly fit into the rotation up front, and wide receiver Sammy Stroughter and cornerback E.J. Biggers look better than seventh round draft picks.
There are also three dozen no names at this time in mini camp who could emerge with star status.
Shiny and new head coach Raheem Morris insists that everyone's equal at this point.
The real competition, at this time at least, is between the rooks. Upcoming practices with the full team should test brawn and endurance, and by May 16 we should know which young prospects will return to Buccaneers summer camp.
Do the Roster Shuffle
Rookie mini camp was only three days long this past weekend, but there have been some changes made to the squad roster due to injuries or players that did not report.
Among the players that failed to report or were sent home packing include Akron defensive tackle Nate Robinson, Mississippi State wide receiver Co-Eric Riley, Mississippi State guard Michale Gates, and Grambling defensive tackle Melvin Matthew.
New members to camp include Louisville wide receiver Pat Carter, South Florida guard Jake Griffin, Florida State defensive tackle Paul Griffin, and Georgia Tech defensive end Adam Oliver.
The team also added former Boston College tight end Ryan Purvis over the weekend.
The Beginning of Camp is Always Wacky
If you're confused or overwhelmed so far, campers, have no fear. The beginning of camp is always wacky.
Luckily we'll know more next week, as the beginning of camp buzz settles down.
To leave you with some good news, new teammate Purvis caught 113 passes for 1,122 yards and six touchdowns over four seasons with the Eagles. He joins a seemingly strong tight end group in Tampa that was recently reduced by one when Alex Smith was traded to the New England Patriots last Thursday.
Until next meeting, campers, when we take a look at how Buccaneers summer camp is unfolding.
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