The Bucs fall to division rivals New Orleans in the Superdome - 11/6/2011
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday October 16.
Ntohing beats a win in on national TV in front of a sold out crowd!
By Tom Krasniqi
It was the third day of Buccaneers training camp on Sunday and the theme of the day was physicality. For the first time as an NFL head coach, Greg Schiano had players put the pads on in what turned out to be a physical practice. “It was more physical today. Guys have a better understanding of their playbooks, so a lot faster today and a lot quicker….we’re competing to get better. Right now, we’re really looking good”, says Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph.
The pace of the practice stayed the same: up-tempo and intense with more physical contact. Defensive end Adrian Clayborn had the hit of the day on fullback Erik Lorig in the flat. That drew a raucous applause from the jam packed crowd at One Buc Place. “The intensity of practice is really high right now. Everybody is running around, flying around. The tempo that we set in practice that coach Schiano has demanded from us is very high”, says tight end Luke Stocker.
The rookies also got a taste of big boy football. Running back Doug Martin endured his first NFL training camp practice in pads and I asked him if it was everything he thought it would be. “Definitely. It was hard hitting out here. Intensity was high. Everybody was eager to get those pads on…a lot of smack talk between the offense and defense so everyone was geeked up to get the pads on”, says Martin.
The weather on Sunday was very much like it was during Friday’s practice, where many players were nauseous and treated for dehydration. Players appeared to be more comfortable in the hot weather conditions on Sunday and that’s a positive sign moving forward. After practice, Schiano says there were no significant injuries which is always a good thing.
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