Still in the eye of the storm for Buccaneer news as we sit about 2 months and 10 days from the start of training camp, but there are still a few news nuggets out there. Hey, at least we're closer to the 2010 preseason than the 2009 playoffs, so we've got that going for us....
Today begins the first of 14 alotted voluntary practices for the rookies and the veterans. Roy Cummings identifies and takes a closer look at 5 veterans who will be worth following closely during the offseason. Cummings notes that Michael Clayton could be duking it out with Mario Urrutia, Mark Bradley, and Preston Parker for a roster spot. Ouch.....but still arguably true.
Donald Penn is expected to miss said workoutsand could also miss next month's mandatory minicamps, in which the team would most likely impose a fine on Penn. Missing voluntary workouts? Eh, happens in holdouts. Missing mandatory minicamp? Happens as well, but shouldn't. If Penn misses those, he's cutting off his nose to spite his face and would be coughing up money, not earning it.
The City of Tampa has put in its bid for host city of the 2014 Super Bowl. With New York getting a waiver from the league, boasting a new stadium, and having never hosted before, I don't see how they don't get the bid...but I'll remain hopeful that the league will recognize the great job the City of Tampa has done in hosting the previous matchups and will keep Tampa in the conversation.
CBSSports.com writer Pete Prisco loves what he's seen out of Josh Freemanso far and admits criticizing the pick was wrong. Prisco also references Freeman's work ethic since taking over the starting gig and refers to him as the anti-Russell. I like his work ethic as well, but I want to see some baby steps in the preseason/early part of the regular season....namely better decision making and more accurate throws. However, that improved decision-making comes, in part, from educating yourself on tendencies and looks of the opposing defenses, so his aggressive film study and preparation is a big step in that direction.