The Bucs held their annual, free, public night practice today at Raymond James Stadium. It was even televised on Bright House Sports Network. Of course, for those of us who live outside Tampa this is all of little use, so here are the notes I managed to gather:
- Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer talked about ticket sales. He noted that the two primetime games were on track to be sold out, but other games still had a ways to go. It sounds like we'll see blackouts in 2010 again. The two primetime games Glazer referred to are Week 4 against the Indianapolis Colts and Week 15 against the Dallas Cowboys.
- Connor Barth won the kicking contest. So yeah, the Bucs kicker can still kick.
- Gerald McCoy was held out of the practice to rest his shoulder. Brian Price, Arrelious Benn and Da'Quan Bowers all participated.
- The first-team offense was 3-for-3 in goalline drills. Kregg Lumpkin got two carries, while Freeman threw a pass to Kellen Winslow for the third touchdown. The use of Kregg Lumpkin suggests that he's the current goalline/short-yardage back. The offense went 6-for-9 overall on goalline drills.
- In 1-on-1s DaQuan Bowers blew by Jeremy Trueblood once, but then Trueblood got him back by slamming to the ground.
- Also in 1-on-1s, Davin Joseph won both his reps. Donald Penn also won both his reps against Adrian Clayborn. In fact, according to What The Buc? and Stephen Holder, the offensive line was dominating 1-on-1s.
- Aqib Talib is still loved by the fans, as the cornerback got a huge round of applause at his introduction. Aqib Talib proceeded to drop a pick on his 1-on-1 against Mike Williams.
- E.J. Biggers had the play of the night with an interception while covering Preston Parker.
- Rudy Carpenter beat Jonathan Crompton in the finals of the QB skills competition. So apparently, neither Josh Johnson nor Josh Freeman made it there.