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Buccaneers OTA Notes 5/20: Adrian Clayborn practices, Akeem Spence fights

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Adrian Clayborn returns from injury, this is still Josh Freeman's football team and more.

Al Messerschmidt

The first day of OTAs is over, and we have a full list of news and notes for you. Check it out!

  • Adrian Clayborn has returned from an ACL injury suffered in week three of the 2012 season. He practiced with the team, per Stephen Holder. Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks and Darrelle Revis did not (yet) participate in OTAs. Clayborn is expected to start at right defensive end, and the Bucs have no real depth behind him.
  • Greg Schiano noted that both Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks are on schedule to be ready for training camp, and that Darrelle Revis was progressing day by day and looked good as well.
  • Fourth-round rookie defensive tackle Akeem Spence got into a fight at practice with Jeremy Zuttah. Rick Stroud claims Jeremy Zuttah took offense to Spence going at full speed, with Spence saying he "wasn't going to back down". Going at full speed is probably a bad thing, given the rules of the CBA. Fights at practice are fairly common during the offseason and they aren't generally signs of problems, just a consequence of the competitive atmosphere.
  • Mark Dominik reiterated that this is Josh Freeman's football team:
  • Greg Schiano was happy with the shape everyone else was in, but thought the practice was sloppy and the team did a good job "holding each other up" and keeping everyone off the ground. No live contact is allowed during OTAs.
  • Schiano says that Freeman in his second year in the same system is more comfortable and looked sharp. Greg Schiano also reiterated that Josh Freeman is their starting quarterback and that his comments should be taken as just a part of his philosophy of competition.
  • Schiano believes Tom Crabtree has the physical traits to be a productive receiving tight end, that Luke Stocker has improved this offseason and that Akeem Spence may be the most physically strong guys in the NFL. Spence loves weightlifting, which explains that.

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