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Buccaneers Training Camp: Returner jobs up for grabs

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had another practice today, and we have all the relevant notes for you.

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  • Mike Williams was back at practice after limping off at the end of the previous practice. Presumably that was just a cramp.
  • Adrian Clayborn, Myron Lewis and Tiquan Underwood were working on the side, according to Rick Brown.
  • Carl Nicks was taking part in "more" team drills, per Tom Krasniqi. Stephen Holder notes that the Bucs are feeling good about the star offensive guard.

Position Battles

  • Mike James was practicing with the second-team offense, ahead of Peyton Hillis, per Roy Cummings. Whatever happened to Michael Smith, who was the backup for most of this offseason?
  • Michael Smith, Chris Owusu, Kevin Ogletree and Mike James were taking turns returning kickoffs, according to Tom Krasniqi. The Bucs couldn't get a good kick return to save their lives last year.
  • Punt returns were part of practice, too. Tom Krasniqi noted Mike Williams, Chris Owusu and Branden Smith as the competitors there. Owusu's getting a lot of attention and could play a decent role this year.
  • Tom Krasniqi likes Carlton Mitchell, too, commenting on his hands catching rather than body catching. Good competition at receiver this year.
  • Pewter Report thought the defense had a great practice, once again highlighting Johnthan Banks' play.
  • Speedsters Steven Means and Aaron Morgan were in at defensive end during the final two-minute drill, according to Roy Cummings.

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