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After minicamp, Bucs players call the week a success



The Bucs wrapped up their player-organized minicamp this morning with a single practice at IMG Academies in Bradenton, and the overwhelming sentiment offered was one of satisfaction with the results.

“You get to see where you’re at shape-wise, compared to where your teammates are at,” defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said. “. . . Then, you just get to see how guys have been doing. You come together as a family, which is what I think a team is. If you (form) a team the right way, it’s supposed to be a family. We worked on that family atmosphere with the Bucs.

“Attendance was up and down, but overall I think attendance was great.”

More than 40 players attended today, with roughly 50 or so present during the first two days. The number of players in attendance was itself a reason to call the camp a success.

“It’s impressive,” offensive tackle Jerermy Trueblood said. “I remember the first e-mail. My first thought was, ‘How many guys are going to show up?’ But when I saw the list and how many people were on there, and how many people responded, I kind of knew before we got here there was going to be a lot of people. But I didn’t know there would be over 50 guys. That shows that we’re dedicated to winning.”

And that dedication won’t end now. If the NFL lockout for some reason doesn’t end soon, as expected, quarterback Josh Freeman said the team is prepared for another go-round.

“If this thing lingers on, I’m sure we’ll meet up again,” McCoy said. “. . . We’ll stay in contact. These three days helped out a lot.”

[Last modified: Thursday, June 30, 2011 3:21pm]


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