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Barth not taking anything for granted



Bucs kicker Connor Barth earned himself a few fans among teammates Tuesday afternoon, successfully ending the special teams practice with a 51-yard field goal.

That drew a cheer from fellow players, who didn't have to run up-downs in the heat because of the make.

"It's a good pressure kick, something like a game," Barth said, smiling. 

Barth's solid nine-game stint with the Bucs last season puts him in a strong position this camp, as undrafted rookie Hunter Lawrence is the only other kicker here. But Barth, who got cut after camp competitions in Kansas City (2008) and Miami (2009), is not taking anything for granted.

"As a kicker you can't get complacent," Barth said. "Because they're always looking for somebody to replace you. You've got to keep working hard and prove yourself."

Some other sights and sounds from the Bucs special teams practice:

*McCoy cameo: First-round pick DT Gerald McCoy was in partial pads running wind-sprints on one of the side fields, seemingly voluntarily. Typically, most starters who don't play special teams are exempt from these types of workouts.

*Quote of the day: With the Browns and Bucs, rated No. 1 and No. 2 in special teams last year, meeting in Week 1, it'll make for an interesting grudge match.

"It's going to be No. 1-No. 2 battle," Clifton Smith said. "We're going to show we're better than them."



[Last modified: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 4:43pm]


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