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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Bucs put on the pads, defense dominates goal line period



The Bucs donned pads for the first time, allowing players to finally make full contact with one another, and the day didn’t disappoint.

In the much-awaited goal-line drill, the defense got the better of the offense, allowing touchdowns on four of the 10 attempts.

LB Geno Hayes was in on a couple of stops, including an attempted pass to Ryan Purvis, and a stop of RB Allen Bradford at the goal line. One of the scores came from RB LeGarrette Blount, who broke two tackles on his way to the end zone, running behind LT Donald Penn.

QB Josh Johnson threw an easy touchdown to TE Kellen Winslow after Johnson sold a play-action to the running back and hit the ball on his hip.

“That was a fake that we’ve been working on for a long time trying to perfect it,” QB Josh Freeman said. “Actually, he could’ve held it as long as he wanted.”

The offense, remember, was without G Davin Joseph and OTs Jeremy Trueblood and James Lee, who can’t practice until Thursday because they only recently signed their contracts. Freeman is looking for another go-round when his full complement of linemen is available.

“We know what kind of players Brian Price and Gerald (McCoy) and Adrian (Clayborn) and Da’Quan (Bowers) are,” Freeman said. “They’re studs. There’s no doubt about it.

“I want a repeat of this drill when we get Davin and Trueblood back. We’ll be ready to go then.”

[Last modified: Monday, August 1, 2011 8:26pm]


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