C Faine believes long OTAs important for young Bucs
Bucs center Jeff Faine believes the two-hour, 'voluntary' practice sessions this off-season are necessary to help develop a young team -- especially quarterback Josh Freeman.
"I think for this team, yes, it's necessary,'' Faine said. "It's a young team. Two years ago? Nah. I think it's just the different make-up of the team. Some guys need it. Some guys need the looks, especially No. 5 (Freeman) needs all the looks he can see. I think it's important and this is just part of it.''
Many NFL teams limit Organized Team Activities to about 45 minutes or an hour each day. The Bucs conduct two-hour, non-contact practices and have been focusing on the passing game, red zone work and the two-minute offense.
The Bucs pushed 11 of their 14 OTAs to June so most of their nine draft picks and college free agents could participate.
A year ago, the Bucs offensive line focused on honing their zone blocking scheme under then offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski. This year, there will be more of a mix under Greg Olson.
"I think it's going to be a little more balanced,'' Faine said. "It was a necessary evil to get it in. Some teams you play against, some defenses that you play against, one works better than the other. I think it was a little baptism by fire last year, really a heavy dose of it, was good for us. Really, we did a little bit ofit under (Jon) Gruden but it was a heavy dose of it this past year and will be good for us moving into this year.''