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Graham still a no-show; Talib takes it in

Running back Earnest Graham was absent from Bucs workouts, which continued Tuesday at One Buc Place.

The voluntary workout was cut short due to lightning, but the few reps first-round pick Aqib Talib took at corner left a pretty big impression on the former Kansas star. He said the pace was much faster than the rookie camp a few weeks ago, and it'll likely take him a few workouts to get used to the speed.

"The reps I did get, it went pretty good," Talib said. "But this is a lot faster (than rookie minicamp). There were a lot more players thrown at you here. Plus you got (guys in) motion so you’ve got to know exactly what to check, exactly what to do. It was kind of overwhelming, but a couple more practice and I should be in tune with the situation."

Talib said he's worked the past two weeks to get in better shape - and brush up on the playbook. And though he didn't get much time to chat with veterans like Ronde Barber, Talib had his first welcome-to-the-NFL moment.

"It's sunk in now- my locker is right next to Derrick Brooks," Talib said with a grin. "I'm a Tampa Bay Buccaneer now."

Jeff Garcia was here at the workout, though there's been no new updates on any contract negotiations.

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:02pm]

    

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