Gruden livens up practice
These are the hardest days of training camp, when monotomy meets bordem.
Bucs coach Jon Gruden sensed that Tuesday after four dropped passes and some lackluster efforts. So toward the end of practice, he gathered his team up and called for a one-on-one pass rush drill, offense vs. defense, with Gruden selecting the combatants.
At stake for the winners was an extra hour of curfew for Wednesday night.
The defense prevailed 4-3 with rookie Quincy Black beating tight end Alex Smith in the final pairing.
Chest-bumping players erupted wildly after each outcome was determined with Gruden serving as the judge and jury. One player who didn't fare too well was first-round pick Gaines Adams, who was planted by tackle Donald Penn.
""That's something he pulls out every camp to get the guys energized, get us in good competition mode, '' defensive tackle Ellis Wyms said. ""It fires everybody up. And whoever wins gets an extra hour of curfew for rookie night out. That's a little extra incentive to go out there and win and have to be in at midnight instead of 11.
""Quincy is going to be a great pass rusher. We're still doing to stick him with the dinner bill, though.'''