A little extra running after practice for Talib
Following practice Thursday, coach Raheem Morris put his arm around cornerback Aqib Talib and re-directed him to the Bucs' weight room. Shortly afterward, strength and conditioning coach Kurtis Schultz emerged and Talib began running a series of sprints on an empty practice field.
Punishment for a blown assignment? Or just making sure Talib stuck to the off-season program?
"Right now, I feel this part of the season is about finding ways to manage and maintenance your players,'' Morris said. "This is voluntary work...but when I have him in the building, I want to try to help Aqib make it a 16-game season. There's no secret he's had some hamstring issues his first two seasons in the league. You try to find ways to prevent those from happening and recurring every single year.
""It will never his idea to go out there and run, I'm not going to kid you. But it's going to be the organization's idea...Now you tell him to out there and get some extra one-on-ones with a receiver? It's probably his idea.
What did Morris talk to Talib about on the way to weight room?
"He was confessing that he played basketball yesterday so he thought he had some running and got a little extra in,'' Morris said. "I just let him know, that was great, I was so proud of him. And I was so proud that he and Josh Johnson went and played basketball last night and got extra running in for his hamstrings. I was really fired up and that was awesome. Now I was going to just walk him down to Kurtis to talk with him and do whatever small negotiation Kurtis had to do to encourage him in our voluntary workouts to go run a little extra.''