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McCoy has subtle changes to learn about the Bucs defense

Gerald McCoy thrived in a one-gap defense at Oklahoma and took advantage of his considerable quickness and pass rush skills.

The third overall pick from Oklahoma got a crash course in the Bucs defense during the team's three-day rookie minicamp.

As schemes go, there were only a few differences.

"It's jumping the ball but reading at the same time,'' McCoy said. "At Oklahoma, you also had to jump the ball and react to what you see. Here, it's as soon as the ball or the man moves, you jump the ball. You still jump the ball, but you see where the man is going first. Whereas at Oklahoma, you jump the ball then see the man. It's just flipped.'

"It's not been too strenuous.  Sometimes, they put you behind blocks. That's kind of why we've got good linebackers. They push you behind the block, you just push the man in the hole, the linebacker fills and you've still done your job. Then we get into pass rush formations and that's when I do what I do.''

McCoy is back at Oklahoma finishing up a few classes. He will return to the team sometime during the first week of OTA's that begin May 17-19.

It was hard to really gauge McCoy's talents against undrafted free agents and tryout players. But he is looking forward to mixing it up against the veterans later this month. Of course, the real test for linemen comes after the pads start popping in training camp.

"The big guys will be waiting on me and beat up on me a little bit,'' McCoy said. "They can't wait to get the little young rookie in here to say, "Aw, grow up.' I'm ready for it, though.''


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 4:01pm]


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