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McCoy healthy, in better shape and more relaxed heading into his second year



The prolonged lockout didn't appear to slow the progress of Bucs DT Gerald McCoy, especially when it came to working out.

"The main thing is I got in better shape," McCoy said Thursday upon reporting to One Buc Place. "When I left here (after last season) I was 310 (pounds) with 22-percent body fat. When I weighed in yesterday, I was 296 with 16.1. I kind of worked out a little bit this offseason, got in better shape and better prepared.

"I grew up mentally, as far as compared to my rookie year."

McCoy, the No. 3 overall pick in 2010, appeared to come into his own late last season before torn biceps forced him to miss the final three games. He said he's 100-percent now, and after a rookie year he described as "confusing" and "50-percent stress," he enters Year 2 a lot more relaxed. McCoy finished last season with 28 tackles and three sacks.

"There was a lot of confusion at the beginning of the year on my assignments and what I needed to do, got moved around alot, " McCoy said. "But once I relaxed and played ball, and came into my own, I started to come along. Then I got injured, but that's this game, people get injured. But this year, even just being in the building, I feel more relaxed. Like I feel like I'm at home as opposed to last year, where it was a new environment for me, I just felt uncomfortable. I knew this was my team now, but now, I feel like it's my family. I just walk around and say 'What's up?' to everybody like I've been here for 10 years." 

McCoy, one of the more colorful and outgoing Bucs, showed off his personality Thursday with about two dozen reporters and TV crews, borrowing a photographer's camera to take shots of T Donald Penn, and posing as a reporter in asking a question to QB Josh Freeman.

Asked McCoy: “Mr. Freeman, do you think it’d be a good idea to tell the offensive coordinator to get Gerald in on goalline so he can go out for a pass? I think I’ve got a better touchdown dance than (Warren) Sapp."  

Freeman laughed, but played to his audience, “I put you in the top five hands on the team. Sure, we’ve got to get Gerald some touches.”





[Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2011 2:14pm]


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