Morris gives Bucs day off after Trueblood fields a punt in challenge
Tackle Jeremy Trueblood is not known for catching footballs. But on Monday, he was asked by coach Raheem Morris to block out the pressure and given one chance to catch a punt from Brent Bowden.
If he caught it, the Bucs would have Tuesday off. If he dropped it, they would be back to work.
Bucs players are sleeping in on Tuesday.
Trueblood made a juggling -- abeit legitimate catch of the punt and was mobbed by players.
"If I caught it we didn't have practice tomorrow. If I dropped it we did. So, I had a lot of pressure for somebody who has never fielded a punt before," Trueblood said. "I was taking a knee no matter what. I did have little trouble. I bobbled it, but I caught it. That's all that matters.
"I don't why he picked me..."I almost fell out there.''
Said Morris, "He was nervous, too.''
The Bucs had four Organized Team Activities (voluntaryu practices) scheduled this week. The team's three-day mandatory minicamp begins in a week.
"I think Raheem needs a day off,'' cornerback Ronde Barber said. "Either way, he would've given him a mulligan. It was a chip shot. He couldn't drop the thing."
"We can always use a day off. We've got four weeks of training camp. In my head, these are bonus days. I know not everybody is here. Some guys have other commitments. But we're getting ahead. We've got more stuff in than we've ever had in the past.''