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Next six weeks present test of willpower for Bucs players



When the Bucs were dismissed from practice on Thursday, the final day of their minicamp, one of the most important portions of the offseason commenced.

How is that possible now that the offseason program has ended? Because when training camp begins in late July, players will be expected to arrive in prime physical condition, ready for the rigors to come. And they will have to reach that point on their own because they won’t be at One Buc Place like they have since early April.

This is the time of year when discipline becomes paramount. In between all the vacations and down time players will enjoy during the coming weeks is a responsibility to stay conditioned.

Based on what we know of coach Greg Schiano and his expectations, he won’t be very understanding of those who aren’t prepared when camp opens.

“I think these next six weeks are going to be critical for them to, one, get themselves to a level of conditioning where they can pass our conditioning test and, two, to get into real in-season shape in training camp (shape),” he said. “You need to be at a certain level.”

That conditioning test Schiano mentioned is intriguing. He wouldn’t say what it consists of, but don’t expect it to be a cakewalk.

“It’s a fair test,” he said. “It’s demanding but it’s fair.”

What are the consequences for failing the test? That remains to be seen, but at the very least, doing so likely will land a player in Schiano’s doghouse.

And that’s no way to start your first season under a new coach.

[Last modified: Monday, June 18, 2012 1:24pm]


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