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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Piscitelli steals the spotlight

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July

Safety Sabby Piscitelli has taken advantage of his snaps during the first several days of camp, and today was no different.

Bucs The second-year player from Oregon State who spent most of his rookie season on injured reserve starred this morning with an interception off Luke McCown and an eye-opening forced fumble.

On the interception, Piscitelli skillfully leaped in front of tight end Alex Smith to snatch the pick, landing in full stride with an opportunity for a nice return had it been a regulation game. The forced fumble was equally impressive, as receiver Michael Clayton positioned himself for a nice sideline grab, looking as if he were bound for the end zone. But Piscitelli ran him down from behind and sneakily punched the ball out of Clayton's grip, sending it through the end zone for what would have been a touchback.

That's two potential turnovers in short order. Not bad for one morning's work.

This afternoon, the Bucs are scheduled to have just a special-teams workout, so Jeff Garcia took the majority of the snaps with the first-team offense. That left Chris Simms and Josh Johnson off to the side to be spectators for most of the practice.

We'll update you later today if further news develops.

[Bucs safety Sabby Piscitelli knocks the ball loose from receiver Michael Clayton with a hand on his facemask during morning practice at training camp on Tuesday. Brian Cassella, Times]

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:05pm]

    

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