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Searching for consistency from McCown

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Ot_292029_borc_bucs_19 With starting quarterback Jeff Garcia out, it has given reserve Luke McCown an opportunity to shine.

The Bucs know what he can do as he battles Brian Griese for the No. 2 job, but head coach Jon Gruden is still looking for more consistency out of McCown. At times, McCown looked great in team drills during Monday's morning session, zipping passes around the field, but the 27-year-old also fumbled two snap exchanges and threw two interceptions.

Gruden said didn't fault the interceptions on McCown, crediting rookie corner Aqib Talib for making a nice play on defense. But the fumbled snaps were another thing.

"That’s the No. 1 fundamental in this game," Gruden said. "At this point and time it’s ridiculous. What else can I say?

"He has about 10 to 12 outstanding plays a day, explosive plays, and he has four or five plays when lightning strikes a little too close to me," Gruden continued. "Luke McCown has got to learn how to use his explosive athletic ability and create on the scramble once in a while when nobody’s open. He threw three or four touchdown passes right away out of the chute, and then he has a couple plays, a fumbled snap, an interception, that he’s got to eliminate and that’s why we keep practicing."

Gruden said Garcia, out since Thursday with a sore calf, could return to the practice field on some capacity in the next 48 hours, even if its just participating in a walkthrough.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA

(Pictured: Bucs QB Luke McCown picks up the ball after a fumble during camp Monday morning in Orlando. James Borchuck. Click to enlarge.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:06pm]

    

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