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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

A taste of Florida heat

The second day of rookie mini-camp was another scorcher at One Buc Place. Of course, if you set foot outside at any point during the day in Tampa Bay, you already knew that.

That meant another tough day for many of the newcomers who have spent their college careers players in cooler regions of the country. Coaches will be paying close attention to their ability (or inability) to cope with the conditions.

"They need to understand that this just a warm-up in terms of the sun," coach Jon Gruden said. "It’s not even begun to swelter yet. We talked about that a lot. Our players need to educate themselves as to how to play at a high level in this kind of weather. And if they don’t, they won’t make this team. They won’t play because conditioning is critical at this level of football."

That doesn't leave a whole lot of room for interpretation, huh?

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:45pm]


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