Tuesday will be telling
Kickoff is still months away, but the preparation already is underway.
Those preparations will reach another gear on Tuesday when the Bucs begin their first week of full-squad OTAs (offseason team activity). They're not necessarily mandatory, but trust us when we say it's in your best interest to show up.
With that said, the attendance at Tuesday's session should tell us a few things, or, quite possibly, leave more questions.
For starters: Will Shelton Quarles participate? The educated guess would be no, seeing how physicians are still trying to determine whether an undisclosed injury will prevent him from playing this fall. Hopefully we get some answers to his ongoing saga. It's been more than a month since Quarles first divulged that there is doubt about his ability to continue playing and still there's no resolution.
The other case we'll be watching closely is that of Brian Kelly. The cornerback's relationship with the organization continues to be strained, and it's anybody's guess whether he will show up. Kelly missed most of last season after electing to undergo toe surgery rather than waiting to see whether rest would heal his injury. That left him and the team at odds, putting further stress on a relationship that has long been affected by Kelly's dissatisfaction with his contract.
We'll see what other news, if any, comes out this week's workouts. Check back here and in this week's editions of the Times for more information.