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Underwood making an impression in Bucs camp

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WR Tiquan Underwood, on his third team in four NFL seasons since coming out of Rutgers, hopes he can find a way to stick with the Bucs.

And coach Greg Schiano, Underwood’s college coach, likes the way the 6-foot-1, 184-pound receiver can stretch the field.

“He’s had a good first four days of camp, he’s made some big plays – some chunk plays – which are critical in offensive football,” Schiano said. “Four days doesn’t a camp make, but you’ve got to have the first four before you can have the second. Right now, he’s off to a good start.”

Underwood, 25, knows it's important to be versatile, including making an impact on special teams, to find a coveted spot on the 53-man roster. But he's seeing his confidence grow early in camp.

“Just getting more comfortable with the playbook, and when you’re comfortable and know what you’re doing, you can play faster,” Underwood. “I’m just trying to do that and show the coaches they can depend on me.” 

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@tampabay.com

 

[Last modified: Monday, July 30, 2012 1:54pm]

    

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