Updates on Cadillac Williams, Luke McCown and Byron Leftwich
The Bucs are all checked in here at One Buc Place, and several key players spoke briefly about offseason issues and the season ahead.
Running back Cadillac Williams, who ended 2008 on a sour note by tearing a patellar tendon in his knee, pronounced himself ready to go in practice Saturday morning.
"I'm good to go," he said. "I'm excited and looking forward to it."
The rehab was tough, but going been through a similar recovery with a more severe version of the same injury two years made the process a bit easier. Williams also knows how close he was to returning to his rookie form when he sustained his latest injury.
"It was tough, but the one good thing about this one is that I've been through it before," he said. "From game to game and week to week (last season) I actually felt like myself. That gave me confidence."
Quarterback Luke McCown entered the building feeling vastly different than in years past. He now has a legitimate shot to win the starting job for the first time in his tenure with the Bucs, and that has given him a different outlook.
"It's actually there," McCown said of the opportunity. "You go into camp expecting to be the starter every year, but (now) somebody says, 'You really have a chance this year.' It's a little added emphasis for me. . . It means a lot to me that I'm getting that opportunity."
Leftwich, signed in April, is eager to get to work with an offensive cast he thinks very highly of.
"Best I've ever been around," Leftwich said. "That's another reason I came here because I never had this type of stuff around me. I had it in Pittsburgh, but it wasn't officially mine (Ben Roesthlisberger is the starter there). It makes the game a lot easier and it takes the pressure off you as a quarterback. You don't have to do everything perfect when you have the players that we have."