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McCoy excited about improved Bucs offense, McCown

Gerald McCoy arrived for training camp wearing a robe and slippers.


Gerald McCoy arrived for training camp wearing a robe and slippers.



TAMPA -- Gerald McCoy is eager to see the Bucs defense get back to being a dominating unit, but he has high expectations for improvement on the other side of the ball this season as well.

"I'm really excited to see what happens with our offense. They have so many dynamic players on that side of the ball," he said. "I'm excited to see how the o-line comes together. I don't know how much people really know how good Josh McCown is. I think a lot of people are about to see how good he really is."

McCown, 35, enters the season entrenched as the team's starting quarterback ahead of Mike Glennon, who started 13 games as a rookie last year. McCoy said there's a true leadership to McCown, who has gained much experience in 11 NFL seasons without the wear and tear of being a regular starting quarterback the whole way.

"People don't realize how athletic he is," said McCoy, wearing a robe and slippers as players arrived to report for training camp at One Buc Place just after 7 a.m. Thursday. "He's (35), but with the amount of time he's played, he's 28. His mental capacity is as old as it gets. He's been around for a while. His leadership ability is incredible, and he's going to lead this team."

The Bucs have made key additions on defense as well, such as defensive end Michael Johnson, who signed with the Bucs after making a name for himself in Cincinnati, giving the Tampa Bay defense an outside pass rush that was lacking last season.

"He brings something we haven't had around here in a long time, and that's a very complete defensive end," McCoy said. "He can rush the passer, he can play the run, he can drop in coverage. He can do everything you need him to do, and he's a vet. He's been to the playoffs the last three out of four years. When you have a guy that dynamic that can play that well, it opens it up for everyone else."

[Last modified: Thursday, July 24, 2014 11:49am]


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