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Quick notes as Bucs open voluntary minicamp ...



Bucs open their first practice of voluntary minicamp at 1:30, so there's only a minute to run through some quick notes tweeted out from 45 minutes of open locker room. Talked to 13 players and have lots of notes to share -- can go into more detail after practice this afternoon.

Bucs are setting a policy of having no tweets sent out during practice, so this is what you'll have until 4 or so ... lots more coming then.

-- Plenty of notes from open Bucs locker room. LB Jonathan Casillas, TE Luke Stocker are both fully recovered from injuries last year.

-- Bucs' Jeff Demps said he's worked on slot in offseason, ran only one meet with focus on football. Said he likes being at football weight.

-- Bucs' Johnthan Banks embraces competition with Mike Jenkins. Reminds that nobody gave him starting corner job last year as a rookie ...

-- Bucs DT Akeem Spence took signing of Clinton McDonald as chance to learn from veteran with similar body type. Excited about new defense.

-- Bucs DE Adrian Clayborn said he isn't discouraged about team not exercising option for 2015. Said he had no guarantee even if they had ...

-- New Bucs center Evan Dietrich-Smith stressing leadership and bringing together new offensive line that was with several other teams in '13.

-- Bucs DT Gerald McCoy says for all the excitement about getting to QB, won't matter if team can't stop the run. Strong defense starts there.

-- New Bucs WR Louis Murphy (wearing No. 11) excited to make strong first impression this week. WR is wide-open beyond No. 1 Vincent Jackson.

-- Bucs' Da'Quan Bowers: "It's a great time to be a defensive end in this new system." After 7 tackles in 2013, likes freedom of new defense.

-- New roster also has Bucs RB Doug Martin dropping eight pounds to 215, QB Mike Glennon dropping seven pounds to 225.

-- Strange but true: New Bucs roster shows LB Mason Foster (now 6-1) and TE Luke Stocker (now 6-5) are inch shorter since last year's roster.

-- By new roster, Bucs WR Chris Owusu -- listed at 6 feet last year -- is now 6-2. Jeff Demps grew an inch (to 5-8) and gained 16 pounds (191).

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:30pm]


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