Griffin makes it five Bulls at Bucs camp
"It was kind of tough, but I made it through, made a few plays," said defensive end Jarriett Buie, wearing a No. 74 jersey (pictured below). "I sacked Josh (Freeman, the Bucs' first-round pick) a couple times. I feel pretty good, fitting into the scheme. There's a lot to learn, but I'm looking forward to it."
The four Bulls -- Buie, tight end Cedric Hill, tackle Marc Dile and receiver Amarri Jackson (left) -- were among 33 players at the minicamp on tryout contracts, but they'll soon be joined by a fifth. Former USF center Jake Griffin got a call from the Bucs on Friday and will be joining the team for the final two days of the minicamp.
"It's pretty neat -- they just called at 2 p.m. and asked me if I could come in," said Griffin, who was scheduled for a physical with the team later Friday. "They asked me if I would be willing to play guard, and I said I'd play anything they asked me to play."
USF's players were accustomed to the Florida heat that other players talked about, but the biggest transition was trying to learn a new playbook and new terminology in a short period of time.
"I'm trying to get it together and learn the plays," said Hill (below), who wore a red No. 81 jersey. "I made a couple mistakes, but this afternoon I did better than this morning. Each day you get better and better, and there's a lot of good competition out here."
Jackson, wearing a red No. 15 jersey, was in the same position last spring and was one of four tryout players to earn a free-agent contract from the Bucs. He was cut in June, but is hoping to latch on again after being out of football the past year. The minicamp continues through Sunday, with a lucky two or three tryout players getting contracts from there.
(Times photos -- Brian Cassella)
-- Former USF center Solomon Jones, in his third season with the Atlanta Hawks, got his first start since his rookie season, filling in for Al Horford in Friday's playoff game against Miami. Jones had four points early -- check out the game online at NBA.com.