Monday, December 18, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs' Josh McCown back as starting QB; obvious rookie quotes

Back in the saddle again

QB Josh McCown reported to his 13th training camp Thursday, but it's his first as a starter in a decade. The 35-year-old was last counted on as the No. 1 in 2004 with the Cardinals. He then failed to throw a touchdown in his first four games and finished the season with 11 along with 10 interceptions for a team that went 6-10.

"Very humbling, especially at this stage," said McCown, who went 3-2 as a starter with the Bears last season while throwing 13 touchdowns and one interception. "But I'm excited because you know where you stand going into camp. So it's definitely a little bit of a departure from different years. But I'm excited about it. I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be fun.

"It's a fun time of year just going to camp. It's always the same feeling. You get a little bit of butterflies, nerves and anxiousness just to get started. But for me, being in my 13th year, it's humbling to just be able to do this. So I'm very thankful for the opportunity. It's very cool."

Quotes of the day

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is one of 20 rookies in camp. And while the second-round pick said he's ready for the transition to the NFL, he understands it's a different world than college:

"I'm assuming everyone's really, really good."

Seferian-Jenkins had one more obvious answer. Asked what the biggest challenge is for a rookie in training camp:

"Well, you've never played in the NFL before. That might be a challenge."

Training camp

When: Through Aug. 14

Where: One Buc Place

Public workouts

Today: 4:30-7 p.m.

Saturday: 4:30-7 p.m.

Sunday: 2-4:30 p.m.

Monday: 1-3:30 p.m.

Thursday: 2-4:30 p.m.

Aug. 1: 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Raymond James Stadium)

Aug. 3: 4:30-7 p.m.

Aug. 4: 4:30-7 p.m.

Aug. 5: 4:30-7 p.m.

Aug. 10: 2-4:30 p.m.

Aug. 11: 4:30-7 p.m.

Aug. 12: 4:30-7 p.m.

Aug. 14: 2-4:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

Tickets: buccaneers.com, (813) 870-2700

Note: Times subject to change. For the latest updates, see buccaneers.com.

Preseason schedule

Aug. 8: at Jaguars, 7:30, Ch. 8

Aug. 16: vs. Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 8*

Aug. 23: at Bills, 4:30, Ch. 8

Aug. 28: vs. Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 8 *

* Subject to blackout

Rick Stroud and Greg Auman, Times Staff Writersers

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