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Bucs: Freeman's motivation, special guest

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LT Donald Penn (below) has always been one of QB Josh Freeman's biggest supporters.

And Penn believes Freeman is primed for a great season, pointing out he has millions of reasons to play well in his contract year considering the huge deals given to Cowboys QB Tony Romo (six years, $108 million), Lions QB Matt Stafford (five years, $76.5 million) and Falcons QB Matt Ryan (five years, $103.75 million) during this offseason.

"He should have a lot of motivation seeing all of these quarterback signings," Penn said. "Shoot, I know I would if I were him."

Guest of the day

It has been a whirlwind few months for Strawberry Crest High senior Kevin Garcia. Garcia, 18, who played basketball for the school in Dover despite having scoliosis, was honored at May's Sneaker Soiree. That led to Rays manager Joe Maddon inviting him to a game a few days later. There, Garcia got to present LHP David Price with a pregame award. And Sunday, Garcia was at Bucs practice and played catch with Freeman and RB Doug Martin afterward.

Tough turnaround

With practice coming the morning after the night full-pad workout at Raymond James Stadium, several players took it easy. Guards Davin Joseph (knee) and Carl Nicks (toe), coming back from last season's injuries, were limited. And DE Will Gholston (hamstring), TE Zach Miller (undisclosed) and DT Gary Gibson (ankle) were among those who did not practice for the second straight day.

Quote of the day

"He's a football freak."

Rookie CB Johnthan Banks on star CB Darrelle Revis

Looking back

After watching video of Saturday's practice, coach Greg Schiano said there were expected results for this early in camp. "Really good effort; really bad execution," Schiano said. "And I say 'bad,' I mean a lot of mistakes. There were a lot of assignment errors, which I fully expect because it was practice (No. 3). We installed 95 percent of our first- second- and third-down defense. So really with the exception of red zone and the specialty areas, we had thrown a ton at them, and that's by design. Now we just have to rep it until it gets comfortable."

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Training camp

Where: One Buc Place, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (just east of Raymond James Stadium) in Tampa

Admission: Free

Gates open: 7:45 a.m.

Public practices

Today: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Thursday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Friday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Saturday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Aug. 6: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Aug. 10: 10:10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Preseason games

Aug. 8: Ravens, 7:30, Ch. 8

Aug. 16: at Patriots, 8, Ch. 13

Aug. 24: at Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 8

Aug. 29: Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 8

Bucs: Freeman's motivation, special guest 07/28/13 [Last modified: Sunday, July 28, 2013 6:49pm]
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