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Bucs: More Hall of Fame reflections

Aeneas Williams thanked Bucs assistant Gill Byrd in his Hall induction speech.

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Aeneas Williams thanked Bucs assistant Gill Byrd in his Hall induction speech.

Late night

Bucs coach Lovie Smith said it was special to be in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday for LB Derrick Brooks' induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But once the Bucs' plane arrived back in Tampa around 4 a.m. Sunday, Smith went right to One Buc Place to start working. Smith said he slept on the plane, though he quipped he was looking forward to his bed Sunday night. "It was definitely worth it," Smith said.


Bucs cornerbacks coach Gill Byrd said he was honored that Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams gave him and his wife a special thanks in his induction speech Saturday night. Byrd, the former Chargers corner, took Williams under his wing as a young player, with Williams saying Byrd "taught me how to play the cornerback position." "I'm really grateful that it made a difference in his life," said Byrd, who was in Canton. "I'm privileged and honored he'd speak so highly of my wife and myself."

Dropped off

WR Robert Herron, a rookie out of Wyoming, took a few extra reps after Sunday's practice and was one of the last players to leave the field. He has struggled with drops over the past few days at camp. "I try to get it out of my head ASAP, because if you let it stay in your head you just go nuts," Herron said. "I like to pride myself on my hands, but lately my focus levels have been down. But I'm going to do my best to come out here, focus, and get the ball in my hands."

Quick hits

The Bucs activated DE Ronald Talley from the non-football injury list. … G Patrick Omameh was at right guard with the first team, G Oniel Cousins at left guard. Omameh said lining up across from Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy is the best training tool: "I feel if you can block him, you can block anybody in the league," he said. "He's the top of the top."

Joe Smith and Victoria Jacobsen, Times staff writers

Training camp

When: Through Aug. 14

Where: One Buc Place

Public workouts

Today: 4:30-7 p.m.

Tuesday: 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:, (813) 870-2700

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

Preseason schedule

Friday: 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

Bucs: More Hall of Fame reflections 08/03/14 [Last modified: Sunday, August 3, 2014 10:30pm]
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