Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs' morning practices still bring the heat

Slightly cooler, but it's still sweltering

This year's move to having all training camp practices in the early morning has been well-received by Bucs players, and though the morning isn't as hot as the middle of the afternoon, it's still plenty hot.

"Not right now," coach Dirk Koetter said when asked if the morning practices were working out as he'd hoped. "I'm hot. … We're getting a lot done. It's all good."

C Evan Smith, in his third season with the Bucs, said the oppressive humidity still takes some adjustment each year.

"You can't prepare for this humidity. It's something to work through," said Smith, dripping with sweat after a two-hour practice.

"It takes a little bit out of you, but Dirk is doing a great job trying to get us out here early in the morning, not in the dead heat of the day. It's still a battle."

Nearly all the Bucs dealt with the heat in offseason workouts in June, but not everyone. WR Jonathan Krause joined the team just last week from Philadelphia, which waived him.

Sign them up

Half an hour after Sunday's practice, QB Jameis Winston was still signing autographs for a line of children that at one point stretched the full length of the practice field. DT Gerald McCoy also stayed late signing in the bleachers. Most players took time to stop with fans for pictures and autographs.

Quote of the day

"You've got to have a reason to come out here and work. Mine is for God, and then after that, it's all I've been through. Then it's just coming out here and working with other guys on the team. You've got to play with a chip or else you'll be no good."

Rookie DE Noah Spence, on his motivation each day

Practice schedule

Admission and parking are free at One Buc Place.

Remaining practices that are open to the public (8:45-10:50 a.m., unless noted): today, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Aug. 8, Aug. 9, Aug. 13, Aug. 15, Aug. 24 (9:45-11:50, practice with Browns).

Note: Times subject to change. Check buccaneers.com for updates.

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

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