Looking for signs
Fans attending practices at One Buc Place this week will see new murals draped from the corners of Raymond James Stadium, each with the slogan "DEFEND THE BAY."
WR Vincent Jackson has the northeast corner of the stadium, LB Lavonte David the northwest, and DT Gerald McCoy (above) on the southwest corner. There's a huge Bucs logo on the southeast corner, so it's just three players that get the star treatment.
Move over, Penn
Remember OT Donald Penn's celebratory dunk over the goalpost after scoring a touchdown against Miami last season? He's gone now, but Demar Dotson looked ready to follow in his dancing footsteps after catching a pass as a tackle-eligible on a fake field goal in Monday's practice.
"I don't know what you call that. I don't need to do that again," Dotson said of his impromptu celebration. "Us big guys, we don't get in there that much, so any chance we have to be in there, hey, that's a precious moment."
Dotson's catch — and his overall play — caught the eye of coach Lovie Smith.
"If a lineman gets a chance to cross the goal line, it's a big thing," Smith said of the former basketball player. "Demar is a heck of an athlete. … I've been impressed with him just about every day I've seen him on the football field."
Worried about opponents knowing about Dotson as a secret weapon? He's actually lobbying for publicity: "You need to write something good on that so they'll do it in the regular season," he said.
And when told that the goalpost dunk is now against NFL rules? "C'mon now," he said. "If Penn can do it, I can do it. I'll pay the fine."
Greg Auman, Times staff writer
When: Through Aug. 14
Where: One Buc Place
Thursday: 2-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 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.
Tickets: buccaneers.com, (813) 870-2700
Note: Times subject to change. For the latest updates, see buccaneers.com.
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