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Bucs news and notes: Pads worn at last, Ahmad Black's bad run works for Morris

Quote of the day

"I think that, frankly, when you have good players around you and you have a guy breathing down your neck, it makes you play better. It's almost human nature to become complacent. It's nice to have somebody to push you and strive to get better."

OT Jeremy Trueblood on the expected competition along the offensive line


When rookie S Ahmad Black ran a 4.78-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine in February, he probably became discouraged about his draft status. Bucs coach Raheem Morris got giddy. "I was the happiest guy in the world when he ran a bad time because I knew we had a chance to get him a little bit later," Morris said of the fifth-round pick. "He comes in here, he's got that Cody Grimm type of attitude where he's just a playmaker.''

Play of the day

Ronde Barber's leaping deflection and interception of a Josh Freeman pass intended for Kellen Winslow was a highlight of the 7-on-7 period. With Freeman forcing the ball down the middle, Barber broke on the pass and batted it up, got his balance, caught it in stride and took off down the sideline. But the secondary took its lumps, too, with CB Aqib Talib biting on an inside move from WR Mike Williams that led to a long TD. "Sometimes it gets a little frustrating when you have Ronde on one side and Aqib on the other side," Freeman said. "Those two guys are the best in the business. It's fortunate they're on our side. You saw Ronde make that incredible play. Nobody else I can even think of can make that play."

Public practice

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

Admission: Free

Et cetera: All practices are weather permitting and subject to change. Go to for updates.

Practice and games schedule

Public practices

Wednesday: 2:30-4:35

Friday: 2:30-4:35

Saturday: 7-9 (Raymond James Stadium)

Aug. 9: 2:30-4:35

Aug. 14: 2:30-4:35


Aug. 12: at Kansas City, 8, Ch. 13

Aug. 18: Patriots, 7:30, Ch. 10*

Aug. 27: Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 10*

Sept. 1: at Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 10

Regular season

Sept. 11: Lions, 1, Ch. 13*

Sept. 18: at Vikings, 1, Ch. 13

Sept. 25: Falcons, 4:15, Ch. 13*

Oct. 3: Colts, 8:30, ESPN*, Ch. 28*

Oct. 9: at 49ers, 4, Ch. 13

Oct. 16: Saints, 4:15, Ch. 13*

Oct. 23: Bears (London), 1, Ch. 13

Nov. 6: at Saints, 1, Ch. 13

Nov. 13: Texans, 1, Ch. 10*

Nov. 20: at Packers, 1, Ch. 13

Nov. 27: at Titans, 1, Ch. 13

Dec. 4: Panthers, 1, Ch. 13*

Dec. 11: at Jaguars, 1, Ch. 13

Dec. 17: Cowboys, 8:20, NFLN*, TBD*

Dec. 24: at Panthers, 1, Ch. 13

Jan. 1: at Falcons, 1, Ch. 13

* Broadcast subject to NFL blackout rules

Getting physical

The Bucs donned pads for the first time, allowing players to finally make full contact, and the day didn't disappoint.

In the much-awaited goal-line drill, the defense got the better of the offense, allowing touchdowns on four of the 10 attempts.

LB Geno Hayes was in on a couple of stops, including an attempted pass to Ryan Purvis, and a stop of RB Allen Bradford at the goal line. One score came from RB LeGarrette Blount, who broke two tackles on his way to the end zone, running behind LT Donald Penn.

QB Josh Johnson threw an easy touchdown to TE Kellen Winslow after Johnson sold a play-action to the running back and put the ball on his hip.

"That was a fake that we've been working on for a long time, trying to perfect it," QB Josh Freeman said. "Actually, he could've held it as long as he wanted."

The offense was without G Davin Joseph and OTs Jeremy Trueblood and James Lee, who can't practice until Thursday because they only recently signed their contracts. Freeman is looking for another go-round when his full complement of linemen is available.

"We know what kind of players Brian Price and Gerald (McCoy) and Adrian (Clayborn) and Da'Quan (Bowers) are," Freeman said. "They're studs. There's no doubt about it.

"I want a repeat of this drill when we get Davin and Trueblood back. We'll be ready to go then."

Stephen F. Holder, Times staff writer

Bucs news and notes: Pads worn at last, Ahmad Black's bad run works for Morris 08/01/11 [Last modified: Monday, August 1, 2011 11:19pm]
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