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Bucs: Play of the day, tradition of the day

Play of the day

As a rookie last season, LB Lavonte David did everything for the Bucs' defense: call signals, lead the team in tackles and never come off the field.

In his second season, David appears to be an even better player.

David made the play of the day Wednesday during red zone passing drills when he swatted a pass from QB Josh Freeman out of the hands of rookie RB Mike James in the end zone.

"Pretty good play, right?" coach Greg Schiano said. "Poise. (David has) got his back to the ball, doesn't panic and strips it out. That's what we teach, and it's great to see him do it."

Quote of the day

"I've always said there are No. 1s for a reason. The next guy isn't that good or they would've been a No. 1."

Schiano, on the impact of starters missing practice due to injury

Transactions of the day

P Michael Koenen was activated from the active/non-football injury list. He said he received six stitches for a cut on a foot he sustained while chasing his son down a beach.

"I was at my grandma's house," Koenen said. "She lives on a lake, and I was just playing in the sand with him. And something in the sand got me."

The Bucs also signed G Roger Allen, G Howard Barbieri and LB Dom DeCicco.Allen, 6 feet 3, 325 pounds, spent last season with the Bucs and played in four games.

CB Mason Robinson, OT Brice Schwab and OT Jason Weaver were waived. Barbieri, who was with the Ravens during the 2012 offseason, played for Schiano at Rutgers.

Rick Stroud, 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.

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: Play of the day, tradition of the day 07/31/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 10:45pm]
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