Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs: Sapp's back, Williams' catch

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Guest of the day

Warren Sapp never has needed a microphone to be heard, but there he was in all his typical bombast Thursday, shouting into the cameras as an analyst for the NFL Network at the Bucs' first training camp practice.

Sapp on Aug. 3 will become the second Buc inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, joining Lee Roy Selmon, so his words carry even more weight in Tampa Bay. The former defensive tackle was asked his opinion of the Bucs in coach Greg Schiano's second year.

"They're an offensive juggernaut," Sapp said. "That's scary for a person that played Buc ball as many years as I did, to look at this offense and go, 'Oh my God.'

"And the scariest part of it is the front five. Them boys can move and mash you with the best of them. … I love this team, but I want to see that (defensive) front come. And I'm issuing a challenge to Da'Quan Bowers. Last time I checked, if you wore pewter and red, you hunted the quarterback."

Schiano, who as a Hurricanes assistant drove from Miami to Tampa Bay to watch Sapp's Bucs practice in the 1990s, loves having No. 99 around his team. "You could see how much he enjoyed being back out here," Schiano said. "I used to go back to all the teams I coached — whether it was the University of Miami or Rutgers — and say, 'You go watch him practice and see how hard he works every single down in practice. That's why he's the player he is.' "

The Bucs will retire Sapp's number when he is inducted into their Ring of Honor on Nov. 11.

Play of the day

A day after signing a six-year, $40.25 million contract extension, receiver Mike Williams showed how he plans to make it pay off for the Bucs. During a team drill, Williams made a diving, one-handed catch of a pass in the deep middle from Josh Freeman, beating cornerback Danny Gorrer and causing fans to erupt.

"That was an impressive catch," Schiano said. "The guys got on him a little bit."

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.

Night practice: 6:45 Saturday at Raymond James Stadium. Parking lots open at 2:30. Autograph vouchers required for active-player signing sessions, distributed through the box office in the South Plaza starting at 3; autograph sessions begin at 4.

Public practices

Today: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Saturday: 6:45-9 p.m. (Raymond James Stadium)

Monday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Aug. 1: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Aug. 2: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Aug. 3: 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

Quote of the day

"I say it's more of a family here. Everybody is real tight here. We all get along. Everybody is fine. There is no nit-picking, no small stories leaking out to be bigger stories."

CB Darrelle Revis, traded to the Bucs from the Jets in the offseason, asked about the difference between playing in New York and Tampa

Number of the day

12 Combined career sacks for Da'Quan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn, who are being counted on to improve the pass rush

Utility player

S Keith Tandy has always been considered versatile, and the Bucs will test that by giving him a shot at playing slot cornerback, defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan said. Tandy played cornerback in college.

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