TAMPA — Rookie Sammie Stroughter, a seventh-round pick from Oregon State, continues to impress, and coach Raheem Morris suggested Thursday that Stroughter, 23, was among the top four receivers on the roster right now.
"He's jumped right in there with the veterans. … You want to talk about a guy developing habits and picking them up quickly, just from watching the vets. You start to see him put his pads down, start to see him finish, how to run a route. (He's) listening to everything the older guys do, taking it from them and stealing it."
Morris wouldn't disclose who his top four receivers are, but veterans Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton are almost certainly in there, and the topic came out of a question about Stroughter, who at 5 feet 9 and 189 pounds had two 1,000-yard seasons at Oregon State.
"There's four guys playing wideout for us right now that are really fighting their butts off, that really have got me wired in," Morris said.
SPRINTS, EVERYONE: The Bucs practiced for less than an hour Thursday morning, working primarily on conditioning and special teams. That meant extensive running, even for offensive linemen, but Morris said there's a value in that work.
"We might not see Davin Joseph covering a kickoff, but he looked good doing it. He didn't look bad doing it," Morris said. "They use it for what it's worth. There's nothing wrong with Donald Penn running 100 yards. You may throw a ball and they may intercept it, and he may have to run back and tackle a guy, barely get his ankle. That's what he did today, and I was proud of him."
NOT YET MILLER TIME: Rookie DT Roy Miller, the team's third-round pick out of Texas, has been slowed by an undisclosed injury. Morris said the injury is "nothing to panic about," and that Miller should be back healthy next week.