TAMPA — With the crowded competition at receiver, Tommy Streeter didn't come into training camp with a lot of hype.
But Streeter, 24, the former University of Miami standout, has impressed with his consistency and playmaking.
"He's another guy with good size, good speed. He's been catching the football," coach Lovie Smith said Thursday. "We've noticed him. Initially, we came into camp, he wasn't one of the guys we were talking an awful lot about. But he's been pretty steady every day."
Streeter, 6 feet 5, 215 pounds, was a sixth-round pick of the Ravens in 2012 but missed his entire rookie season with a foot injury. He didn't make the team in 2013 but landed on Tampa Bay's practice squad late in the season.
Streeter, who says he was the "deep-ball" receiver at Miami (he gained 17.6 yards per catch as a senior), has learned a lot from WR Vincent Jackson, including getting in and out of his cuts and route running. Though Streeter faces tough odds in making the team, he said he's not intimidated and is relishing each moment.
"I'm out there having fun, taking in this experience," he said. "I can't think of anything else I could be doing right now."
ON TRACK: QB Josh McCown had another strong — and accurate — day of passing and said he is happy with how the team has looked during the first week.
"We're just scratching the surface of what we can do, especially offensively," McCown said. "We're getting to the point in camp now, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7 … now it's time to push it a little more, and we're getting ready to take off."
HIGH PRAISE: The Bucs challenged DE Da'Quan Bowers to step up in training camp, and the much-maligned second-round pick from 2011 has delivered, Smith said.
"Bowers has been criticized around here a little bit, but I've been pretty pleased with what he's done on the football field," Smith said. "He's done some good things, especially pass rushing inside and outside on first down."
Smith said Bowers cracking the regular rotation could help "quite a bit," by providing flexibility in a lineman who can play inside and out.
"He's been injured a lot," Smith said. "But he hasn't missed a beat since I've been here."
TWO TIME: The Bucs practiced the two-minute drill for the first time in camp, with Smith pleased with both sides of the ball.
"That's always fun," Smith said. "About half the games come down to what you do at the end of games."
BUCS BITS: CBs Alterraun Verner (hamstring), Mike Jenkins (leg) and Rashaan Melvin (ankle) were held out of practice, but Smith said they're getting better: "Hopefully, in time, we'll start to get some of them back." … Oniel Cousins lined up at left guard and Jamon Meredith at right guard during Thursday's walk-through. … Jackson had another impressive practice, especially in red zone drills. … S Mark Barron and LB Danny Lansanah were among those with interceptions. …Rookie WR Robert Herron had a tough day, dropping a punt and a couple of passes.
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