Practice blast from the past
About 25 former players attended Monday's practice on Bucs alumni day.
Former S Mark Robinson said he appreciates the team opening up its facility, adding that the "welcome environment" was sparked while Jon Gruden was coach.
"We're all part of the process of building," said Robinson, who played for Tampa Bay from 1988-93 and is a USF football analyst. "Whether you were the first Buccaneer or the last one to get cut here, you're a Buc. And I like they (welcome us back)."
The former Bucs liked what they've seen from new coach Greg Schiano.
"Schiano brings some iron fist, which isn't bad," Robinson said. "I think it's good for players to come out and have some challenges, because I don't think you can put a premium on hard work. I think it'll sift some people out, and hopefully it'll put a better product on the field."
Said former WR Horace Copeland (1993-98): "He's going to push the guys to the max, get the most potential out of (them) and I think that's what it's all about. If they keep it up, it's good potential for the season."
Schiano said he was pleased to see so many former players back, but was disappointed he didn't get to talk to them; a lightning alarm cut short practice and the alumni left before he could come back out after a team meeting. "So much for that reunion," Schiano quipped.
Schiano said he'd like his players to follow a similar model of investing in the community. "It's neat that they're out," Schiano said of the alumni. "And I'd like them to stay part of this program as much as we can."
Quote of the day
"You'll see him do everything — deep, short, under. He's capable of every route on the tree, and he's capable of running them well."
Schiano, on WR Vincent Jackson's ability to go over the middle
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
Where: One Buc Place, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, just east of Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Admission: Free. All practices are weather permitting and subject to change. For updates, go to buccaneers.com.
Today: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.
Friday: Titans, 7:30, Ch. 10 *
Aug. 24: Patriots, 7:30, Ch. 10 *
Aug. 29: at Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 10
Sept. 9: Panthers, 4:25, Ch. 13 *
Sept. 16: at Giants, 1, Ch. 13
Sept. 23: at Cowboys, 1, Ch. 13
Sept. 30: Redskins, 4:25, Ch.13 *
Oct. 14: Chiefs, 1, Ch. 13 *
Oct. 21: Saints, 1, Ch. 13 *
Oct. 25: at Vikings, 8:20, NFLN
Nov. 4: at Raiders, 4, Ch. 13
Nov. 11: Chargers, 1, Ch. 10 *
Nov. 18: at Panthers, 1, Ch. 13
Nov. 25: Falcons, 1, Ch. 13 *
Dec. 2: at Broncos, 4, Ch. 13
Dec. 9: Eagles, 1, Ch. 13 *
Dec. 16: at Saints, 1, Ch. 13
Dec. 23: Rams, 1, Ch. 13 *
Dec. 30: at Falcons, 1, Ch. 13
* Subject to blackout