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Tampa Bay Buccaneers camp: Leonard Johnson leaps out, Dallas Clark makes impact

Making a push

CB Leonard Johnson, a former standout at Largo High, is in a battle for a roster spot and must do all he can to impress coaches. It won't hurt that he made a head-turning play, coming from nowhere to make a diving, downfield interception of QB Dan Orlovsky. Johnson, undrafted out of Iowa State, is in the secondary mix. With veteran E.J. Biggers out with a foot injury, Johnson has seen more opportunities. Monday, when starter Eric Wright missed most of practice with an undisclosed injury, Johnson got even more key reps.

Play of the day

TE Dallas Clark hadn't exactly distinguished himself in the first few days of camp, but Monday he made the day's best catch. Running a drag route toward the sideline, Clark reached out and caught a pass from QB Josh Freeman, keeping his feet in bounds as the rest of his body fell out of bounds. It was arguably the veteran's best moment of camp. "You have to do that every now and then to make people say, 'Oh!' " Clark said. "That stuff is fun."

Quote of the day I

"Have you met the guy?"

— LB Quincy Black on secretive coach Greg Schiano, when asked why Black hesitated to answer a question

Quote of the day II

"I'm trying to be a smarter football player. Bigger, stronger, faster."

— LB Mason Foster on his approach to Year 2.

Day of rest

The Bucs are off today, a break required in the collective bargaining agreement. Wednesday's workout is open to the public.

Stephen F. Holder, Times staff writer

Training camp

Where: One Buc Place, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, just east of Raymond James Stadium, Tampa

Admission: Free

Et cetera: All practices are weather permitting and subject to change. For updates, go to


Public practices

Wed.: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Friday: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Saturday: 6:30 to 9 p.m. *

Aug. 6: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

Aug. 7: 8:45 to 11:30 a.m.

* Intrasquad scrimmage at Raymond James Stadium; free parking, autograph sessions, $1 hot dogs and soft drinks, and fireworks

Preseason games

Aug. 10: at Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 10

Aug. 17: Titans, 7:30, Ch. 10 *

Aug. 24: Patriots, 7:30, Ch. 10 *

Aug. 29: at Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 10

* Subject to blackout

Tampa Bay Buccaneers camp: Leonard Johnson leaps out, Dallas Clark makes impact 07/30/12 [Last modified: Monday, July 30, 2012 9:49pm]
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