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Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow finally settles into workouts

TAMPA — Kellen Winslow never thought his excused absence from a few voluntary workouts would send a ripple though Tampa Bay, much less make waves.

But upon arriving Tuesday, the tight end said he planned to participate in the remaining full-squad workouts.

"I'm excited to be out there with the guys, practicing, and getting my wind under me," Winslow, 25, said. "I just had some family issues I needed to deal with, some personal issues, so the team understood. I talked to coach (Raheem) Morris and the GM (Mark Dominik), so I was excused and I thanked them for that."

Winslow said he took as many notes as he could about the new offense under Jeff Jagodzinski at the minicamp in April.

"We've made some adjustments, so I'm trying to catch myself up," he said. "But it won't take long."

Shortly after being traded from Cleveland to the Bucs, Winslow agreed to a six-year, $42-million contract that included $20-million in guarantees. So his absence from the first week of voluntary workouts raised eyebrows and drew criticism from former Bucs and Raiders DT Warren Sapp, who observed the first workout.

Winslow said he spoke to Sapp to make sure he understood his absence was excused.

"It's not that (workouts) aren't important. They're very important," Winslow said. "They are voluntary, but they're really not voluntary. You do need to be here and I wish I could've been here. I just couldn't.

"That's one of the main reasons I wanted to be here, to get the playbook down and just be here with the guys. What Warren said, Warren and I worked that out. I called him right after that but I guess he didn't know I had an excuse."

Winslow said he and wife Janelle still haven't completed to the move from San Diego to Tampa. "Not yet, I've just been moving boxes," Winslow said. "The wife and I are doing that now, but we're just starting."

MAN OF TROY: Rookie DE Kyle Moore said he has been working as a pass rusher from the undertackle position, a role he played at Southern Cal.

"They're putting me as the three-technique as a rusher inside to give some of those guards some problems," Moore said. "That's what (defensive coordinator Jim Bates) wants to do. He wants that go package, he wants some fast guys in there. USC did the same thing with me, put some of the faster guys on the outside and put me inside."

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Kellen Winslow finally settles into workouts 05/26/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 1:21pm]
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