Is the Penn mightier?
Pro Bowl LT Donald Penn faces the league's elite pass rushers during the regular season. But now he's pushed a bit harder in practice every day having to line up across from Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn, the Bucs' first-round pick.
"(Penn) came to me in the lunch room the other day and whispered, 'Hey, man, I think I'm going to need this morning off,' " Bucs coach Raheem Morris said of Penn. "It was a walkthrough. I said, 'The morning off? It's a walkthrough.' And he said, 'I know. But we're putting on pads, and he's 21 and I'm 28.
"Having him work this hard in practice is something new. Mr. Penn, we all know he's a big-time performer in games. But he looks across and sees (Clayborn) with that hair hanging out of his helmet. I notice his stances get a little bit lower, more knee bend, more strike, a little more game day attitude out of Penn that I normally would get."
The Bucs had some highly revered guests at Wednesday's practice, including Hall of Fame DE Lee Roy Selmon, former star LB Derrick Brooks and former star TE Jimmie Giles. Also on hand were S Dexter Jackson, the most valuable player of Super Bowl XXXVII, and former TE Dave Moore.
Quote of the day
"I don't even know if I can legally know."
Bucs coach Raheem Morris when asked if he knew what the Bucs' recently signed free agents have been doing for their private workouts during the lockout
DT Brian Price (pelvis/hamstrings) did not practice as a precaution. DE Da'Quan Bowers (knee) and WR Arrelious Benn (knee) were limited. TE Luke Stocker (hip) is week to week and did not practice. FB Erick Lorig (Achilles' strain) is day to day.
Next public practice
When: 2:30-4:35 Friday
Where: One Buc Place, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, just east of Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Et cetera: Schedule is weather permitting and subject to change. Go to buccaneers.com for updates.
Practice and games schedule
Saturday: 7 p.m., Raymond James Stadium
Aug. 9: 2:30-4:35
Aug. 14: 2:30-4:35
Aug. 12: at Kansas City, 8, Ch. 13
Aug. 18: Patriots, 7:30, Ch. 10 *
Aug. 27: Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 10 *
Sept. 1: at Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 10
Sept. 11: Lions, 1, Ch. 13 *
Sept. 18: at Vikings, 1, Ch. 13
Sept. 25: Falcons, 4:15, Ch. 13 *
Oct. 3: Colts, 8:30, ESPN, Ch. 28 *
Oct. 9: at 49ers, 4, Ch. 13
Oct. 16: Saints, 4:15, Ch. 13 *
Oct. 23: Bears (London), 1, Ch. 13
Nov. 6: at Saints, 1, Ch. 13
Nov. 13: Texans, 1, Ch. 10 *
Nov. 20: at Packers, 1, Ch. 13
Nov. 27: at Titans, 1, Ch. 13
Dec. 4: Panthers, 1, Ch. 13 *
Dec. 11: at Jaguars, 1, Ch. 13
Dec. 17: Cowboys, 8:20, NFL Network, TBD *
Dec. 24: at Panthers, 1, Ch. 13
Jan. 1: at Falcons, 1, Ch. 13
* Broadcast subject to NFL blackout rules