Quote of the day
"I know who's buying dinner, at least I'll say that."
C Jeff Faine, on G Davin Joseph signing a seven-year, $52.5 million deal
Scouting report of the day
With sixth-round draft pick Allen Bradford, a running back from USC, signing and going through his first practice, rookie LB Mason Foster, a star at Washington who played against Bradford in the Pac-10 and trained with him in Los Angeles in the offseason, gave a scouting report: "He's a monster (5 feet 11, 235 pounds). He's tough."
Throughout the first two days of training camp, the Bucs seemed to look sharp in their drills, especially QB Josh Freeman and the receivers working together. "(Freeman) really is sharp right now," coach Raheem Morris said. "He's working on his craft, that's the most important thing." Considering the players' limited offseason work due to the lockout, Morris has been pleased: "They definitely got better from practice to practice, and as a coach, that's all you can ask."
When: Today, 5:15-7:15
Where: One Buc Place, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., just east of Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
Et cetera: All practices are weather permitting and subject to change. Go to buccaneers.com for updates.
Practice and games schedule
Saturday: 7-9 (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, NFLN*, TBD*
Dec. 24: at Panthers, 1, Ch. 13
Jan. 1: at Falcons, 1, Ch. 13
* Broadcast subject to NFL blackout rules
Guest of the day
Malcolm Williams, 12, knew the Bucs were going to grant his wish through the Children's Dream Fund: airline tickets for him and his family to go to Hawaii next week. But Williams, who had stroke in February after hitting his head in a skateboarding accident, had no idea the gift would be delivered Saturday by coach Raheem Morris, with CB Aqib Talib putting a lei around his neck.
"I was surprised," Williams said, smiling. "But I was mainly excited."
Williams' big day was far from over. Morris invited him onto the field at the end of practice to break down the huddle.
"It's always good to be around that type of giving," Morris said. "That's what the NFL is all about."
Mark Williams said his son was "selfless" in picking a trip his whole family, including brother Mark Jr., 15, and sister Moriah, 11, can enjoy. Malcolm hasn't been able to skateboard since the accident; he has been going to physical therapy five days a week. But in Hawaii, starting Thursday, he'll be able to go snorkeling and parasailing.
"He kept fighting and continues to fight," Mark Williams said. "It's such a blessing."
Joe Smith, Times staff writer