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Tampa Bay Bucs: Former St. Petersburg High standout Jock Sanders gets his shot; coach Raheem Morris not worried about Aqib Talib; smooth beginning to practice

Local product of the day

WR Jock Sanders, a former St. Petersburg Catholic High and West Virginia standout, said he was excited to come home for an opportunity with the Bucs as an undrafted free agent. Sanders, a speedy 5-foot-6, 185-pounder, hopes his versatility will land him a roster spot as a slot receiver, return man and/or running back.

"I'm doing them all right now. That's why my head is spinning," he said.

Sanders, who left West Virginia as the school's all-time leading receiver (206 receptions, 14 TDs), was surprised he wasn't drafted but took it in stride. Having gone through a predraft workout with the Bucs and knowing their needs, Sanders picked them over a handful of other teams. He became a quick fan of Josh Freeman. "He's a great quarterback," Sanders said. "He reminds me of my college quarterback, Pat White, a very uptempo guy. I already love him, and I've only been here for two, three days."

Good deed of the day

The Bucs and Children's Dream Fund today will grant a wish for Malcolm Williams, 12, of St. Petersburg, who recently had a stroke, complicated by a previously unknown condition in his vertebral arteries. Malcolm has dreamed of traveling to Hawaii and learning to surf and snorkel. The Bucs will present him with round-trip airline tickets at the afternoon practice.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"I haven't worked with this kind of talent in a long time, and I've worked with some pretty good guys in the past."

Bucs defensive line coach Keith Millard, a former All-Pro with 13 years of coaching experience, on the team's defensive front

Talking Talib

CB Aqib Talib, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a March shooting in Texas and scheduled to stand trial next year, participated in Friday's practice. Talib could be disciplined by the league, but coach Raheem Morris didn't appear concerned about his player's situation. "I coach the guys in the seats, and right now (Talib) is a very good football player," Morris said. "All that (legal) stuff is pending. … It's great to be around him."

Practice makes perfect

The walk-through practice Friday morning was pretty high tempo despite players not having pads and helmets. It was also pretty smooth, which WR Mike Williams credited to the offseason workouts QB Josh Freeman, above, helped organize over the summer. "Our first workout together (in the summer), a lot of people kind of like forgot half of the playbook," Williams said. "We were just out there thinking, 'What do I got on this?' Having those workouts made us come out here and execute (Friday)."

Public practice

When: Today, 2:30-4:35 p.m.

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

Admission: Free

Et cetera: All practices are weather permitting and subject to change. Go to buccaneers.com for updates.

Practice and games schedule

Public practices

Sunday: 5:15-7:15

Monday: 5:15-7:15

Wednesday: 2:30-4:35

Friday: 2:30-4:35

Aug. 6: 7-9 (Raymond James Stadium)

Aug. 9: 2:30-4:35

Aug. 14: 2:30-4:35

Preseason

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

Regular season

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

Tampa Bay Bucs: Former St. Petersburg High standout Jock Sanders gets his shot; coach Raheem Morris not worried about Aqib Talib; smooth beginning to practice 07/29/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 30, 2011 6:05pm]
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