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When: Through Aug. 19

Where: One Buccaneer Place, Tampa

Admission: Free and open to the public, but a ticket is required. For tickets, register for the One Buc Club at buccaneers.com. The team will e-mail information on how to select and print tickets. Tickets also will be available on practice days if all have not been distributed.

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

Practice

Today: 10:15 a.m.-12:25 p.m.; 4:55-6:50 p.m.

Thursday: 2:30-4:20 p.m.

Friday: 10:15 a.m.-12:25 p.m.; 4:45-6 p.m. (special teams)

Saturday: 10:15 a.m.-12:25 p.m.; 4:55-6:50 p.m.

Monday: 2:30-4:20 p.m.

Tuesday: 10:15 a.m.-12:25 p.m.; 4:55-7 p.m.

"We call it we-fense. We had some guys do a little running. We had some guys do a little lifting. The guys who weren't involved in special teams. … That's pretty positive. It's not a day off. It's special teams practice. It's we-fense time."

Coach Raheem Morris, describing Tuesday afternoon's session

"We're right on schedule. It's kind of a relaxing feeling for me, just sitting around letting the magic come alive. It's been good."

Morris, on how the practices in his first training camp have gone so far

Deserve a break

Not only did the coaches schedule just one practice Tuesday, but the players didn't have to wear pads and the practice that was to run 70 minutes was shortened by about 20 minutes.

"They do need a break from pads from time to time and we'll give it to them," coach Raheem Morris said. "We'll weigh that. These one-a-days help them out a lot."

It also gave the players a chance to stay inside for a good chunk of the day, and down time often means nap time. Said Morris: "It's a good look when you see (LB) Quincy Black walk through the building with a sleeping bag. It's fun. It gives you that one-Buc feel; we're all tight together."

Injury update

Morris seemed unconcerned about injuries to top WR Antonio Bryant (knee) and main offseason acquisition TE Kellen Winslow (ankle). He said both were jogging a bit on Tuesday.

Return man

Monday, RB Cadillac Williams was returning punts, something he did at Auburn, but Tuesday the player fielding most of the punts was whom you might expect, Clifton Smith. Rookie WR Sammie Stroughter and second-year WR Dexter Jackson also got work. Said Morris: "Cadillac is not a bad option if something (bad) happens. Knock on wood."

Educating Zuttah

OG Jeremy Zuttah, who started five games last season but is expected to be a mainstay given OG Arron Sears' absence, is athletic and smart. "Sometimes he is too smart," Morris said. "He might be doing something and he is thinking about something else. He knows the problem already. He just didn't do it right. He's one of the guys you have to go, 'You have it, now do it.' "

The other element of the game he has to get is actually recognizing what he has to lose — his niceness. "Earlier, I talked to him about his demeanor," Morris said. "He is a nice guy. (I said), 'You have to have a little nastiness about you. You have to have a little Davin Joseph in you, a little (Jeremy) Trueblood. A LITTLE Trueblood.' "

Trueblood does draw a few flags as a result of his, er, demeanor. Zuttah gets that and is showing some edge. "He is getting better," Morris said. "When you are working with those guys, you have no choice but to become that type of a guy."

Brian Landman Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Bucs news and notes 08/04/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 5, 2009 6:43am]
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