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Tampa Bay Bucs work toward preseason opener at Miami Dolphins

TAMPA — QB Josh Freeman loves the two-minute offense because it gives him a chance to get into a passing rhythm.

Three times in his first four starts as a pro last season, Freeman used a hurry-up offense to give the Bucs a lead in the fourth quarter, winning one of them.

Another element that helps Freeman in the hurry-up offense is that he used the shotgun formation at Kansas State.

On Monday, the Bucs began preparing for Saturday's preseason opener at Miami.

Coach Raheem Morris said he hopes the starters on offense and defense can each play one series.

The Bucs practiced situational periods, such as the two-minute offense and being backed up near the goal line trying to protect a lead.

"I feel great in the two-minute because you're just out there and you know what you're going to see defensively," Freeman said. "As an offense, you're just attacking and keeping the defense off-balance. So going into the two-minute, my mind-set is to keep rattling off plays and just keep hitting them. You know they're playing Cover 2 trying not to give up anything deep. So, all right, let's hit them underneath. Just keep hitting them quick, quick. …

"Then we get them out of the Cover 2, get them more into something where they're trying to blitz, slow us down a little bit, then we pop one up over their heads."

Why so Grimm?: It was a pretty good week for Cody Grimm.

The seventh-round pick from Virginia Tech moved up the depth chart to second-team defense after a week that culminated with his father, former Redskins OL Russ Grimm, being enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Grimm was excused from practice Saturday to attend the ceremony in Canton, Ohio.

"It was awesome," Grimm said. "You can't really get ready for an event like that. You think you understand what it's going to be like, but it was really incredible.

"He's gotten all sorts of accolades over the years, but this one was overwhelming for him all week. My dad has never been the type of guy to go out of his way to get publicity. But this weekend, anything they asked him to do, he was loving it. He was really trying to soak it all in."

Meanwhile, Grimm has been a standout on special teams and steadily improved on defense.

"He's really shown up a lot out here," GM Mark Dominik said.

Talib injured: CB Aqib Talib left Monday's morning practice with a slight groin strain, but Morris downplayed the injury's severity. Talib did not return.

"Nobody cares (about injuries)," Morris said. "Everybody's going to have tweaks right now. The whole NFL. Everybody going to have something hurting. … Nobody cares."

Officially, the team said Talib is day to day.

Elsewhere, DT Brian Price and CB Myron Lewis were out again with hamstring injuries. Dominik said Price is getting better and has a chance to play at Miami. Lewis will be worked in slowly in the coming days, Morris said. It's too early to project his chances of playing against the Dolphins.

Times staff writer Stephen F. Holder contributed to this report.

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