Warren Sapp: Some lessons for Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie Gerald McCoy will be learned off the field

Gerald McCoy's adjustment to the NFL includes handling the locker room, but some in there might not be in the No. 1 pick's corner, according to former Bucs star defensive tackle Warren Sapp,

Sapp said when he was a rookie in 1995, he was not embraced by veteran defensive tackles Santana Dotson and Mark Wheeler.

"Not everybody wants you to succeed," Sapp, 37, said. "I was 'Super Rookie.' That's what they called me. But I told them, 'If you were winning any games, I wouldn't be here.' That's the biggest component. The old ones make the young ones feel like they're not wanted. Their attitude is you're here to take my job and food off the table. You're taking my meat off the table."

That shouldn't be a problem for McCoy and fellow rookie defensive tackle Brian Price. The Bucs released veteran defensive tackle Chris Hovan. And Roy Miller, a third-round pick from Texas in 2009, is entering his second season.

Warren Sapp: Some lessons for Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie Gerald McCoy will be learned off the field 04/29/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 30, 2010 8:35am]

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