Veteran move, V-Jack
WR Vincent Jackson broke the Bucs huddle down after Thursday's successful practice against the Jaguars. He sensed a hunger for more than success.
"It just feels good to win, man," Jackson said to his teammates. "Way to compete every day. Let's just keep stacking, man, working for precision and perfection. Another little surprise, I've got a food truck, a wing truck coming to the hotel. We've got meals at the hotel, but if anybody would like to come outside to get some wings and sandwiches, they'll be right outside the door. Let's go! Bucs on three! One, two, three, Bucs!"
Spending four days in Jacksonville together has created the unexpected benefit of team-building. It was also a chance to root for U.S. Olympic athletes.
"(Wednesday), when we went back to the hotel, we had so much film to watch, from basically lunchtime until about 9:15 last night, everybody was down (in the same area)," coach Dirk Koetter said. "We've got a really good setup at the hotel. Everything's right there — there's a big meal room, there's a walk-through room, there are position rooms. The old-school training camps have kind of gone by the wayside, when you go away to training camp, even though we have a nice hotel that we stay at back at home. I think there was a little bit of that. The Olympics were on the TVs in the meeting room, the guys were cheering for the U.S.A. They were watching that 200 (meter) semi and the women's 100 (meter) hurdles. I think we have gotten something out of that this week. I think it's been a good experience."
Wednesday, 9:45-11:50 a.m., practice with Browns
Saturdayat Jaguars, 7:30, Ch. 38
Aug. 26Browns, 8, Ch. 10
Sept. 1Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 8
Rick Stroud, Times staff writer