Jeff Brohm, a recent free-agent acquisition who played with San Francisco last season, will not go through drills this weekend because of a pulled muscle in his rib cage. Brohm suffered the injury while throwing in an off-season workout after signing April 17.
Still, Bucs coach Tony Dungy has high hopes Brohm can heighten the competition at quarterback. He specifically recalled last year's game against San Francisco when Brohm came off the bench and completed 10 of 13 passes for 99 yards at Houlihan's Stadium.
"Jeff is a good, young quarterback and obviously played No. 2 for San Francisco last year," Dungy said. "I guess my biggest impression of him was coming in against us, really playing with a lot of poise under duress and getting the job done against us.
"We think he's a mobile guy, a smart guy with a good arm and we think he's going to make it a real competitive training camp."
Although Brohm is hurt, the Bucs had four QBs going through drills Friday. Mike Bobo was one of seven tryout players brought in for the minicamp. Bobo is familiar with Tampa, having led Georgia to a 33-6 victory over Wisconsin at this year's Outback Bowl. Bobo completed 26 of 28 passes for 267 yards and a TD.
Veteran tight end Aaron Pierce, with the Giants last season, is among the tryout players. The others are: Brigham Young WR Ben Cahoon, Wisconsin LB David Lysek, Northern Colorado LB/C Mitch Palmer and Kent RB Ashtron Whatley.
AILING: RB Mike Alstott's participation will be limited because he is recovering from off-season wrist surgery. The cast is off, but he's wearing a brace. OT Jerry Wunsch did not participate in morning drills because of a stiff neck, but he returned for afternoon workouts. G Brian Newnam will be held out of contact because he is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
TROUBLE?: Backup QB Scott Milanovich and reserve TE John Davis went through drills, but Dungy reiterated he was not happy about their off-season troubles.
Milanovich was charged with driving under the influence in Pinellas Park. Davis was charged with domestic battery in Tampa.
"I talked to John and Scott," Dungy said. "We had a discussion today just from a team standpoint about what it means. We'll deal with it. It's not something we would like to see happen and we're definitely going to take some preventive steps."
Dungy has been adamant about building with players who have good character. The coach's low tolerance for off-field problems comes from his belief that they could cripple the Bucs' chances of winning.
"We're not going to let one or two guys take us down," Dungy said. "To win a championship, everyone has got to be focused."
TAZ!: Rookie WR Jacquez Green has the Tasmanian Devil, the Warner Bros. animated character, tattooed on his left arm. Taz is known for swirling around and wreaking havoc.
"I like Taz, he's real disruptive, always moving, real fast," Green said.
Asked if that's him on the field, he said: "Once I pick up the offense, probably so."
NEWCOMERS: Asked if he had properly welcomed the rookies to the team, DT Warren Sapp said he needed a little time.
"You know when you get rookies, they're like stepping on a college campus for the first time," Sapp said. "Your eyes are wide open. You're looking at Hardy Nickerson, you've seen this guy on TV and now you're playing with him. It's a big step for them, but we'll get a chance to kick them around later."
_ ERNEST HOOPER