Coach Tony Dungy had parting words for his players when the team's three-day minicamp ended Sunday:
See you in June.
The Bucs will hold 12 days of voluntary workouts beginning June 1, and Dungy called them "very important."
"The workouts are voluntary, but I'm pretty sure we'll have good attendance," Dungy said, smiling. "They worked well last year. It allowed us to structure our training camp, and we really got some good time in. Last year, we were the last team to report to training camp, but we got off to a 5-0 start. So I think what we did in June had some benefit, definitely."
Even before the June workouts, Dungy said, several players will report to work three times a week, mostly on strength, conditioning and individual drills.
IDOL THOUGHTS: Lance Hoeltke, South Florida's backup QB last season, observed Sunday's workout and spent time afterward with S John Lynch. Hoeltke shifted from quarterback to safety during the off-season and changed his uniform number from 16 to 47 because he admires Lynch's style.
GREEN WANTS TO WORK: WR Jacquez Green of Florida, the team's first pick in the draft April 18, said he doesn't anticipate a contract holdout. "I want to be in training camp on the first day," Green said. "I don't want to be one of those guys who drags into camp late, then turns out to be a disappointment in the first year. My whole mind-set is to get in here from the beginning, so I don't fall behind."
MORE NEW FACES UNLIKELY: Dungy said contracts probably will be offered to a few of the tryout players who participated in the minicamp. Beyond that, he said the roster will be composed "pretty much of the guys who are out here now."
CB Anthony Parker, a 15-game starter last season, was acquired July 20. "There are always exceptions like that," Dungy said. "Once the draft picks start signing and teams make certain moves, you never know who's going to be out there and available. You can't predict that."
PERCEPTION: One of the more interesting college free agents signed by the Bucs is 6-foot-3, 311-pound Eric Anderson, a tackle out of Nebraska. Anderson started three years for one of the best offenses in the nation, but he went undrafted while teammate and Outland Trophy winner Aaron Taylor wasn't selected until the sixth round.
The status of Anderson and Taylor seems to fly in the face of the fact Nebraska averaged 513.7 yards.
"You just can speculate that it's the perception of the players at Nebraska as far as the run-dominated offense," Anderson said. "Looking at some of the past (Nebraska) players who have made it to the next level such as Will Shields and Brenden Stai, you would think they would have a little more respect for what we do at Nebraska.
"A lot of us ended up as free agents, and now we're just trying to make the best of it."
Bucs OL coach Chris Foerster said the problem is that scouts have to project how well Nebraska offensive linemen can pass block since the Cornhuskers don't throw the ball often. Foerster said, however, that Anderson has a chance to make it with the Bucs. "He's a willing, very smart, sharp kid," Foerster said. "We've moved him inside to guard from tackle, which he will be a lot better suited to do in the National Football League. He'll do a good job.
"We like to run the ball. I don't care how many receivers we have, we're going to run the ball and this guy can help us do that."
_ JOEY JOHNSTON