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Odom reverses his field

It might have been hard to spot right tackle Jason Odom going through drills with the offensive line at the start of the second week of voluntary workouts at One Buc Place Monday.

That's because he was on the left side.

Odom, recovering from a back injury that kept him out of all but the first three games of last season, has been working increasingly at left tackle.

"It's like driving a car on the other side of the street, like in England," coach Tony Dungy said of Odom's adjustment to the left side. "You know you can drive, but you still have to turn everything around and adjust your perspective. It takes a while to switch that perspective but once you get it, it's fine."

Odom, who has primarily been a right tackle since being drafted out of Florida in 1996, said Dungy's analogy is right on.

"I've never heard it put that way but that's pretty close to being accurate and to how I feel," Odom said. "It's not like it's a completely different thing from what I've been doing. The things that I have done have become second nature. I don't even think about it.

"But, if I've got to start thinking about steps or body positioning and not worrying about the guy in front of me, I'll get myself in trouble that way. I just think it'll take me a little bit of time until I get everything second nature."

With veteran starter Paul Gruber's future uncertain as he recovers from a broken right leg sustained in the regular-season finale, Odom is wasting no time getting familiar with the position.

"I feel like I'm part of it again," he said. "I'm happy that I'm able to finish off a practice instead of having to walk off the field or limp off the field. But nothing is decided. They told me to work out at left tackle and that's what I am doing."

QUICK STEP: You could see some of offensive coordinator Les Steckel's military background in the pace of practice.

Some drills are much quicker.

Steckel, Dungy said, likes a quicker rhythm to practice with fewer stops for teaching. He prefers to teach in the film rooms.

"He likes the fast tempo on the field," Dungy said. "There's two schools of thought. You take your time and teach during practice, take time in between to do things, or you get it done quickly and sharply and then you meet before and after and look at the tape and make your corrections there. He's more of a let's-get-going-type guy, and that's going to make the practices a little quicker."

BACK IN THE FRAY: Tight end Dave Moore (right ankle) and receiver Reidel Anthony (right ankle) returned to drills. Backup tight end Patrick Hape (foot) and reserve linebacker Al Singleton (left ankle) were able to do light running.

"I had a few bone spurs in my ankle after the minicamp," said Moore, who had the spurs removed arthroscopically. "It's still a little sore, but I feel fine right now. In another week or so I'll be back."

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: Defensive tackles Warren Sapp and Brad Culpepper will film a commercial for Fox Sports this week.

The spot will feature claymation figures of Terry Bradshaw and Howie Long trying to determine what's going on in the Bucs huddle. Not surprisingly, the Bradshaw figure meets with an untimely demise.

Fox began using claymation figures for the promotions of its Sunday studio show last year.

_ ROGER MILLS, ERNEST HOOPER

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