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It appears the Bucs have more than a passing fancy in the shotgun formation. Previously absent from Jon Gruden's voluminous playbook, the shotgun got a workout during the offseason and will be part of the training camp regimen to the tune of 30 or 40 reps a day.
"I grew up in a different place, I guess," Gruden said. "I grew up under Bill Walsh and Mike Holmgren, and those guys weren't in the gun very often. ... But modern-day football now is a blitz league, a creative blitz league. There aren't a lot of teams that line up conventionally, snap-in and snap-out. We're looking for an edge in pass protection and the shotgun can certainly help us."
Veteran quarterback Jeff Garcia is comfortable in the shotgun and likes the extra time he can spend looking at the defense. Quarterbacks Chris Simms, Bruce Gradkowski and Luke McCown each took snaps in the formation Friday morning.
"It just gives you that immediate separation from the line of scrimmage, especially on obvious passing downs," Garcia said. "It allows us to get back there and scan the field."
If the first day of practice is any indication, the battle between Michael Clayton and Maurice Stovall at No. 2 receiver - Joey Galloway is the clear No. 1 - will be mighty entertaining. Both receivers caught everything thrown their way. Clayton looked smooth and quick on his feet. Stovall showed what a 6-foot-5 frame can do with a leaping catch that drew "ahs" from the crowd and high-fives from teammates.
"That's crazy talk for me right now."
Cornerback Ronde Barber, left, on whether he thinks about making it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Play of the day
Fullback Mike Alstott barreled into the end zone on a 1-yard run during the 11-on-11 goal-line drill. The fans really liked it.
Seen this before
Gradkowski was intercepted by safety Will Allen on an underthrown deep ball intended for Galloway.
Made in the shade
The weather was especially cool Friday thanks to cloud cover that provided shade for most of both practice sessions. The temperature in the morning was in the 80s. In the afternoon, there was a refreshing breeze. Chances are, today will be a scorcher.
Aches and pains
Everyone participated in the morning practice. Galloway, who will practice only once a day to save his legs, did not participate in the afternoon session. No one was injured.
Bucs camp schedule
Today: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-5:15 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-5:15 p.m.
Monday: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-3:55 p.m. (special teams only)
Tuesday: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-5:15 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-5:15 p.m.
Thursday: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-3:55 p.m. (special teams only)
Friday: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-5:15 p.m.
Aug. 4: 8:30-11 a.m.
Aug. 5: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-5:15 p.m.
Aug. 6: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-3:55 p.m. (special teams only)
Aug. 7: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-4:50 p.m.
Aug. 8: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-4:50 p.m.
Aug. 9: 10:15-11:15 a.m. (walkthrough)
Aug. 10: Patriots at Bucs, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 11: Off
Aug. 12: 2:45-4:30 p.m.
Aug. 13: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-4:45 p.m.
Aug. 14: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-4:45 p.m.
Aug. 15: 8:30-11 a.m., 2:45-4:45 p.m.
Aug. 16: 8:30-10:45 a.m.
Aug. 18: Bucs at Jaguars, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 25: Bucs at Dolphins, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 30: Texans at Bucs, 8 p.m.
- Practices are free until moved to Tampa starting Aug. 17 - Games air on Ch. 8