Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Troy Aikman likes Josh Freeman; final camp practice

Published Aug. 15, 2012

High praise

Former Cowboys QB Troy Aikman, in town a day before he calls the Bengals-Falcons game in Atlanta for Fox, said he likes the changes the Bucs have made and believes in QB Josh Freeman, above.

"I like Josh a lot," Aikman said. "I think he's a really talented player. Obviously, he was exceptional (in 2010). I think that his play last year was pretty reflective of the team: high expectations and just didn't play with the same kind of efficiency. But there's a lot of reasons for that.

"And I think that some of the things that they're going to be doing with the offense and the way coach (Greg) Schiano wants to approach this thing, it's going to help him. And I expect him to go on and continue to have a great career."

Wrap it up

The Bucs broke training camp Wednesday afternoon. But Schiano said there won't be many changes in practices or preparation, with next week a "modified training camp."

"They filled me in … that (Wednesday) was the last day. I wasn't even thinking that way," Schiano said, smiling. "Which is my fault. As a player, I know I'd be thinking that way."

For part of Wednesday's practice, Schiano split the team in half for an 11-on-11 competition, and the Bucs worked on 80 percent of their situational plays.

LB Najee Goode made one of the biggest plays, intercepting QB Brett Ratliff and nearly bringing it back for a touchdown before "running out of gas." "I was actually trying to hide from Ratliff," he said. "I've been telling him every day, him and Josh, to throw me the ball. I got him."

Performance art

Goode hoped to make his mark Wednesday night, when the rookies put on their annual talent show for veterans and coaches. Typically, there are skits and other kinds of performances.

"My talent? We've actually got an award show for the coaches, talking about coach (Bryan) Cox and coach (Bob) Fraser," Goode said. "And you all can let that go to the media. I'm talking about them all day."

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Preseason games

Friday: Titans, 7:30

Aug. 24: Patriots, 7:30, Ch. 10 *

Aug. 29: at Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 10

Regular-season games

Sept. 9: Panthers, 4:25, Ch. 13 *

Sept. 16: at Giants, 1, Ch. 13

Sept. 23: at Cowboys, 1, Ch. 13

Sept. 30: Redskins, 4:25, Ch. 13 *

Oct. 14: Chiefs, 1, Ch. 13 *

Oct. 21: Saints, 1, Ch. 13 *

Oct. 25: at Vikings, 8:20, NFL Network

Nov. 4: at Raiders, 4, Ch. 13

Nov. 11: Chargers, 1, Ch. 10 *

Nov. 18: at Panthers, 1, Ch. 13

Nov. 25: Falcons, 1, Ch. 13 *

Dec. 2: at Broncos, 4, Ch. 13

Dec. 9: Eagles, 1, Ch. 13 *

Dec. 16: at Saints, 1, Ch. 13

Dec. 23: Rams, 1, Ch. 13 *

Dec. 30: at Falcons, 1, Ch. 13

* Subject to blackout

Bucs vs. Titans

7:30 Friday, Raymond James Stadium, Tampa TV: blacked out; tape delay 11:30 p.m., Ch. 10 Radio: 620-AM, 103.5-FM