TAMPA, Fla. -- We previously told you about Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman’s weight loss. Now, let’s run through some other news and notes from the Buccaneers’ workout that was open to the media Tuesday.
There was one pretty unusual scene out on the field. Kicker Connor Barth showed up, prompting some speculation that he had reached a long-term deal or signed his franchise tender. It turned out neither was the case. Barth wore his jersey, but stood on the sidelines and watched his teammates practice.
“It was his decision to come in and be with his teammates,’’ general manager Mark Dominik said. “That’s who Connor is. He hasn’t signed anything.’’
Dominik said talks continue with Barth’s agent about a long-term deal.
The Bucs held rookie running back Doug Martin out of the workout due to a slight hamstring strain. Martin worked with the team’s training staff on an adjacent field.
Dominik said the team has some hope that defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, who tore his Achilles tendon last week, might be able to play at some point in the 2012 season.
“We’re hopeful,’’ Dominik said. “We’ll see how his rehab goes in the next few months before deciding what list to put him on.’’
At Tampa Bay’s first minicamp, coach Greg Schiano described moving veteran cornerback Ronde Barber to safety as an “experiment." But it’s looking more like that experiment could turn into Tampa Bay’s real plan for the regular season. Barber still was working at safety Tuesday.
“I like the way he’s performed so far,’’ Schiano said. “The final piece will be live play. Our whole deal with each personnel group is to get the best 11 on the field.’’
Running back LeGarrette Blount said he’s using the fact the Bucs used a first-round pick on Martin as motivation to hold onto his job as the No. 1 running back.
"Them drafting a running back might be what I needed to become an every-down back,’’ Blount said.
Defensive tackle Brian Price was held out of practice because of dehydration and a high fever, but is expected to be back at work Wednesday, his agent said.