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Early observations on the Buccaneers

8/6/2010

TAMPA, Fla. -- Just finished watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice and we’ll be meeting with coach Raheem Morris in just a bit. I’ll be back with some of what he had to say.

But first, a few quick observations and notes:

  • The Bucs just announced they have signed cornerback Darrell Pasco and released defensive back Matt O’Hanlon.

  • I kept hearing good things from inside the Bucs about linebacker Quincy Black during the offseason. That’s only getting stronger. I saw Black light up fullback Ryan Purvis with a big hit.

  • Sean Jones seemed to get most of the first-team work at strong safety this morning, but the starting job hasn’t been decided yet. The Bucs have been rotating Jones and incumbent Sabby Piscitelli.

  • There’s been a lot of buzz about fourth-round draft pick Mike Williams and not nearly as much about second-round choice Arrelious Benn. Both have a shot to be starting wide receivers. Let the Benn buzz begin. He made a great catch this morning, diving in the end zone to catch a pass from Josh Johnson. Observers say Benn’s been starting to show a bit more the last few practices.

  • Speaking of Williams, I saw a couple more flashy plays out there today. Second-year pro Sammie Stroughter also made some plays and the Buccaneers are pretty happy with what they’ve seen from Reggie Brown, who has a chance to start. All that’s putting heat on veterans Michael Clayton and Maurice Stovall. I’m guessing only one of them makes the roster.

  • I saw cornerback Aqib Talib make a very nice interception this morning. That’s a reminder that this guy is as physically talented as any cornerback in the league. If he can stay focused and consistent, Talib has a chance to be a special player.

  • I’ll have an item a little later on how Tampa Bay safety Cody Grimm is getting the day off from practice Saturday. He’s getting a free pass to go up to Ohio to watch his father, Russ Grimm, get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  • I'll jump into Training Camp Chatter at some point later this afternoon. I haven't had a chance to figure out the schedule on that just yet, but I'll post a heads-up and try to give you at least a 30-minute warning.