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Early Storylines From Bucs Training Camp

by Staff Report on August 4, 2010

Veteran right tackle, Jeremy Trueblood who under achieved, at times last season has been the most consistent offensive lineman through the teams first five days of practice. Trueblood who could be an unrestricted free agent after the 2010 season depending on if the players and owners can come to an accord on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is extremely focused on having a great season and upping his stock should he get the chance to test the free agent market .

Josh Freeman entering his first training camp as the undisputed starter is taking 75 percent of the teams practice reps as the team continues to monitor his fundamentals, especially his footwork as it was a big issue last year. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson told Scott Reynolds of Pewter Report who is now the lead blogger for FoxSports Florida. “He needs to be more disciplined in his footwork. I think the decision-making has got to be better.” Reynolds goes on to state that Freeman has only been slightly above average through the first week of training camp while eluding to the fact some within the hallowed halls of One Buc Place are disappointed Freeman is not further along in his progress.

Newly acquired veteran free agent left guard Keydrick Vincent was signed to push incumbent starter Jeremy Zuttah. But since his arrival he has turned heads with his play and appears poised to unseat Zuttah. Vincent has been running with the first team and is drawing rave reviews from his new head coach Raheem Morris. Morris told Pewter Report’s Wolf Heard “He is an intense young man. He brings a certain intensity to us. He is showing his physical play. He is showing what he does best and I think he likes football a lot.”

New linebackers coach Joe Baker, who coached defensive backs last year with the team is hoping that the assembled talent at linebacker can mimic what he described as the golden era of linebackers for the Bucs when the team had Derrick Brooks, Hardy Nickerson, Shelton Quarles and Al Singleton regularly starting and performing at a high level.

Kareem Huggins turning heads on his way to beating out Derrick Ward to win the backup job behind Cadillac Williams. Yes, you read that right. That’s was Scott Reynolds told JP Peterson of 1010AM CBS Sports Radio during Pewter Report’s 2010 debut. That Huggins could very well unseat Ward as the teams number two back. The 24-year old 5-foot-9, 198 pound Huggins, who was out of football in 2008. Has gone from unemployed, to practice squad fodder, to potentially becoming a vital part of the Bucs 2010 offense even before he has every carried the football in a regular season game.

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