Profootballweekly.com’s Dan Parr sighting an unnamed source, says that the Bucs have penciled in recently signed free agent OLB Angelo Crowell as the starting strong side backer, but says the team is most excited about the long term future of third year linebacker Quincy Black. Since Black was the one taking reps at the strongside during the mini camp in late March. Technically speaking since the weakside and strongside are interchangeable in Bates scheme don’t be surprised if you see the team move Jermaine Phillips back to safety, as Black is bigger and has exceptional lateral quickness and offers much more size to go with what good be the teams biggest trio of linebackers in over a decade or more in Black, Ruud & Crowell who are all over the 240 mark and have another asset that could help the defense when it comes to there speed and ability to help when blitzing.
Byron Leftwich spoke with the St. Pete Times and revealed that he knew from day one the team wanted him to come in and compete.
“I was told from day one they want me to come in and compete and that’s the only way you want it,” Leftwich told the Times. “You don’t want anything given to you. Once you have an opportunity to compete, I can live with any scenario at that point. It’s all I can ask for. You want to go out there and know you’ve earned it.Source: St. Pete Times.com
This fanatic likes his attitude thus far, wanting to earn the right to start, which should help both he and Luke McCown during there battle during OTA’s and training camp, as it will push both to leave everything they have on the field.
“This is a great opportunity to be involved with a good organization and a good football team. From my standpoint, to play with guys like Antonio Bryant, K2 (Kellen Winslow, Jr.), Earnest Graham, Jerramy Stevens — these type of guys — as a quarterback, it makes your job a whole lot easier. The situation is perfect for me and I thought it would be a great opportunity.” Source: St. Pete Times.com
“I’ll turn in the card, right on through to the seventh round,” Dominik said. “But you can’t be bullheaded about it. Once you get bullheaded, you can be led down a really difficult path.”
Dominik has been down that path before. He won’t say when it was, but he remembers distinctly a draft in which the final decision-maker had made up his mind on his first three selections seemingly before the draft even began.
“All I’ll say is that it didn’t work out,” he said. “It didn’t work out for the team and it didn’t work out for the player. You just can’t set the board to be so firm.
“When you do, you run the risk of becoming so fixed on a guy you might want to take in the third round that you miss on a guy who you had rated in the second round who has slipped down the board.
“I mean, you do have to be strong in your convictions. But you can’t be too strong because it puts the player in a difficult spot, especially if the coach isn’t motivated to work with him. Then there’s a separation.
“So what you want is a guy everyone in the building feels comfortable about. You want a guy that the scouts like, a guy that the coaches like. Then you’ve got a much better chance of being successful.” Source: Tampa Tribune.com