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Wyche: Bucs On The Rise Have Chance To Win The South

by Roland Johnson on August 11, 2011

Filed under a Buccaneers camp confidential report, NFL.com senior writer Steve Wyche who visited practice had some morsels of information that shed light on the thought process of how general manager Mark Dominik and head coach Raheem Morris are building a bigger more physical team that’s on the rise with a legitimate chance to win the toughest division in football. The NFC South.

One player who’s been creating a phenomenal amount of buzz is rookie DE Adrian Clayborn with his pass rushing prowls and his uncanny ability to interpret the drop point of quarterbacks while taking precise pursuit angles.

…No player is creating more buzz at training camp — well, other than quarterback Josh Freeman — than the rookie defensive end. Everyone knew the first-round draft pick had a great motor, but Clayborn is also disciplined and possesses far more pass-rushing skills than anyone knew. I was told he has the uncanny ability to decipher the depth of the quarterback’s drop when he sets to pass, which allows him to take ideal angles.

The more interesting nugget was the revelation by Wyche, that LeGarrette Blount whom the team claimed after he was waived by the Titans – was late to several team meetings last year, LT Donald Penn was the one who ousted Blount, as Penn told NFL.com “He seems like he’s grown up. He hasn’t been late to any meeting this year. I know that was a problem sometimes last season, but he seems really focused to take that next step.”

However some within the organization quietly feared Blount might get an over inflated opinion of his self-worth after his dazzling rookie campaign and blow off conditioning in the off-season, but Blount showed up to camp noticeably leaner, appearing to be stronger with an extra burst in the open field while showing extraordinary hands as a receiver and a far greater grasp of his blocking assignments on third downs.

Motivated to prove he’s the unquestioned starter Blount’s working towards becoming an every down back rather then just a two down back like last season.

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