TAMPA — Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith raised both eyebrows and concern when he announced he would hold the majority of his team’s training camp workouts in the mid- or late afternoon this year.
Those concerns were immediately justified when the threat of lightning and thunderstorms in the area forced the Bucs to twice leave the field and eventually cancel their first workout on Friday.
Bucs players share those concerns, but beyond that they generally seem to like the idea of the afternoon workouts.
“I’m enjoying the time difference right now,’’ running back Doug Martin said after Sunday’s workout at One Buc Place. “We’re a little more fresh, a little more awake and alert at that time and I think that’s going to benefit us.
“Yeah, we had some bad weather that first day but it’s worked out pretty good, and especially with us having our first two games (starting at 4:25 p.m. and 4:05 p.m.) at home, it’s good for us.’’