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Bucs hot reads: Barber happy with new vantage point

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Published:   |   Updated: July 27, 2013 at 04:38 PM

Former Bucs CB Ronde Barber visited One Buc Place and took in Friday's workout.

Barber, who retired in May after playing his entire 16-year career with Tampa Bay, said he timed his departure from the game perfectly.

"I don't miss it at all," said Barber, who ended his career with an NFL-record 215 consecutive starts by a defensive back. "I'm good being at home. I'm good following it from afar. After 23 years of playing a high level of football, I'm good being a spectator."

Barber is more than a spectator, though.

He is about to embark on a career as a television analyst, calling Bucs preseason games on WFLA, Channel 8, and NFL regular-season games for Fox Sports. He also will have a role on Fox Sports 1, a 24-hour channel set to launch in August.

Out the door

Darrelle Revis has been a Buccaneer for only three months, but has already made an impact at the merchandising tent during training camp.

The No. 24 jersey worn by the Pro Bowl cornerback has been a hot item, according to Justin Renville, resident district manager for Aramark, the new provider of food, beverage and retail merchandise services for the Bucs.

"There's been a lot of excitement in general about our jerseys," Renville said Friday. "The Revis jersey, from the first day we launched it, has been doing very well. His red jersey is No. 1. It's outselling the white Revis jersey by a 2-1 margin."

Is Renville worried about running out of Revis inventory?

"Not at all," he said. "We put in a massive order to begin with."

Position of strength

Former Bucs G Cosey Coleman attended Friday's practice and his focus naturally drifted toward the linemen working with position coach Bob Bostad.

"To me, the offensive line is the strength of this team,'' said Coleman, who spent five seasons in Tampa and started for the 2002 championship club. "With those big, talented guys up front, they can ride (RB) Doug Martin and take some pressure off (QB) Josh Freeman.

"With a good line and a good running game, what more can a quarterback ask for?"

Quote of the day

"When you get comfortable, that's when you get your job taken from you, so I don't ever want to get comfortable. When I reach that comfortable level, it's probably time for me to go."

Bucs RT Demar Dotson

Camp schedule

Several practices at One Buc Place are open to the public, no ticket required. Admission and parking are free. Fans also can enjoy discounted concessions, autograph sessions and appearances by the Buccaneers cheerleaders and Captain Fear mascot. The team facility is located east of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

The popular night practice at Raymond James Stadium is tonight at 6:45. Parking lots will open at 2:30 p.m., with autograph vouchers - required for all active-player signings - distributed through the box office in the South Plaza starting at 3 p.m., and autograph sessions beginning at 4 p.m. A fireworks show will end the evening.

Practices open to the public (dates and times subject to change):

Today: 6:45-9 p.m. (at Raymond James Stadium)

Monday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Thursday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Friday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Aug. 3: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Aug. 6: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Aug. 10: 10:10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Preseason schedule

Aug. 8: Baltimore, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 16: at New England, 8 p.m.

Aug. 24: at Miami, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 29: Washington, 7:30 p.m.

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