A week into camp, QB Josh Freeman likes what he sees in terms of communication and attention to detail.
"You no longer have the language barrier, the terminology, where you thought of something you want to do and you're not quite sure exactly how to say it off the top of your head,'' said Freeman, who looked sharp Wednesday. "Now we've got (a handle) on it pretty good.
"It was a good week. It was a week with some pretty heavy installs. It challenges us, challenges everybody. Coming out in this weather and then going out and learning situations, pushing them and the tempo of practice, I think guys have responded extremely well.''
Play of the day
During an 11-on-11, goal-line drill midway through Wednesday's workout, Freeman drilled a pass right into the hands of rookie RB Mike James on a short crossing route about 2 yards deep into the end zone. The ball, though, didn't stay in James' hands for long.
Running right with James was second-year OLB Lavonte David, who reached and stripped the ball out of James' hands, denying the offense the score.
"Pretty good play, right?'' Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. "He showed a lot of poise there. He's got his back to the ball, he doesn't panic and strips it out. That's what we teach, and it was great to see him do it.''
Quote of the day
"I've been to the playoffs, I've been on a 3-13 team ... I've been through it all.''
- LB Adam Hayward
In addition to DE Adrian Clayborn, who left practice with a groin injury, several Bucs are fighting injuries. WR Tiquan Underwood (hamstring) and CB Myron Lewis (hamstring) did not practice. G Carl Nicks, who missed nine games last year with a toe injury that required surgery, was a little more active and CB Darrelle Revis continued to progress from October knee surgery.
WR Vincent Jackson, who led the league in averaging 19.2 yards per catch last season, is impressed with the chemistry brewing at One Buc Place.
"Great people on this team, great people in this organization,'' Jackson said. "Coach Schiano is very keen on the kind of personalities he wants in that locker room and the guys that are going to go about their business the right way. I think everybody that has come in from all over the country, different teams, different systems, fit in the type of personalities that we want on the field.''
Several practices at One Buc Place are open to the public, no ticket required. Admission and parking are free. Fans 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.
Practices open to the public (dates and times subject to change):