After almost four months as a Buccaneer, RB Brian Leonard is still getting accustomed to his new surroundings. More specifically, the thick playbook scripted by offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan.
"I'm still learning this offense,'' Leonard said, "but I'm being physical out there and I think I'm playing pretty decent.''
Leonard joined the team as a free agent after two years in St. Louis and four seasons with the Bengals. He played for Greg Schiano at Rutgers, where he led the Big East in all-purpose yardage in 2004.
"This is one of the harder offenses I've been a part of, " Leonard said. "But once you get it down, it's so dynamic and there's so many things you can do."
Play of day
OLB Lavonte David looked liked a rookie again during a 9-on-9 drill midway through Monday's practice - and we mean that in a good way. The Bucs' leader last season with 20 tackles for loss, David flashed into the backfield and dropped RB Brian Leonard four yards behind the line of scrimmage, sparking a solid defensive run in which S Ahmad Black stuffed rookie RB Mike James at the line and LB Najee Goode dropped James for a loss.
The Revis report
CB Darrelle Revis, still recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, took a scheduled day off from Monday's practice.
"It was all to plan,'' coach Greg Schiano said. "He (practiced) four days in a row. And he really wasn't off. He was inside, doing strengthening. Part of the rehab is weight training and those sorts of things, balance things.''
In the house
Former Bucs WR Horace Copeland attended Monday's practice, along with QB Josh Freeman's father, Ron, who is a fixture at Tampa Bay's home and away games.
A day off
The Bucs will not practice today, the first day off after five straight days of practice to open camp.
Quote of the day
"Physically, it's by far the hardest job, maybe next to quarterback, on the field. You're covering the best athletes in the world. They know where they're going, you don't. That's a tall order.''
Bucs coach Greg Schiano on the challenge of playing cornerback in the NFL
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.
Practices open to the public (dates and times subject to change):