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Bucs hot reads: Preseason opener approaching

Published:   |   Updated: August 2, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Ready, set, play

The Bucs are less than a week from their first preseason game, against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night at Raymond James Stadium. In preparation, the team is beginning to scale back a bit on drill work and devoting more time to running plays in an 11-on-11 setting.

"We're doing a lot more of that with the coaches off the field now, and it's not so much the older guys as it is some of the younger kids, because they need it for sure,'' coach Greg Schiano said. "We're having more periods where we're just playing football. You put the ball on the 25-yard line and you go play. If you make a first down you keep going. If you don't, you get off.''

Audible at the line

LB Dekoda Watson is trying to make the jump from special teams standout to defensive starter. To make the most of his opportunity to win the strongside linebacker job, Watson altered his offseason workouts.

"The biggest thing for me was making sure that I came to camp in the right physical condition and that I was prepared to be on the field more and for all the extra activity," Watson said. "So I tried to do a little less weight work this year and instead I did a little more cardio and rehabbing of the body - stuff like yoga and tai chi. That's really all I've been doing.''

Play(s) of the day

The defense saved its best for last Friday, shutting down the offense in succession during the live, two-minute drill that ended the workout at One Buc Place.

The first-team defense stopped a drive led by starting QB Josh Freeman before it reached the defense's 30-yard line, and the second-team defense stopped a drive led by QB Mike Glennon at the defense's 21.

"They played some good pass defense down there in the red area," Schiano said. "I think the defense is really starting to understand that whole concept of red-zone defense."

Quote of the day

"It's my fifth year, so I have some experience, and I've won some in this league. I have a Super Bowl ring under my belt."

- Five-year veteran LB Jonathan Casillas, a member of the 2009 New Orleans Saints Super Bowl team

Camp schedule

Three remaining practices at One Buc Place are open to the public, no ticket required. Admission and parking are free. Fans can enjoy discounted concessions and autograph sessions.

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

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

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

Aug. 10: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Preseason schedule

Thursday: 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.