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Bucs hot reads: Throw Dotson the darn ball

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers RT Demar Dotson, who played basketball at Southern Miss, is proud of his athleticism. He showed his teammates just how versatile he can be during Monday’s practice when he caught a pass from holder Michael Koenen on a fake field goal attempt and strolled in for a touchdown, capped by an exaggerated end zone dance.

“Demar did a good job,’’ Koenen said. “It was a nice catch and the celebration was even better.’’

Dotson, a two-year starter, is hoping to mark his mark as a receiver during the regular season.

“They need to throw it to me in a game,’’ he said. “That’s a precious moment. I don’t even know what you call that celebration — I just need to not do that again.’’

Coach Lovie Smith was as giddy as Dotson when the play unfolded.

“You talk about a thrill for a lineman,’’ Smith said. “Demar is a heck of an athlete and we can do some things with him.’’

Quote of the day

“You should never try to replace somebody or be like somebody else. You’ve got to play like yourself.’’

— CB Alterraun Verner, asked whether he felt he is viewed as Darrelle Revis’ replacement in the Tampa Bay secondary

Play of the day

Two days after catching a long touchdown pass, WR Tommy Streeter stood out again Monday. A sixth-round pick by the Ravens in the 2012 draft, Streeter made a leaping grab over the middle on a slant pass from Mike Glennon.

“If you’re any good, you’re going to get the ball thrown your way,’’ Smith said. “He has made a few plays and we have seen definite improvement from him.’’

Did you know?

The heat index during Monday afternoon’s workout at One Buc Place topped 100 degrees.

Training camp schedule

The following practice sessions are open and free to the public, with all practices at One Buccaneer Place except this Friday’s night practice at Raymond James Stadium.

Thursday: 2–4:30 p.m.

Friday: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Sunday: 4:30–7 p.m.

Mon., Aug. 4: 4:30–7 p.m.

Tue., Aug. 5: 4:30–7 p.m.

Sun., Aug. 10: 2–4:30 p.m.

Mon., Aug. 11: 4:30–7 p.m.

Tue., Aug. 12: 4:30–7 p.m.

Thu., Aug. 14: 2–4:30 p.m.

NOTE: Dates and times subject to change.

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