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Bucs hot reads: Two-minute defense crucial, too

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Published:   |   Updated: July 29, 2013 at 07:36 AM

A lot of emphasis is placed on two-minute offense in the NFL. But what about two-minute defense? Bucs coach Greg Schiano believes those two aspects are equally critical, especially after he watched his team lose two games last year (against Washington and Philadelphia, both at home) in the final two minutes.

"That was (a factor) last year and that's why we need to be better on two-minute defense," Schiano said. "We need to coach better, we need to play better - everything needs to be better. We also need to get better on two-minute offense.

"We've got a great two-minute offense and so many games come down to that so it's got to be a huge area of improvement. We spend a lot of time because we need to be better in games coming down to that each and every week."

Scoring change

Upon further review, RB Brian Leonard might not have scored a touchdown to cap off the two-minute drill the Bucs' first-team offense ran at the end of Saturday's night practice at Raymond James Stadium.

Leonard ran off left tackle for 34 yards to cap off the mock drive, but Schiano said S Dashon Goldson was in position to stop the run and didn't simply to avoid creating a situation in which Leonard might get hurt.

"Dashon made an incredible open-field approach and tagged off the way he was supposed to," Schiano said. "He came up and was like 'Coach, what's up with that?' So I think we would've played some more football in that situation."

Tough call

The Bucs have chartered a plane to fly to Canton, Ohio, on Saturday for Warren Sapp's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Team personnel, GM Mark Dominik and some key marketing partners will be among the passengers.

What about trainer Todd Toriscelli?

Sapp and Toriscelli are tight, going back to their days together at the University of Miami, and Sapp is hoping Toriscelli will be able to attend the Saturday evening ceremony.

But the Bucs have a practice slated for Saturday morning and it's uncertain whether Toriscelli will be able to make it to Canton for Sapp's big day.

Encore performance

Bucs RB Doug Martin finished third in the league in total yards from scrimmage with 1,926 as a rookie last year. So what is the 2012 Pro Bowler looking to do for an encore?

The answer is hard to know, because Martin says he has never gotten into the habit of setting individual goals.

"I don't have any goals for the year," Martin said. "I don't believe in setting goals. I just let everything fall into place and if I do everything that I need to do, then the rest will come."

Quote of the day

"We have the right attitude, the right group of guys and the right coaches to be a very special team."

- Bucs G Davin Joseph

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.

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

Today: 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.

Saturday: 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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