TAMPA — Gerald McCoy came up with a novel way of marking the end of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ three-day mandatory minicamp.
The Pro Bowl defensive tackle treated teammates to free frozen treats, courtesy of an ice- cream truck parked on the sideline at One Buc Place.
“Everybody left on a high note, and how often do you get to finish with a snow cone?” coach Lovie Smith said. “That’s kind of the topping to the cake. I said it was a great idea. Here I am talking to the guys about getting their body fat down and Gerald comes out with the ice cream. For a day like today, we’re not going to count calories. ... Guys left with a smile on their face.”
Smith is urging his players to relax their bodies and minds before reporting for training camp July 24.
“We like the team and we like the way they came to work every day,” he said. “We’re going to all get away and I’ve got about 2,000 boxes to unload. I want these guys to get away for a period of time to enjoy themselves. You can run on the beach, or the Bahamas, but we have to come back ready to go.”
New Bucs CB Alterraun Verner hasn’t participated in a playoff game during his four-year NFL career, but he likes Tampa Bay’s chances in 2014.
The former Titan signed with the Bucs as a free agent after making the Pro Bowl and is eager to showcase his skills in the Tampa 2 scheme installed by Smith.
“Not only is coach Smith defensive-minded, but he’s a big fan of getting the ball, and that’s what I’m all about,” Verner said. “I’m disappointed after any game when I don’t find a way to touch the football. It’s great knowing he feels I can do that for this team.
“There’s a lot to be excited about here. I wish we were starting the season this week, because I’m so ready to go.”