For QB Josh Freeman's targets on the Buccaneers, practice might make perfect.
The addition of All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis in an April trade with the Jets has energized WRs Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson, who can't wait to test their skills against Revis in training camp and during regular-season practices.
"I keep telling him I'm not one of those receivers he's been checking," Williams said with a smile following Wednesday's practice. "Darrelle said he's been going against the best, and I told him, 'If the ball's in the air, I'm going to get it.' We keep arguing every day.
"I can't wait to go against a guy of that caliber. He can get me better.''
Jackson, who led the NFL by averaging 19.2 yards per catch in his first year with the Bucs, predicted Revis would be a "great leader'' this fall, on and off the field.
"Our organization has done a great job in the offseason the last couple of years, bringing in key pieces that we need,'' said Jackson, who was signed as a 2012 free agent from San Diego.
"Darrelle and (safety) Dashon Goldson are going to shore up our secondary. When Darrelle lines up against me, I know he's going to give me his best and he knows I'm going to give him my best. When you're going against looks on Wednesday through Friday that are harder than what you face on Sundays, that's an advantage.''
Ready to rumble
Year 2 of the Greg Schiano era will kick off with the first day of training camp July 24, 15 days before the Aug. 8 preseason opener against Baltimore. Rookies are allowed to report several weeks earlier, but Schiano said he will probably bring them back only a week or so before the veterans.
"We'll give (the rookies) a break," Schiano said. "Everybody needs to take a break."
As for the mindset heading into the second year of the Schiano regime, the coach suggested veterans talk to rookies and vice versa.
"If you are an established pro, you know what you need to do - you've been through one of our training camps," Schiano said. "The rookies, they don't know what to expect, and I hope that the veterans will explain to them how it's going to be. One of the things different here from a lot of places is that you have to deal with these elements (heat).
"You have to get ready to play and win, and (the heat) is no excuse. I don't want to hear about it."
Heading into his fourth pro season, Dekoda Watson realizes the time is now.
Already established as an outstanding special teams player, Watson is competing for a starting job at strongside linebacker, where veteran Jonathan Casillas also has a lot to prove after signing with the Bucs as a free agent from New Orleans.
"I've learned that things may not always go the way you want, but your time will come,'' said Watson, a former Florida State standout who blocked two punts in 2012.
"I have an opportunity, and I'm going to try and make the best of it.''