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):
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.
TAMPA - Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano spent the early-morning hours of Sunday watching the tape of his team's Saturday night practice at Raymond James Stadium. The second look only confirmed what Schiano thought he saw the first time around.
Schiano said immediately after the two-hour-plus workout that his team lacked crispness and he reiterated that point Sunday, saying the execution of plays was not up to the necessary standards.
"Really good effort, really bad execution," Schiano said. "And when I say bad I mean that there were a lot of mistakes, a lot of assignment errors, which I fully expect. I mean, it was only practice three."
Schiano said the Bucs ran a lot of plays during the night practice that they had only run at a walkthrough pace.
"We've installed 95 percent of our first-, second- and third-down defense, so really with the exception of red zone and the specialty areas, we hadn't thrown a lot at them," Schiano said.
"But now we've got that on tape, so when they look at it they say, 'Oh, OK.' So sometimes it's good to put the fire there and then when we go through it a second time there's a heightened awareness."
Pass it on
Even though they are competing for a starting cornerback job opposite Pro Bowler Darrelle Revis, second-year pro Leonard Johnson has gone out of his way to aid rookie Johnthan Banks in his development.
Johnson, 23, made six starts last season, gaining valuable experience in a struggling secondary. Banks, a second-round draft pick out of Mississippi State, is five months older than Johnson, a Clearwater native who intercepted three passes as a rookie.
"LJ talks to me at night, telling me how to approach practice and how to be a good professional," Banks said. "He's one of the most positive guys I've ever been around. I'm competing with the guy for a job and he's there every step of the way. He's always on me in a positive way."
Schiano is hoping Johnson's unselfishness proves contagious.
"That's how tradition is built," Schiano said. "Ronde (Barber) did that for Leonard. When you get your whole organization saying that's the norm, that's when you have a tradition. Tradition isn't touching a statue. Tradition isn't a flag . it's the way people act within an organization."
Banks already has made quite an impression on new teammate Michael Adams, a six-year veteran cornerback who says he sees a lot of one of his old teammates in the Bucs' 2013 second-round pick.
"He's long and very athletic and reminds me a lot of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie when he was a kid," said Adams, who played with Rodgers-Cromartie for three years with the Arizona Cardinals.
Tour de rehab
S Ahmad Black (ankle) and DE Steve Means (Achilles tendon) have joined the Bucs' Tour de France. That's the nickname given by the media to those rehabbing injuries because those players spend a good part of the day riding stationary bicycles.
TE Luke Stocker (calf), DE William Gholston (hamstring), CB Danny Gorrer (groin), DT Gary Gibson, DE Markus White, FB Erik Lorig (calf) and TE Zach Miller (hamstring) are the others.
It might not be long, though, before most of those players return to the field.