The rigors of training camp are starting to take a toll on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tired and sore, the Bucs battled through a workout at One Buc Place on Tuesday that was rife with mistakes such as dropped balls and missed assignments, but there is no rest for the weary on the horizon.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano, whose team has practiced in pads for eight straight workouts, said he has no plans to take the pads off in an effort to get better execution out of his team.
"I'm not trying to be a hard guy or anything, because we will (take the pads off) eventually," Schiano said. "But as I tell (the players) I want to make sure we're ready (for the regular season opener against Carolina) Sept. 9.
"I want to make sure we're feeling good and ready to play. Right now we're building a foundation for our 2012 team and part of that foundation is built through suffering together."
Schiano said it was the receivers who seemed to suffer the most on Tuesday. Though some such as Preston Parker and Sammie Stroughter stood out in a good way, others such as Tiquan Underwood struggled.
"I think the fatigue got to some of the guys because we had some dropped balls and that's usually the No. 1 reason," Schiano said. "So we're going to check out the tape and see.
"Usually it's a fundamental flaw - you don't get your hands together or you don't get your hands up in time or you don't get your eyes around. That ball is coming and when you're tired if you don't miss by a tenth of a second, it could lead to you not catching the football."
Not everyone looked tired. Defensive end Michael Bennett, who missed a couple of days with an unspecified ailment, was back at work for the second straight day and drew raves for his performance.
"I though Bennett looked real good," Schiano said. "I thought he was fresh, which stood out.
"This time of camp, when a guy misses a few days and comes back he looks a different speed."