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Hot Reads: Sapp comes to town for Bucs camp

Published:   |   Updated: July 26, 2013 at 06:28 AM

Hall of Fame DT Warren Sapp, who played nine of his 13 NFL seasons with Tampa Bay, visited One Buc Place on Thursday.

Certainly, times have changed.

During most of Sapp's tenure in Tampa, the Bucs were known for a swarming defense and a plodding attack. When he looks at the 2013 club, Sapp sees firepower.

"They're an offensive juggernaut," said Sapp, who filed a report Thursday in his capacity as NFL Network analyst. "And that's scary for a person that played BucBall as many years as I did. And the scariest part is the front five (on the offensive line). Those guys can move and mash you with the best of them."

Sapp, who had 96.5 career sacks, made a habit of pressuring quarterbacks. Tampa Bay has been seeking a consistent pass rush for a while, and the coaching staff is counting on third-year DE Da'Quan Bowers to stay healthy and produce.

"I love this team, but I want to see that front coming," Sapp said. "I'm issuing a challenge to Bowers: The last time I checked, if you wore pewter and red, you hunted the quarterback here."

Play of the day

WR Mike Williams wasted no time justifying the Bucs' decision to give him a new six-year, $40.25 million contract.

During an 11-on-11 drill Thursday, Williams fought off extremely tight coverage from CB Danny Gorrer during a deep route to make a diving, one-handed catch of a beautifully thrown Josh Freeman pass that wowed fans, coaches and teammates alike.

"That was big time," Freeman said. "That's why he's the $40 million man."

Seems like old times

Second-year pro Mark Barron has a new safety partner in Dashon Goldson, a Pro Bowler signed from San Francisco as a free agent.

Goldson's presence could trigger a shift in Barron's role, allowing him to play closer to the line of scrimmage and return to the disruptive style he flashed while winning two national championships at Alabama.

"I'm excited to have Dashon out here," Barron said. "Last year, we were last in the league and that's definitely not where we want to be. I think I'll be doing a lot more blitzing this year and I'll be very comfortable playing down in the box."

Quote of the day

"They've got some real nice pieces here ... real nice. But we all know pieces don't do anything on a chess board unless you move them in the right way."

- Warren Sapp,

on the 2013 Bucs

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 the Captain Fear mascot.

The popular night practice at Raymond James Stadium starts at 6:45 p.m. Saturday. Parking lots will open at 2:30 p.m., with autograph vouchers - required for all active-player signings - distributed through the box office in the South Plaza starting at 3 p.m., and autograph sessions beginning at 4 p.m. A fireworks show will end the evening.

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

Today: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Saturday: 6:45-9 p.m. (at Raymond James Stadium)

Monday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Thursday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Aug. 2: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Aug. 3: 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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