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Economos: Bucs players-only meeting was ‘pep rally’

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TAMPA — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers player who called the recent players-only meeting said Thursday that concerns about the vote for team captains were not brought up during the conclave.

Long snapper Andrew Economos, an eight-year veteran and the longest tenured player on the team, called the meeting last week, but said it was more of a “pep rally’’ than a gripe session.

“It was me and a few other guys that spoke and it was kind of a pep rally thing,’’ Economos said. “We’ve got a lot of talent in this room and we wanted to get it together and … speak in one direction, and that’s what we did.’’

A story on the ProFootballTalk website on Wednesday said there was talk in a players-only meeting that Bucs coach Greg Schiano might have manipulated the vote for captains. Players voted on Sept. 4 during a separate players’ meeting.

During that vote, quarterback Josh Freeman, who had been a captain the previous three seasons, was not voted a captain of the offense. Guard Davin Joseph and wide receiver Vincent Jackson were selected.

Economos said he heard some of the PFT reports about the meeting, but said the only part of the PFT report that was accurate was that there was a players-only meeting.

“I’ve heard a few things that came out through Twitter and stuff,’’ he said. “The stuff that I saw was just kind of hear-say. There was nothing backing it up, just people talking.’’

Economos was also asked about Freeman missing the team photo shoot early last week. He said the team has already moved on from that and teammates did not feel a need to address Freeman on that issue.

“You didn’t have to,’’ Economos said. “You could see it on his face how he felt.’’

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