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Hot Reads: Tidbits from Bucs training camp

Published:   |   Updated: July 25, 2013 at 07:02 AM

Weights and measures

Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy is listed at 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, but he came to camp weighing a little less than that. McCoy said he weighs 25 pounds less than he did in April and 10 pounds less than the Bucs expected him to weigh on reporting day.

"I trust my coaches and love the program and trust in what we do here, but I know my body better than anybody," said McCoy, who got married last month in Oklahoma to his high school girlfriend.

"I know what (weight) I feel good at and where I'll be the most confident, so that's why I came in 10 pounds lighter."

Exuding confidence

Some players have a quiet confidence about them. Bucs S Ahmad Black's confidence was out there for all to see Wednesday when he walked into camp in the pre-dawn hours with a big smile on his face and carrying a professional wrestling-style championship belt over his right shoulder. "The champs are here," he said.

Doing the Dougie

Bucs running backs coach Earnest Byner would be shocked if Doug Martin allows a sensational rookie season to go to his head.

Martin ran for 1,454 yards and finished third in the NFL in total yards from scrimmage in 2012, adding 49 receptions while providing the league's ninth-ranked offense with enviable balance.

"Humble and hungry, that defines who Doug is," said Byner, who topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark three times during a 14-year NFL career. "He doesn't get caught up in his success. He's a throwback.''

The Bucs plan to use Martin more extensively on third down to take advantage of his soft hands and ability to elude tacklers after the catch.

Quote of the Day

"I can't believe I scored only three touchdowns a few years ago. I once had seven catches in a high school game and scored six touchdowns. That's what I do - score touchdowns."

- Bucs WR Mike Williams

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 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.

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

Saturday: 6:30-9 p.m. (at Raymond James Stadium)

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

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

Aug. 1: 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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