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Bucs hot reads: Keyshawn back in camp

WR Keyshawn Johnson, whose four-year career with the Bucs was highlighted by the 2002 championship season, returned to the team facility Saturday in his role as an ESPN analyst.
Johnson made a quick visit to One Buc Place to tape a lengthy interview with Pro Bowl CB Darrelle Revis, who was acquired in an April trade with the Jets that cost Tampa Bay its first-round draft pick.
Revis, still recuperating from October knee surgery, has been limited in training camp and didn’t dress for the preseason opener. Johnson said the interview would be shown in the days leading up to Tampa Bay’s Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the Jets at MetLife Stadium.
The Bucs allowed the most passing yards in the league last year, but a busy offseason has revamped the defensive backfield. Besides obtaining Revis, Tampa Bay signed Pro Bowl S Dashon Goldson from the 49ers as a free agent and drafted Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks in the second round.
“This can probably be one of the top three secondaries in the league, if Darrelle’s healthy,’’ said Johnson, who posted a dozen 100-yard receiving games for the Bucs between 2000 and 2003. “The one thing for them, especially on offense, is consistency at the quarterback spot. You’ve got to have consistency there. Josh Freeman is 25, still relatively young. Hopefully, he can continue to mature as a player.’’
Play of the day
Enticed by the athleticism of DE Steven Means, the Bucs selected him out of Buffalo in the fifth round of the 2013 draft because they believe he may be able to give their ailing pass rush a boost.
Working with the first-team defense at right end Saturday during an 11-on-11 drill, Means came in untouched off the edge and picked off a short Freeman throw for what likely would have been a pick-six touchdown in a game.
“He certainly has ability,’’ Bucs coach Greg Schiano said of Means. “He made a heck of a play today. He just needs to keep getting better. He’s a really fine talent who just needs to hone his game.’’
Quote of the day
“I think we got lucky today with this breeze. I don’t know what the heat index was, but this was a pretty cool day.”
— Bucs WR Kevin Ogletree, before the afternoon heat index soared to 108 degrees.
Making a move
Five days after the Bucs released Troy Nolan, they re-signed the veteran safety on Saturday.
Nolan, 26, was a seventh-round draft pick of the Texans in 2009. He made six starts for Houston and registered three interceptions in two seasons before heading off to Miami and Chicago.
Preseason games
Aug. 8: Ravens 44, Bucs 16
Friday: at New Eng., 8 p.m.
Aug. 24: at Miami, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 29: Wash., 7:30 p.m.
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