On Thursday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended their three-day mandatory mini-camp, which gave some insight into the team for the last time this off-season. After this, training camp awaits and that will be the next time that the Buccaneers will be available.
It has definitely been an interesting off-season for the Buccaneers. New coach, free-agent acquisitions, a solid draft, and a totally new culture down in Tampa Bay. I am kind enough (half-kidding) to update you on the latest from One Buccaneer Place.
Aqib Talib will go on trial on June 25 in Dallas county on charges of assault with a deadly weapon. Obviously, this situation remains fluid and uncertainty remains there. Head coach Greg Schiano addressed the situation on Thursday, saying, “Well, anytime you have a guy where there’s an off-the-field situation that could affect his on-the-field situation, you’re concerned. The thing that I can tell you is since I arrived here Jan. 26, he’s been awesome. The way he’s worked, he’s been here every day.” But Schiano also has a backup plan. “You always as a head coach have to have those plans just in case,” Schiano said.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy doesn’t need any extra motivation coming into 2012. For two years straight, McCoy has suffered arm injuries and was forced to miss extended periods of time. “Two injuries, back-to-back years, motivation to finish a full season, I love it,” McCoy told Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com. McCoy also added that coach Schiano has implemented a tackling circuit, which has helped him immensely.
That is the latest from One Buccaneer place. The Buccaneers still have a long way to go, but training camp, which will take place in late July, is on the horizon.