Derrick Ward apologized to coaches for not only his play, but his attitude and body language. Since he has played this underwhelming ever since getting his big free agent contract, you wonder if this has more to do with the production of Kareem Huggins.
Speaking of attitude, I find Gerald McCoy to be a really determined hard worker. He looks back at his first preseason game with a little disappointment and seems to channel that performance into determination.
As much as there is talk about how player-friendly the atmosphere is at Bucs Training Camp and as much as one might wonder if that’s led to Ward’s lack of discipline, I wonder if Raheem will react to all the snubbing going on by the sports media, particularly when it comes to Josh Freeman. In several segments on the young quarterbacks in the NFL, I’ve noticed how the hosts nationally and locally will bring up every young quarterback, even rookies who aren’t in competition for a starting job, except Josh Freeman. I know how Belichick or Rex Ryan would react, with the player getting reminded as needed of the criticism.
Raheem made it seem like Stroughter is performing so well that, after he starts in place of an injured Stovall on Saturday, he is going to sit for a lot of the preseason as they look at Brown and Benn. It seems to me that maybe Williams and Stroughter are going to be your week 1 starters at Raymond James Stadium against Cleveland. With Stovall and some ailing receivers like Williams out of practice, Preston Parker made a nice sideline reception in practice.
Also, people wonder what kind of cash the Bucs would have to spend on a veteran arm. Supposedly, Todd Collins’ decline of the offer from the Bears came down to a $140,000 signing bonus.