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Tampa, Florida -- Mother Nature and the defense turned up the heat on day two of Buccaneers training camp.
The revamped secondary that finished dead last in the NFL a season ago stole the show and the ball on three different occasions. It was a lackluster morning for Bucs' quarterback Josh Freeman, the free agent to be was intercepted by both Leonard Johnson and Jonathan Banks. Rookie quarterback Mike Glennon tossed the other pick going over the middle and into the hands of Mike Adams.
"You know, every day I always set a goal to get at least one interception or at least get my hands on the ball and I was able to get one today and hopefully it's just the first of many," said Adams.
Last season, the Bucs came away with 18 interceptions during the regular season but only six came from players still on the roster.
First year Buccaneer Safety Dashon Goldson told his back line teammates he wants them to be the leaders among the defense this season. Goldson backed up his words by swatting a Freeman pass out of the air on a blitz, proving that the secondary could do a complete turnaround.
"As a secondary you got be the best athletes on the team and definitely set the tone. You got to get that ball back so the quarterback can go out and put points on the board," said Goldson.
The player with the heftiest paycheck on the roster is the one who's been taking it the lightest. Darrelle Revis saw more repetitions on the second day. The former All-Pro participated in one-on-one matchups with wide receivers but only at half speed during what Greg Schiano called "teach periods". Even without Revis, the secondary were the ones providing Freeman and the offense with a lesson.
"It was encouraging to see from a defensive standpoint, that the guys made some plays, but as a head coach you sit back and say, 'well that's not good because it was our offense that gave it to them,' " said Schiano. "I look at practice like this, as long as it's a back and forth. I don't want one side to dominate the other."
Tomorrow night, the Bucs will take the field at Raymond James Stadium for the annual night practice. It will be the first time during this training camp that the players will put on the pads. The practice is free and open to the public and Schiano promised the fans that they would see healthy competition and that it will be a lot of fun.
The practice kicks off at 6:45 p.m. with an autograph session beginning at 4:00 p.m.