For the 2013 season, it was a 6:45 a.m. start
"Good morning fellas," Darrelle Revis said.
Players arrived with their bags packed with optimism. For Josh Freeman, this is his favorite time of the season. He's excited most about his next step.
"I love training camp," Freeman said."It's the second year in this system. I feel that much more comfortable. Last year was kind of a whirlwind trying to pick things up. Trying to learn things on the fly. This year, having an entire off season to kinda go back and study. Try to really take your game to the next level."
There is a lot of intrigue in training camp for the Bucs to get to the next level. It starts with key position battles.
"The 3rd receiver spot is intriguing," said coach Greg Schiano. "The back-up runner, intriguing. Depth on the o-line and tight end."
"I forgot to go to the other side. We play defense too (laughter). Defense. I think the defensive end situation is going to be great. Interiorly that nose guard battle and the secondary obviously."
There are plenty of intriguing matchups to watch when the players hit the field for their first practice of training camp on Thursday, while everyone has the same goal in mind to win a Super Bowl. Greg Schiano's approach to get there is rather a simple one.
"That's it, we've got to get better every day," Schiano said. "Our systems are in place. Our schemes are in place. Our players know those things. Our rookies have had as much opportunity as we can give them to get up to speed with it. Now we have to go out and get better."
Reaching that daily goal requires players to connect the dots.
"Coach talks about it all the time, connecting the dots," said Freeman. "Focus on the next thing you have to do. If you do that, you get that much closer to achieving your goals."
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