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It was a wet start to training camp for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the rain couldn't keep the die-hards down.

The threat of storms kept the droves of people away, but several hundred still showed up bright and early with high hopes.  

Devin Rodriguez was one of them, and he brought his newborn son. Four months ago, little Tristan was born right across the street at St. Joseph's Hospital – the same place as his dad.

This was their first Bucs experience together.

"It was always the plan, and we stuck with it even with the rain, and we stayed dry, so that's good," said Rodriguez, holding Tristan in his arms. 

Fans were greeted by several old faces, including former Buc Warren Sapp, still clearly a fan favorite.

The rain couldn't keep Skip and Dana Wise away, either. Skip, who is wheelchair-bound, has been a Bucs fan for more than 25 years.

Each year, he sits atop a platform on the south side of One Buc with his friend, Ed. They've become regulars at training camp, and each year, Bucs GM Mark Dominik swings by to say hello.

Skip said he's hopeful second-year coach Greg Schiano can right the ship.

"He's given us the discipline that we need – badly," he said. "He's a great teacher, and I think this is going to be the year we really start winning. Last year, he didn't get a whole lot of time to get these guys to play. He needed a whole year to do that."

The Bucs practiced for nearly three hours, and the rain eventually cleared. Dominik is hopeful for better weather and more fans at this weekend's sessions, which include a Saturday night practice at Raymond James Stadium.

There was also good news on the field: New signing Darrelle Revis, nursing a knee injury, was cleared to practice. Dominik is hopeful he'll be ready for some preseason action.   

"There will be a little bit of a chance for him to play in the preseason to make sure he's comfortable with that," he said. "We want him to be there for the Jets (opener), and we've got 15 others that are important to us, that really matter."

The Bucs will be back out Friday morning. Here's a list of the remaining sessions that are free and open to the public:

Friday, July 26: 8:45 - 11:30 a.m. 
Saturday, July 27: 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. (Night Practice at Raymond James Stadium) 
Monday, July 29: 8:45 - 11:30 a.m. 
Wednesday, July 31: 8:45 - 11:30 a.m. 
Thursday, August 1: 8:45 - 11:30 a.m. 
Friday, August 2: 8:45 - 11:30 a.m. 
Saturday, August 3: 8:45 - 11:30 a.m. 
Tuesday, August 6: 8:45 - 11:30 a.m. 
Saturday, August 10: 8:45 - 11:30 a.m.

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