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Growing pains at Bucs' OTA's

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The Bucs kick off phase three of their offseason team activities. It's the first allowed opportunity for defense to line up against the offense. But it turned out to be bad timing for two Mikes. The Bucs' top draft pick, Mike Evans, tweaked his hamstring on the same play that Mike Jenkins hit the ground hard after picking off the pass.

Lovie Smith has been around long enough to realize at this time of the year, these minor injuries are expected.

"Rookies coming in, you don't know the pace," said Smith. "At the end, a lot of the guys -- I'm talking about rookies coming in -- they're in New York [for the draft, they're traveling. They're not in the best of shape. That's universal around the league."

These OTA's are all about learning "Lovie's way." Most of the information is passed on through the coaching staff, but the veteran leaders on the team are a big part in getting the message across.

"It's one thing for the veterans to know a lot, but if they're not willing to share it with the young players and they have done this [motioning pulling together] with our guys from the start," said Smith."

Josh McCown knows exactly what Lovie wants and knows his role to deliver it.

"You take what your head coach asks you to do and you carry that out," said McCown. "Some do it by instruction, verbally. Some do it by just example."

Expectations are one thing. Scheme is the other. Offensively, the Bucs look to be a team that wants to get the ball out of the quarterback's hand fast and into the hands of the playmakers.

"We get the ball out quick," agreed Mike Glennon. "We up-tempo 'em. We are going to do a lot of things, but you know, Day 1 is more of our vanilla passing game, so you'll see a little more of the quicker stuff."

OTA's are the just a setup for the hard work comes in July at training camp.

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