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5 Standouts from Training Camp, August 5

A few players who impressed during the Buccaneers' training camp practice on Saturday.


  1. The Stick Carriers.**
    A section of the Buccaneers' fans have adopted the nickname, "The Stick Carriers" after a now-famous post-game speech from Head Coach Dirk Koetter. On Saturday, the Stick Carriers came out to training camp and the atmosphere was electric. By the start of practice at 8:45 a.m., One Buccaneer Place was already a mad house.

Koetter discussed McCoy's performance earlier in the week, saying his Pro Bowl defensive tackle often "ruins practice" with how dominant he is. That was certainly the case on Saturday. During team drills at the start of practice, McCoy recorded two consecutive tackles for a loss, blowing up the offensive line and climbing five yards into the backfield. He had another impressive play near the end of practice, sniffing out a screen and stopping it for a loss.


  1. WR DeSean Jackson**
    The Buccaneers usually work on their two-minute drill at the start of practice, but opted to work in the red zone instead on Saturday. The team didn't run many plays during the drill, but Jackson will found the end zone twice, including hauling touchdown on the second play.

4. CB Ryan Smith
Smith looks like he's positioned to take over one of the gunner spots on the punt team. Russell Shepard held the spot last year, but is not longer with the team after signing with Carolina during free agency. Smith was impressive on special teams but also performed well on defense, batting away a deep pass intended for Bernard Reedy during team drills.

Wilson isn't the biggest player, but he's fast and runs great routes. He caught a touchdown during one-on-one drills, just keeping his feet down in the back of the end zone. Wilson was also close to catching a beautiful, one-handed pass that would have been the highlight of training camp, had he been able to hold on.

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