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5 Takeaways from First Open OTA

Observations from Thursday's practice at One Buccaneer Place.

Check out photos from Day 2 of OTAs from One Buccaneer Place.

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1. We saw a preliminary starting defense.
For the first time this offseason, the Buccaneers defense lined up together as a unit. The first group had George Johnson and Jacquies Smith at end, Gerald McCoy and Clint McDonald at tackle, Lavonte David and Danny Lansanah at linebacker, Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks at corner, Chris Conte and Major Wright at safety with Sterling Moore and Isaiah Frey each playing nickel.

2. No rookies worked with the first offensive line.
Second-round picks Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet were not working with the first team on Thursday. Instead, the starting offensive line consisted of Demar Dotson and Kevin Pamphile at tackle, Kadeem Edwards and Logan Mankins at guard and Evan Smith at center.

3. Pat Murray has ice water running through his veins.
For the special teams portion of practice, Murray, last year's starting kicker, and Brandon Bogotay, who was just signed by the Bucs, took turns rattling off field goals from increasing distances. With the rest of the team gathered in a semi-circle, jumping up and down and yelling, Murray nailed all of his kicks, including a 48-yarder to complete the exercise.  

4. Somebody loves 80's hair metal.
It's not clear who chose the music for Thursday's practice. But whoever did really, really likes 80's rock. Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock", Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher", Def Leppard's "Love Bites", Skid Row's "I Remember You", Poison's "Nothing But A Good Time" and Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead Or Alive" were a few of the songs playing over the loudspeaker during practice.

5. There are a handful of candidates for the punt returner job.
Five players practiced fielding punts on Thursday – wide receivers Adam Humphries, Kaelin Clay, Rannell Hall and Donteea Dye and running back Bobby Rainey. All five handled the responsibility well during drills.

With the 2015 squad being revealed next week, check out photos of the Bucs Cheerleaders through the years.

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