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Quick Work: Trueblood Reaches Agreement

The Bucs hit the ground running with Thursday’s necessary contract work, finalizing a pact with second-round tackle Jeremy Trueblood before noon

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Though one of the biggest OL prospects in the draft at 6-8 and 320 pounds, Jeremy Trueblood has very good balance

With four rookies still to sign as reporting day for training camp dawned, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers got off to a good start on Thursday. One of those four was in the fold before noon.

The Bucs and second-round pick Jeremy Trueblood have agreed on a deal, giving the tackle from Boston College plenty of time to report to camp on time. Players are expected to check in to the Celebration Hotel in Central Florida between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Tampa Bay's training camp roster is full to the seams, which means another player will have to be released in order to make room for Trueblood. However, the team still has a laundry list of moves still to make on Thursday, including finished contracts for first-round guard Davin Joseph, third-round wide receiver Maurice Stovall and sixth-round tight end T.J. Williams. The rest of the Bucs' pre-camp roster moves will be announced later on Thursday.

Trueblood was eager to report to camp on time and build on the strong impression he has made since being drafted with the 59th overall pick in April. Competition for jobs on the offensive line is expected to be fierce this summer, and the Bucs would like to see their two first-day selections, Trueblood and guard Davin Joseph, heavily involved in that competition.

The 6-8, 320-pound Trueblood is a massive prospect capable of overwhelming defenders. Despite his size, he plays with good balance and can ward off pass rushers with his long arms. He was a second-team all-conference selection each of his last two seasons and the Eagles' starter at left tackle for the last 20 games of his career, 36 overall.

Trueblood hails from Indianapolis.

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