BRADENTON – Quarterback Josh Freeman has organized an informal, unofficial mini-camp for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week at the Athletic & Personal Development program in Bradenton.
An estimated 40 to 50 players are expected to take part in the three-day volunteer camp set for Tuesday through Tuesday.
The workouts, to be held twice daily and begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4:30 p.m, on the order of a normal mini-camp, will be closed to the public.
The practices will feature non-contact drills, primarily involving passing, without the supervision of the team coaches.
Most of the offensive and defensive linemen have decided not to take part, due to safety risks, according to pewterreport. com.
Players will not be wearing helmets or pads.
Showing the leadership of his position, Freeman has made it a commitment to try to keep the team as together as possible during the lockout of the NFL players by the NFL owners, which began in March.
He is hoping that once the lockout ends, the time the players have spent together developing camaraderie and trying to keep their skills in offseason shape, will be of some benefit, if there is an NFL season this fall.
The NFLPA rookie symposium will also be held at IMG on the same days.
The NFL has cancelled its annual rookie symposium this year, due to the lockout.