Gruden praises several rookies

Aqib Talib (John Raoux/AP)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers completed their first full week of training camp workouts on Saturday and head coach Jon Gruden had praise for some members of the 2008 rookie class. Find out who right here, and link to our exclusive stock watch article to see who's hot and who's not at training camp.

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Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden got what he wanted out of Saturday morning's workout, one day after canceling the Friday morning workout.

The Bucs had a spirited session and Gruden went out of his way to praise a few key rookies drafted just a few months ago.

"They're doing well. Aqib [Talib] is doing really well, a lot of life and energy in his legs," Gruden said. "He's a playmaker, he helps us. Dexter Jackson is a little bit like Joey – most flights are canceled every day. For a head coach…we wanted speed, and Galloway and Dexter Jackson have speed. We haven't seen it yet. It's frustrating, I think, from that standpoint. But Dexter's doing fine, he's learning the offense. I can't be more pleased with Jeremy Zuttah, cannot be more pleased. He's unflappable. He's doing an excellent job. For the rest of the class we've got a long way to go but they're working hard and we're seeing improvement."

Talib had two interceptions during a morning session on Monday. Jackson, while not burning up the sideline, has caught most passes thrown his way and is proving to be more physical at 5-foot-8 than expected. Zuttah is working out at both center and guard and is playing well enough to push Dan Buenning for a backup job.

It was obvious, though, that Gruden thought fourth-round pick Dre Moore, a defensive tackle out of Maryland, was behind the rest of the class.

" You know, this is not a game where you want to do too much thinking at that position," Gruden said. "You've got to get off the ball, you've got to be disruptive, and he is getting better. I think he's getting in better shape. The tempo and the speed of this game is probably a little bit foreign to him but he does have talent."

As for injuries, Gruden said QB Jeff Garcia was making progress with his strained calf. He's putting weight on the leg, though Gruden didn't give a timetable.

He didn't update any other player's injury situations.

The Bucs were to enjoy their family day at Disney World on Saturday afternoon.


Matthew Postins is the editor and publisher of Bucsblitz.com.

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