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Bucs learn to keep their cool in OTAs

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TAMPA, Fla. -- As the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held their second workout in this week's OTAs Tuesday, they already learned a key lesson -- keep it cool.

The Bucs had their first fight in team drills Monday when rookie DT Akeem Spence got into a scuffle with center Jeremy Zuttah.

Spence tried to go full speed when OTAs are supposed to have only limited contact.

"I thought we did a much better job than we did last spring of taking care of each other, holding each other up, all that stuff," head coach Greg Schiano said. "Other than the one exception with the rookie and Zuttah, and I think that got cleared up right away.

"But it's critical we hold each other up, to move side-by-side so we can execute plays, but stay off the ground. Keep our head gear and shoulders out of it, just put our hands out and kind of work with each other so guys can execute plays. I thought our guys did an exceptional job of that. That's something we've got to continue to do all spring. That will keep us healthy."

Schiano has reason to be concerned and may want to have his players throttle it down. Otherwise, the Bucs could risk a fine or the loss of a few OTAs.

"It's very tough. It's not only do we want it for safety, but it's mandated by the rules. We can lose OTAs, you can get fined, there's a whole bunch of stuff. We're very, very clear about it. We show examples, we really try to get the guys to understand. Now, when you put 22 guys that are going against each other and something happens, you correct it."
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