Pre-Game From Tampa

From Raymond James Stadium

6:05 p.m. CDT — Not dressed for the Bucs tonight are WR Maurice Stovall, T Demar Dotson and RB Clifton Smith.

5:59 p.m. CDT — The Chiefs have 76 players dressed to play in tonight’s game, including rookie TE Tony Moeaki and QB Bill Stull who are on the field for the first time in an NFL uniform.

5:55 p.m. CDT — Tonight is a homecoming game for a pair of Chiefs rookies – WR/RB Dexter McCluster and CB Javier Arenas. McCluster graduated from Largo High School, which is north and west of the stadium. Arenas graduatd from Robinson High School, which is in south Tampa.

5:50 p.m. CDT — Not dressed for the Chiefs tonight are QB Brodie Croyle, RB Kestahn Moore, FS Jon McGraw and G Darryl Harris.

5:45 p.m. CDT — Walt Coleman and his crew is working the game tonight.

5:30 p.m. CDT — Back returning kickoffs in pre-game warmups are WR Rich Gunnell, WR Lance Long, Jackie Battle, Javarris Williams and Terrance Copper. Handling punt returns were CB Javier Arenas, WR Dexter McCluster, CB Maurice Leggett, WR Quinten Lawrence and CB Jackie Bates.

5:20 p.m. CDT — Tonight’s game is blacked out for local television in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area. There had been around 40,000 tickets sold for this game. Right now it sounds like based on season ticket sales and single-game tickets sold to day, the Bucs figure to have eight of their 10 home games blacked out.

5:10 p.m. CDT — Familiar nams on the Bucs roster include the Chiefs first-round selection in the 2002 NFL Draft, DT Ryan Sims and former K Connor Barth. Big 12 names dotted the Tampa Bay roster, led by Kansas City native and K-State product QB Josh Freeman and KU CB Aqib Talib. Other Big 12 talent includes:  K-State – TE Jeron Mastrud; Texas – K Hunter Lawrence, DT Roy Miller, DE Tim Crowder; Nebraska – WR Chris Brooks, LB Barrett Ruud, WR Terrence Nunn; Oklahoma – G Davin Joseph, DT Gerald McCoy.

5:05 p.m. CDT – Chatting it up at the 50-yard line are the teams’ starting quarterbacks, Matt Cassel and Josh Freeman. In the Bucs pre-season opener, Freeman played just two series and he’s expected to play just a bit  more tonight. Joining their conversation is former Bucs-Broncos safety John Lynch, who handles the TV color on the Bucs TV network.

4:55 p.m. CDT – The Chiefs receivers are early for their catching session,b ut the only quarterback throwing the ball is Matt Cassel.  Watching is Brodie Croyle, with his right arm wrapped right around the elbow. The other two quarterbacks that will be in uniform this evening, Tyler Palko and Bill Stull are not throwing.

4:45 p.m. CDT – A couple of Bucs starters will get their first taste of game action this season, including former KU CB Aqib Talib, TE Kellen Winslsow, DT Brian Price and veteran CB Ronde Barber.

4:15 p.m. CDT – Offensive line coach Bill Muir is on the field talking to a group of folks from the Bucs. Before joining the Chiefs last year, Muir spent seven seasons working for the Bucs.

4:12 p.m. CDT – Former Chiefs kicker Connor Barth is sharing hellos and handshakes on the field with LS Thomas Gafford, K Ryan Succop and QB Brodie Croyle. Barth hooked on last season with the Bucs and finished up with a good season.

4:10 p.m. CDT – First man out of the locker room for the Chiefs is C Rudy Niswanger, who is out early practicing shotgun snaps with one of the ball boys.

4:08 p.m. CDT – Still 2.5 hours before kickoff, but weather in Tampa right now is hot and muggy, with overcast skies and temperatures in the 90 degree area. Earlier today there was a violent thunderstorm that roared through the area where the stadium is located. A lot of rain came down, but save a few puddles in the stands, there is no evidence of the storm.

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