Saturday's workout was one of the most physical and intense of training camp. Though players are asked not to take teammates to the ground during live drills, several wound up there.
The biggest hit was delivered by CB Anthony Gaitor, who leveled WR Eric Page just as Page caught the ball on a crossing route during an 11-on-11 drill.
The most notable, however, featured S Dashon Goldson and DE Da'Quan Bowers running into one another during a pass rush in which both reached the backfield but collided while trying to change directions.
"I think the fact that they were willing to hit somebody at this point in camp was pretty impressive,'' coach Greg Schiano said of the workout's physical nature. "There were some shots delivered out there.''
Pro Bowl LG Carl Nicks took another big step forward in his recovery from a season-ending left big toe injury when he worked a series with the first team during an 11-on-11 drill.
The live team work was the first for Nicks, who is among several players being brought back slowly from season-ending injuries to try to avoid a setback.
"I'm anxious to watch the tape and see how he moved,'' Schiano said. "Again, you put together a plan (but) you have to have feedback from the player because he's the one who feels the pain or the discomfort. So, we're just trying to really go step by step with him.''
Play of the day
A day of training camp hasn't gone by in which WR Chris Owusu hasn't done something to make fans, coaches and teammates take notice.
A strong contender for the third receiver spot, Owusu flashed the brightest Saturday by out-jumping Gaitor along the left sideline and catching a 57-yard touchdown pass from Josh Freeman.
"He did make some big plays," Schiano said of the second-year Standford product. "I wasn't studying Chris, but he jumped out to me a few times, so that was good."
Quote of the day
"We need that. We need practices like these - practices with the humidity. The humidity doesn't help that much, but it will help us in the long run.''
- Rookie DE Steven Means on the Florida heat
Two remaining practices at One Buc Place are open to the public, no ticket required. Admission and parking are free. Fans can enjoy discounted concessions and autograph sessions.
Practices open to the public (dates and times subject to change):