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Luke McCown Takes Break Before Bucs Camp

For Luke McCown, it's good to be home. The Tampa Bay quarterback is back in Jacksonville for next week's passing camp before Bucs training camp starts.

"Coach Gruden has made it pretty clear he loves competition," Luke said. "It really doesn't matter unless you're the proven starter, what you were last year. He wants to see you compete and do better, he feels that's how he gets the best out of you."

The Bucs backfield is crowded, but Luke feels after getting some starts last year, he'll be able to contribute again.

"I feel like I've done a lot to help myself, but as long as I continue to have the focus of helping my team win in whatever way possible, the rest of it will play out on its own."

One player on the roster who doesn't want to be there is former Longhorn Chris Simms, a friend of Luke's who's asking for a trade.

"I think what he's doing is what he feels like is best for his career. That's up to him and up to him and his family, certainly, I wish him the best.

Regardless of the competition, Luke says he's there to work for Tampa bay, and getting the win.

"Putting forth my best effort to help my team win, that's the best that I can do. It doesn't matter who else is on the roster with me, all that matters in this business is wins. My teammates deserve that from me."

Reid Kerr can be reached at rkerr@kltv.com.

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