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Coach Lovie Smith excited to finally get a look at overhauled Buccaneers on the field

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    New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith walks during a voluntary NFL football minicamp practice Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (The Associated Press)

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown throws a pass during a voluntary minicamp football practice Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. McCown played for the Chicago Bears last season. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (The Associated Press)

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson cuts around a blocking dummy during a voluntary minicamp NFL football practice Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (The Associated Press)

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Luke Stocker, right, runs past safety Kelcie McCray (35) after a reception during a voluntary minicamp NFL football practice Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (The Associated Press)

Football coaches can only learn so much watching players on film, so Lovie Smith is excited about finally having an opportunity to evaluate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the field.

The Bucs began a three-day voluntary minicamp Tuesday, giving the team's new coaching staff what amounts to a head start on preparing for next season.

Smith and incoming general manager Jason Licht have spent the past three months overhauling the roster, including signing quarterback Josh McCown, defensive end Michael Johnson, cornerback Alterraun Verner, tight end Brandon Myers, defensive tackle Clifton McDonald and offensive linemen Evan Dietrich-Smith and Anthony Collins.

The Bucs began their offseason program two weeks ago. Smith is not surprised the start of minicamp drew 100 percent attendance, even though the practices are not mandatory.