It didn’t take long for Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie DT Akeem Spence to showcase his aggressiveness.

The fourth-round draft pick out of Illinois livened up Monday morning’s inaugural 2013 offseason practice session by tangling with C Jeremy Zuttah in an altercation that required several teammates to break up.

At 6-foot-1 and 307 pounds, Spence was considered a weight-room warrior by NFL scouts and has impressed coach Greg Schiano.

“He’s physically very developed,’’ Schiano said after Spence worked next to Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy. “He may be one of the strongest guys in this league as a rookie. If he can learn our techniques, the more reps he gets, the better he’ll be.’’

Following Roy Miller’s free-agent departure to Jacksonville, Spence will be given every opportunity to earn a starting nose tackle job as a rookie.

“I’m not going to back down from anybody,’’ Spence said of Monday’s dustup. “I have to let that be known on the first day here.’’

The heat is on Two other new Bucs, rookie DE Steven Means and free-agent TE Tom Crabtree, took notice of Monday’s sultry conditions.

“Is this like a cold spell for you guys?’’ Crabtree joked as a group of reporters formed around him following practice.

Crabtree grew up in Ohio and has played for the Green Bay Packers the past three years.

Means was a standout player at Buffalo after being raised in western New York.

“Hot, hot, hot,’’ Means said, wiping his brow repeatedly. “This is like the hottest days in Buffalo, but guys were telling me it’s not even hot yet down here. It’s a little adjustment, I’m not going to lie, but I’m here to put some heat on the quarterback.’’