Pewter Report Intern
What Buccaneer players stood out on offense for Tampa Bay during their first OTA Monday at One Buc Place? Which two Bucs brawled during practice? Get the answers to these questions and for in this OTA practice report.
As expected, it was a hot and humid day at One Buccaneer Place for the first day of OTAs. The intensity and energy was high from the start; players were clearly excited to get to work. After some warm-ups, the players split up into their positions and did quick drills with their position coach. The quarterbacks did simple drop back drills, the wide receivers did quick feet drills, and the offensive linemen and tight ends did blocking drills.
The wide receivers then started a short route-running drill. Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Steve Smith, Tiquan Underwood, and Kevin Ogleltree did the drill with ease. Undrafted free agents Tim Wright out of USF and Jerry Johnson out of UCLA both had bad drops.
From there, the quarterbacks and receivers worked together and things looked to work smoothly. Freeman had one bad pass that sailed over Vincent Jackson’s head, and Glennon had a bad pass that was thrown three yards beyond his receiver. Aside from that, both quarterbacks looked sharp and the only dropped pass came from wide receiver Chris Owusu.
While the quarterbacks and receivers were working, the offensive linemen continued their blocking drills, and it should be noted that both starting guards, Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph, were not on the field due to their injuries. Both are in Tampa and at one point Nicks was seen off the practice fields working with trainers to rehab his injured toe. Jamon Meredith was playing left guard and Cody Wallace was playing right guard.
The horn blew and the offense and defenses lined up opposite each other to practice running the ball. The highlight of the practice came when DT Akeem Spence was lined up against C Jeremy Zuttah. After the play was over, Spence and Zuttah broke out into a brawl on the ground that lasted until their teammates were able to separate them.
“I didn’t know the tempo,” Spence said. “I was going full speed and I can’t back down. Hopefully [Jeremy Zuttah] respects me for that because I want to be a part of the team.”
From there, they went into the seven-on-seven drill. It was a difficult drill for Freeman, but not because he played poorly. The secondary, which consisted of Johnthan Banks, Leonard Johnson, Eric Wright, Dashon Goldson, and Mark Barron, was great in coverage and there was really nowhere for Freeman to throw. He threw the ball away on two plays, but tried to force it to his receiver on another and it was nearly picked off by Eric Wright.
Glennon took the field, but was playing against the second and third-teamers so he and a much easier time finding open receivers. However, all of his passes were short and risk-free so he didn’t showcase his big arm at all in this drill. Glennon seemed to be getting a feel for the scheme rather than just letting it loose.
“It’s definitely a lot different [with the veterans],” Glennon said. “ The tempo, the speed of the game is a lot faster. Everything about it is just more intense, upbeat. You can definitely feel different but it’s exciting to finally be out here with the [veterans].”
The team then went into 11-on-11 drills but it was somewhat blocked off to the media. But it looked like Freeman had an easier time finding receivers in this drill than in the last. Freeman did throw one ball away because of good coverage, but the only other missed pass came on a drop by Vincent Jackson on a well placed ball. Glennon did good as well, but again it’s hard to compare him to Freeman when he’s facing Anthony Gaitor and Myron Lewis instead of Wright and Banks.
The receivers didn’t make any standout plays, but didn’t make very many mistakes either. Mike Williams was the most impressive of the receivers, making a couple sideline, toe sliding catches. New addition tight end Tom Crabtree made a great catch in the seven-on-seven drill. He created good separation from the linebacker and made a fingertip catch twenty yards down field.
“[My goal] is to make the team,” Crabtree said. “I’m not one to sit here and say ‘I want to be the starter’, nothing like that. I want to come in and, if my role on this team is being on kick returns, if my role on the team is catching a bunch of balls, whatever it is I want to do that, and find a way to help the team win and make the roster.”
Unfortunately, it was difficult to see certain things on the field because of where they had the media standing. But from what was visible, the offense looked solid for it being the first practice in months. No one really stood out for good or bad, which is probably the result of everyone simply getting back into the football routine.
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