Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman was accurate with his throws during the 1-on-1 red zone drills between the wide receivers and the defensive backs on Thursday. Which receivers scored touchdowns? Which defensive backs broke up passes? Find out in this PR Analysis report from Bucs training camp.
The 1-on-1 drills between Tampa Bay's wide receivers and the defensive backs on Thursday took place in the red zone. The offense typically has an advantage in 1-on-1 passing drills because the quarterback and the receiver know what the route is and there is no other defensive help from a nearby safety or linebacker, and of course there is no pass rush, either.
Bucs starting quarterback Josh Freeman looked sharp during this practice period, and PewterReport.com was there to chronicle the action.
On the first rep in 1-on-1’s wide receiver Vincent Jackson scored a touchdown in the end zone over cornerback Aqib Talib on a high pass thrown by Freeman. Talib had pretty good coverage, but the throw was accurate and Jackson’s body control allowed him to snag the pass at just the right time.
Preston Parker was matched up against safety Ahmad Black in the slot, but an errant throw by Freeman didn’t allow either Buccaneer to make a play on the ball.
Wide receiver Mike Williams hauled in a perfectly thrown 20-yard fade pass by Freeman for a touchdown. Williams went up and over cornerback Eric Wright, who had good position on the play, to haul in the scoring strike.
Wide receiver Tiquan Underwood made a great catch for a first down near the 9-yard line on a back shoulder stop fade pass from Dan Orlovsky against cornerback Anthony Gaitor.
Tight end Dallas Clark squared off against rookie safety Keith Tandy, who reached his hand around and swatted a pass from Orlovsky down in front of the veteran.
Orlovsky’s next pass went for a touchdown as Sammie Stroughter ran a hard slant and dashed in front of cornerback Myron Lewis, who got his legs crossed over on the play due to poor technique. Once Lewis was beat, Stroughter dashed for the end zone.
Freeman’s back shoulder fade pass to Ed Gant was on the mark as the receiver stopped in the end zone and caught the ball over rookie cornerback Leonard Johnson, who has made some strides in practice during the first week.
Freeman threw another touchdown on a similar back shoulder throw, although instead of this being a lofty fade, this pass was a dart to Parker, who had a step on safety Tramain Thomas.
Orlovsky’s pass to Wallace Wright, who was being defended by Derrick Roberson, was incomplete as the cornerback had good coverage.
Freeman’s 10-yard slant pass to Jackson was expertly defended by the rangy Talib, who had great coverage and broke up the pass in the end zone.
Orlovsky threw a nice pass to Parker, who was against Black in the slot. Black was a step slow off the ball and was never able to recover.
Third-string quarterback Brett Ratliff got in one snap, throwing a pass in the red zone to Brandon Cox, who made a nice grab and pulled the ball out of the clutches of cornerback Marquese Wheaton, who had great coverage on the play.
During this 1-on-1 period, Freeman was 4-of-6 with three touchdown passes, while Orlovsky was 3-of-5 with one touchdown.
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