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August 3, 2012 @ 6:55 am
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PR Analysis 8-2: Freeman Excels In WR vs. DB Red Zone 1-on-1's

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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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    Underwood is going to make this team and our offense will be scary! If Okoye can live up to his first round pick pedigree and get healthy, we could be very good on defense too; so Katy bar the door! Barron and David will both be good, but as time goes by they will get better and better. The Bucs have been smart moving Rhonde to Safety where he can be good for some more seasons, and help train Black and Barron. Our two starting DBs are veterans who already know what they are doing. We have a great punter and field goal kicker. There are a lot of experts who will be mighty surprised by this team!!!! These Bucs will be tough, will play with discipline and will scheme much better on offense and defense than we have seen here in a long time. They will be exciting to watch, and we definitely have a great core of players to build a championship team around now! And there should not be a lot of distractions off the field now, and the chemistry on this team will be great with super leaders emerging. I can't wait.
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    Scubdog you have to figure Tiquan's rookie year in Jacksonville was a learning year and Del Rio was on shaky ground. So he might not have gotten as long a look as he should have. New England was just a case of more experienced and good receivers as well, plus the Pats were throwing heavy to their TEs Gronkowski and Hernandez. So maybe WR wasn't a position they felt they needed much depth in. I could be wrong, I've been wrong before many times, but I think The Jags and the Pats let a good one slip through the cracks. Time will tell.
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    For the past few seasons it seems to be the same old story, Myron Lewis looks like Tarzan, plays like JAne...when will we part ways with him?
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    jrwilson85: Thanks for the background on Underwood. In the two practices I watched he was fairly impressive. Not sure why he didn't stick elsewhere but he is at least in the competition for the fifth receiver position.
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    I just have a gut feeling about Tiquan Underwood. This kid had a hell of a junior year at Rutgers leading the team in receiving. Ray Rice was there to loosen up the defenses for Rutgers passing game and Mike Teel was a clutch quarterback. Kenny Britt was a little behind Underwood in catches but had more yards per catch. Britt is going to be an NFL super star if he can clean his act up. Underwood's senior year was sans Ray Rice who went a year early to the NFL. The Scarlet Knights were a running back by committee team and none of their RBs struck fear in the heart like Ray Rice did. Mike Teel was becoming much more polished at QB and showed the ability to move the ball around to a lot of different receivers. Britt led the team in 2008 and waterbug Tim Brown (NY Giants) was really starting to come on as well. Tiquan's yardage dropped by 600+ yards and his receptions dropped by 25 and his TDs by 7, but Rutgers had a lot more talented receiver group in 2008 than they did in 2007. Tiquan made a significant contribution but with the exception of Britt the ball was pretty evenly spread around. Tiquan has had three years in the league and he knows the ropes. I also think he is in the right place at the right trime with the right supporting cast. He brings an ingredient the Bucs didn't have last year nice size to go with burner speed along with precision route running. You put him Williams and V Jack on the field at the same time with Dallas Clark at TE and the Bucs are very scary. Another thing is Martin and Blount as a RB tandem. This team is in much better physical condition than last year and I think they could surprise a lot of teams. Now if we can play good defense to go along with an improved balanced offense....IT" KATY BAR THE DOOR BABY!!!!
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    Defense! Defense! Whe're the pressure? O.K. guys, go get #5
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    It's a 1 on 1 drill......what's the corner going to do, send his shadow after the QB?
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