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June 11, 2014 @ 4:34 pm
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Inside Bucs Mini-Camp 6-11: DBs Make Plays On Wednesday

Written by Eric
The Bucs dodged lightning early in practice
The Bucs dodged lightning early in practice Cliff Welch/PR


Eric Dellaratta


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On rain soaked practice fields at One Buc Place, the Buccaneers conducted their second of three days of mandatory mini-camp on Wednesday. Practice was halted for 30 minutes as the alarm went off that lightning was in the area, and after the weather stabilized, the team was back out on the field in very humid conditions. In attendance at Wednesday’s practice was former Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy and his son Eric.

Injuries kept a good amount of players from practicing on Wednesday, including offensive guard Carl Nicks, fullback Lonnie Pryor, cornerback Alterraun Verner, wide receiver Lavelle Hawkins, cornerback D.J. Moore, running back Brendan Bigelow, cornerback Deveron Carr, and safety Dashon Goldson.

Players that practiced on a limited basis include wide receiver Mike Evans, cornerback Jonathan Banks, and safety Mark Barron. 

The players finished their usual stretching and transitioned into individual work with their position coaches for a short time before the siren sounded that lightning was too close to continue practice. The players and coaches headed inside, and after a 30-minute delay they returned to the field and picked up where they left off.

During individual drills, wide receivers coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker scolded veteran Louis Murphy failing to execute a press release drill properly.

“That was terrible,” yelled Hayes-Stoker. “Let’s go!”

After two consecutive periods of installation, including offensive, defensive and special teams walkthroughs, the team joined forces on the east field for an 11-on-11 session.

Right defensive end Michael Johnson lined up with left end Adrian Clayborn, nose tackle Clinton McDonald, and under tackle Gerald McCoy on the Buccaneers first-team defensive line.  

For the second consecutive practice, Kadeem Edwards ran with the first-team offense at left guard with Patrick Omameh at right guard.

Doug Martin took the majority of the first-team reps at running back with rookie Charles Sims taking the most carries as a part of the second group.

The session featured a lot of running plays, more specifically stretch running plays that asked the running back to get to the edge and turn up field. Running back Jeff Demps continued to flash his blazing speed and quickness, which was showcased throughout the period.

Wide receiver Skye Dawson dropped a perfectly thrown pass from Mike Glennon after getting open on a hitch route.

6-foot-5, 215 pound wide receiver Tommy Streeter did a nice job getting open against tryout cornerback Kip Edwards. The Buccaneers have a plethora of different size options at the wide receiver position, including five receivers over 6-foot-3 and four receivers under 5-foot-10.   

After the first of two 11-on-11 sessions wrapped up, a special teams period took place, with special teams coordinator Kevin O’Dea directing his players as they practiced kickoff coverage and kick returns. Players that returned kicks for the Buccaneers on Wednesday included Chris Owusu, Skye Dawson, Charles Sims, Eric Page, and Mike James.

The Buccaneers ended practice with a second 11-on-11 session, but this time in hurry-up, two minute drill offense.

With Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks both sitting out, cornerback Rashaan Melvin joined cornerback Danny Gorrer as the first-team cornerbacks on Wednesday and both made the most of their opportunities.

Melvin made the play of the day when he picked off Mike Glennon near the end of the session. The second-year corner dove over Chris Owusu, who slipped and fell while running a comeback route, and made a spectacular catch to secure the interception. It was a great day for the 6-foot-2, 193 pound cornerback, who also scooped up a loose ball that was fumbled earlier in the session.

After a tremendous performance at yesterday’s mini-camp practice, Danny Gorrer made a few more big plays on Wednesday. The fifth-year pro from Texas A&M made a huge pass breakup while in his flat zone coverage assignment. He quickly reacted and stepped in front of the receiver but just couldn’t hang on to the ball for the interception. This comes just one day after a practice where Gorrer notched two interceptions and a pass breakup.

Wide receiver Eric Page made a terrific diving catch on beautifully thrown pass by Josh McCown down the seam. Page beat rookie cornerback Quinton Pointer on a post route and made a great adjustment to haul the pass in before the safety could make a play on the ball.

Practice ended on a play where safety Bradley McDougald intercepted an overthrown ball by Mike Glennon. The ball sailed over the hands of the outstretched wide receiver and into the hands of McDougald, who had to be reminded that it was a two-minute situation and that he needed to knee the ball.  

McCown finished the session with 8 completions on 12 attempts and one interception. Glennon  completed 9 of his 11 attempts and also threw an interception.

Tight end Cameron Brate, wide receiver Quinitin Payton, and quarterback Alex Tanney were all on the field after practice getting in some extra work. 

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    Warren, I'm not arguing it should be done, just pointing that out.
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    Bucjoe: You are correct. But Sherman played BOTH CB & WR in high school. Streeter has never played CB, even in high school. Sherman entered the NFL as an athlete who could play either position...& Harbaugh knew that. Also, unlike Streeter, Sherman didn't play several years in the NFL as a WR & then all-of-a-sudden switch to CB. That's my point. I'm not saying it's impossible, but the likelihood of that happening now with the Bucs is slim & none. Love seems to be happy with the current CBs, so why would he try such a move?
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    Sherman, the outstanding CB for Seattle was a WR in college under Jim Harbaugh.
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    Owlykat: Too bad your boy Tim Tebo(w) didn't follow Collinsworth's lead. John Lynch was also a former QB.
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    Warren, ever hear of Chris Collingsworth? A great Pro Receiver, right? Would you believe when he signed with Florida he had always been a QB? And he played several years trying to be the starting QB at Florida, but he wasn't that good at QB so the Head Coach switched him to WR and the rest is history. I would love for Streeter to make the Bucs with our great coaching, but if his hands aren't good enough to make it here, I say move him to the practice squad and develop him to try CB, because he could still be a big success there. Our outstanding starting RT was a DT at Mississippi but we converted him to a Tackle and developed him on our Practice Squad and look at him now, but by your logic you would have kept him at DT and he would not have a bright career ahead of him now!
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    Owlykat: There have been a number of college QBs who made great WRs in the NFL over the years .I remember Freddie Soloman who played QB at at Univ. of Tampa & was a great receiver in SF. In all those cases, as in Collinsworth's case, they went into the NFL & played WR as rookies, not after several years in the NFL as QBs. You didn't give one example of a WR converted to a great DB after several years in the league. And, which of our current DBs would you dump to make room for your project Streeter?
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    Great to hear Page did well catching the ball. I have said since last year he has the ability to play slot receiver. Not surprised either that Demps looked good running the ball. He and Sims can take it all the way on any play! I hope the coaches can develop Streeter with his size and 4.3 speed. If he can't catch better convert him to DB. He could cover a zone and get to and knock down every pass thrown in that zone. If he gets out of position he has plenty of recovery speed. Great article PR. Hope Edwards can back up Nicks.
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    @owlykat: If Streeter doesn't make it as a WR, convert him to DB? When, if ever in his career has he played DB? I know he didn't @ UM, nor in his several years in the NFL. Maybe he did in high school...not even sure of that. Converting him to DB would be quite a project, don't you think?
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    Shocker. Gorrer can't hold onto a INT. Where in the world have we seen that before?
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    Thanks Eric, good update.
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    Nice summary Eric - ya have to love how we can still take shots at Schiano....how bad was that guy!
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