Under clear skies and temperatures in the lower 90s, the Buccaneers took to the practice fields at One Buc Place for their fifth practice of training camp. Wednesday’s padded practice was open to the media and Buccaneers season ticket holders. The stands that wrap around the west practice field were completely full just after practice had kicked off.
To start off practice, the Buccaneers worked with their position coaches on technique. PewterReport.com focused on the defensive line, which was led by energetic coach Joe Cullen.
The linemen worked through bag drills in an effort to work on their punch and footwork in close quarters. Second-year defensive end Steven Means has tremendously fluid hips, which makes him look like he is effortlessly moving through the bags. His ability to bend and quickness off the edge Joe Cullen an interesting prospect to mold.
Cullen made second-year defensive end Will Gholston repeat a rep during a get-off drill. The second-year defensive tackle struggled to stay low and didn’t fire off the ball. It was just the start of a relatively disappointing day of practice for Gholston.
After a special teams period where special teams coordinator Kevin O’Dea oversaw kick return installation, a session of one-on-ones ensued featuring the receivers and defensive backs.
Rookie receiver Mike Evans zoomed past cornerback Mike Jenkins on a go route. The 40-yard pass was perfectly delivered by quarterback Mike Glennon.
Receiver Tommy Streeter, who has strung together a couple of nice practices, raced pass nickel cornerback Quinton Pointer on a fly route for an easy touchdown grab. Streeter has great size (6-5, 215) and speed and it looks like Tampa Bay is tapping into his great potential.
Cornerback Keith Lewis broke up a pass intended for Louis Murphy who ran an out route. Lewis (6-1, 190) stuck with receivers throughout the session and didn’t look like a rookie.
Veteran David Gettis blazed past cornerback Deveron Carr for a big reception down the right sideline. Gettis hasn’t made too many impact plays for the Buccaneers so far this training camp.
The air horn sounded and the Buccaneers transitioned into a short 11-on-11 period.
Tight end Luke Stocker leveled left defensive end Adrian Clayborn on a running play, which opened a nice running lane for Doug Martin. Stocker hasn’t flashed much as a pass-catcher, but the former Tennessee Volunteer has been a force as a blocker.
The crowd erupted when Josh McCown delivered an 80-yard touchdown strike to fan-favorite receiver Vincent Jackson on a post route. The big receiver beat Johnthan Banks early and managed to get behind the safety for the huge gain. However, Gerald McCoy got to McCown before he released the ball, so the play would’ve resulted in a sack in a game situation.
Linebacker Mason Foster, who looks noticeably leaner and more muscular, corralled Bobby Rainey behind the line of scrimmage and punched the ball out of running backs hands for a forced fumble. Foster was playing with great ferocity throughout practice.
Offensive guard Oniel Cousins was at the center of a few of the many skirmishes on Wednesday. It was by far the scrappiest training camp practice to date.
Linebacker Brandon Magee continued to impress as a part of the third-team linebacker group, making a fantastic tackle for loss on fleet-footed running back Jeff Demps. Magee has been a force as a pass-defender and a run-stopper in just the short amount of time he’s been with Tampa Bay. He’s really making a name for himself so far.
Cornerback Mike Jenkins, who filled in for the injured Alterraun Verner, did a fabulous job in press coverage against Mike Evans on a rep late in the session. Jenkins re-routed Evans with a strong punch to his inside should and shoved the 6-foot-5 target all the way out of bounds.
To conclude the session, second-team linebacker Danny Lansanah leveled tight end Tim Wright, quickly ending his efforts to pick up yardage after the catch.
After a water break and a period of offensive and defensive walkthroughs, the offensive and defensive linemen squared off in one-on-ones on the east practice field.
After having a few lackluster practices, rookie guard Kadeem Edwards bounced back on Wednesday and turned in a great session of one-on-ones. He was the only guard to completely stop Gerald McCoy in his tracks and he also did a great job against newcomer Clinton McDonald.
Edwards’ worst loss of the day came against defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, who got to the dummy quarterback by using a strong bullrush. Bowers has enjoyed a very good start to training camp and his success continued on Wednesday.
For the third straight practice, defensive end Scott Solomon pulverized rookie right tackle Matt Patchan. The 6-foot-3, 262 pound pass-rusher got inside Patchan’s frame and bulldozed him into the ground. Solomon has been a pleasant surprise so far and he even earned some first-team reps at left defensive end during the final 11-on-11 session.
Matthew Masifilo had another strong practice, highlighted by an impressive session of one-on-ones. The Stanford product beat center Josh Allen with a speedy swim move and later got the best of center Jason Foster on back-to-back reps with bullrush moves. It appears has the early lead for the backup three-technique job, ahead of both Euclid Cummings and Akeem Spence.
On the last rep of the session, defensive end Adrian Clayborn proved to be too much for Oniel Cousins, shoving him backwards on his way to a clean shot at the dummy quarterback. Clayborn’s increased violence and motor has been extremely impressive so far this camp, but the fourth-year pass-rusher can be overaggressive, which causes him to lose balance and traction.
Tampa Bay wrapped up the one-on-one session and transitioned into a lengthy 11-on-11 session, which was the final period of the day. The majority of the reps were conducted inside of the 20-yard line at the end of practice.
Tommy Streeter made an excellent grab in traffic from Mike Glennon. The receiver ran a slant route and used his 6-foot-5 frame to box out the defensive back for the strong catch. Streeter has been one of the most consistent Buccaneers receivers so far this camp.
Oniel Cousins rallied after a poor session of one-on-ones and delivered a fantastic block to rookie Euclid Cummings. Cousins shoved the rookie to the ground right off the snap and laid on top of him for the duration of the play. Most of Cousins’ playing time was with the second-team on Wednesday, while Patrick Omameh took the majority of the first-team reps at right guard.
Bobby Rainey scored a 10-yard touchdown in between the tackles. He had a huge hole to run through behind right guard Patrick Omameh and right tackle Demar Dotson and the second-year running back made the most of it.
Vincent Jackson got great separation in the endzone and was wide open for a touchdown catch on a pass thrown by Josh McCown. Vincent Jackson was snagging everything thrown his way on Wednesday.
Scott Solomon continued to impress as practice went on. The third-year defensive end blew up Jeff Demps behind the line of scrimmage on a stretch running play to the strong side.
Receiver Louis Murphy caught a perfectly thrown pass from Josh McCown for a touchdown later on in practice. Murphy got open on a slant route and McCown delivered a strike to the veteran pass-catcher.
Tim Wright capped off Wednesday’s practice by making a phenomenal catch in the back of the endzone between three Buccaneers defenders. Wright, who has been moved all over the field, has enjoyed a great start to training camp. UP NEXT
: The Buccaneers will be back on the practice fields tomorrow at 2:00 P.M. The practice is open to the general public.
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