With temperatures reaching the 90s and game-action just around the corner intensity was riding high at Buccaneers training camp Tuesday, particularly in the trenches.
In the middle of 9-on-7’s – a portion of practice that features Power O and run defense – broke out a scuffle between right tackle Demar Dotson and right end George Johnson.
“Yeah that was me and George. George had a few days off so he was feeling good,” Dotson said somewhat jokingly after practice. “My legs were feeling like they were stuck in the mud.”
Fortunately for the Bucs, neither player was injured and no relationship was tainted. Dotson explained that it was just a combination of heat, contact and players simply caught up in the moment.
“You know, it’s that Tampa heat,” Dotson said. “It’s just a lot of hurting, pain and anger built up and two people in the wrong place at the wrong time I guess.”
The 6-foot-9 tackle hadn’t yet spoken to coaches, but Lovie Smith didn’t seem too concerned at his post-practice press conference. It was just business as usual.
“Not much to say about it,” Smith said. “It’s training camp, not much more than 9-on-7… That’s how (the intensity) is every day; we’re intense. There is physical contact. It’s a typical training camp day for us.”
As long as it’s not Smith v. Enemkpali or Newton v. Norman, coaches probably prefer to see a little added emotion from players as they head into the season.
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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