Though there is plenty to talk about, the biggest news of the day came from the injury report and that linebackers Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David were back out on the practice field.
This marked the first time since before Week 2 that the tandem was both out there practicing. Though we’re sure they each practiced in somewhat limited roles, participating on the first day of the practice week is a good sign going forward for both.
Keith Tandy and T.J. Ward are also practicing today, as is Josh Robinson. That injury report is going to look pretty slim.
Last year, as a part of the Buccaneers getting their rear ends handed to them at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals, Mike Evans and cornerback Patrick Peterson went to battle all game long.
Evans ended the game with 70 yards and a touchdown off six catches, but had 18 total targets. Evans said today that Peterson was the best he faced all of last year, and seems to be looking forward to the rematch.
The Justin Evans picked was a controversial one when it went down on draft weekend. It seemed that Bucs fans either loved it or hated it. The reason for that was because, though Evans is very gifted athletically, he had fundamental and discipline issues when tackling and being a last line of defense.
After getting his first start last Thursday, he displayed to his critics that it is something he is getting over, and that he only missed one maybe two tackles the entire game.
Evans talked about exactly what has helped him mature as a player and become a better tackler, and if he’s already maturing in just the first quarter of his rookie year that’s a good sign.
Mike Smith on Hargreaves
#Bucs DC Mike Smith on Hargreaves' soft coverage. Says it's not by design for him to play exactly how deep; it's up to the player. pic.twitter.com/5uyi7GzZqR
A topic of debate lately has been with the Buccaneers cornerbacks situation.
Obviously, the fans the players and the coaches wish things were going better. One way many fans wish that is in the play of Vernon Hargreaves. The specific topic surrounding him is how far he plays in off coverage. Today, at the podium, defensive coordinator Mike Smith was asked about that very detail and he said depth in drop is up to the players, not so much the scheme.
This sort of puts a lot more blame on Hargreaves than we may have originally thought, even if the scheme calls for off coverage. Hargreaves has to be more aggressive, and if it’s in his hands, it’s all on him.
Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: email@example.com
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