Rain cut Tuesday’s practice 32 plays short, but the Buccaneers were able to get in one 11-on-11’s and 7-on-7’s portion before heading to the locker rooms and calling it an afternoon.
As Jameis Winton and the quarterbacks warmed-up on Field 1 with tight ends and wide receivers, working on red zone throws and crossing routes, defensive players were on Field 2 with their position coaches. The defensive line started with one bag, practicing their move around the edge, as linebackers worked with dummies before coverage drills where they mirrored the quarterbacks eye’s.
During the defensive position drills, various players took to Field 1 for the special teams portion. Nothing new during this period, as the Bucs trotted out the same return men for kickoff and punt.
After a brief install and walkthrough period, the Bucs began full-team scrimmage. Multiple players on every unit were seen rotating, so it was hard to gauge first and second-team’s for both sides of the ball. Wright and McDougald were often switching with Swearinger and Tandy at safety, as were defensive ends Sidbury and Delaire with English and Johnson. On offense, the five-man front consisted of a few combinations, including Omameh, Edwards and Allen taking first-team reps.
Kwon Alexander was also lining up mainly with the 1’s, and the rookie linebacker made a few notable plays on Tuesday. During 11-on-11’s he played a crossing route perfectly, tipping Winston’s pass intended for Russell Shepard. Later in practice, during 7-on-7’s, Alexander could be seen lining up in single coverage against a tight end. The LSU product continues to be a story to follow during camp and preseason.
In a rare occurrence, Sterling Moore was seen taking some reps at nickel corner. While the former Cowboy frequently played the position last season in Dallas, he has mainly been working with the outside corners during camp.
Winston looked sharp for the most part during practice, however he did throw an interception during scrimmage. On a pass intended for Sheppard, Lavonte David was able to jump in front and come down with the ball. David has picked Winston a few times during camp, and appears well on his way to a multiple INT season.
Mike Evans wasn’t targeted as many times as he was Monday, but the second-year pro had a great comeback route to beat Mike Jenkins on one play. Winston did a nice job anticipating the cut, hitting Evans as soon as he turned around.
Mike Evans – Photo by Mark Lomoglio/PR
Kenny Bell had a bad drop after a nicely thrown pass from Glennon over the middle. Bell redeemed himself during 7-on-7’s, however, catching a pass off a broken play as Winston rolled out and found his roommate for a 15-yard gain.
On defense, Alterraun Verner also redeemed himself after first getting beat on a seam route by Donteea Dye who made an excellent catch along the sideline. Shortly after, though, Verner broke up a slant to Tavarres King.
Keeping with the same routine as Monday, 7-on-7 play featured a passing attack – until the rain came in.
During this period (before the downpour cut it off 45 minutes), Winston’s footwork stood out a bit more. Dirk Koetter and Mike Bajakian have clearly been keen to training proper pocket movement, as Winston always kept his feet moving. One of the better aspects of his performance Saturday was pocket presence and moving around.
As for defensive standouts, Bradley McDougald had the hardest hit on the afternoon, closing in on a screen to Bobby Rainey and delivering a nice pop. McDougald moved around from single-high to the box throughout practice.
The defensive play of the day involved an undrafted, lesser-known defensive back. Derrick Wells, who signed in May, made a great effort to punch the ball out from Robert Herron’s possession. The defense was trying to poke the ball out all afternoon, but this was the only one they got to fall.
Shortly after, the rain started coming down hard, leading the Buccaneers and all those in attendance to run for cover. Practice was cut short Tuesday by 45-minutes and picks up Wednesday at 2:30 where it will be open to the public.
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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I listened to Gosder Cherilus’ PC today and I was impressed. Seemed like a lunch pail guy that takes his job seriously and speaks frankly – no coach speak. You can see and hear the experience of his years in the league – loved his voice too! He and Mankins are going to be great for this young O-Line room. If he can stay healthy, he may be able to help us out. Welcome aboard Gosder!
Also appeared to be an extremely intelligent man as well. Could be a good addition.
Nice to hear Mark. Have read a few reports about the guy and this could be an upgrade over Dotson if he is healthy and gets back to his 2013 form.
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