The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held two practices on Tuesday at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
The first practice, which was held in full pads, was “physical,” according to Bucs head coach Jon Gruden. The second session was held in shorts, jerseys and helmets.
Left tackle Derrick Deese (ankle) missed both of Tuesday’s practices. According to Bucs head coach Jon Gruden, backup T Anthony Davis has done an admirable job playing in his place.
“He’s doing a good job. We really like what we’ve seen from him,” Gruden said of Davis. “He’s got to contest with a great pass rusher in Simeon Rice. He’s doing quite well. His body weight is maintained what we wanted and he’s doing some great things.”
Defensive tackle Ellis Wyms (sore shoulder), center Scott Jackson and running backs Michael Pittman (hamstring) and Jacque Lewis (hamstring) were held out of both practices as well.
Cornerback Juran Bolden participated in the afternoon workout after sitting out of the morning session with a sore hamstring.
The Bucs did receive some good news on the injury front this morning when rookie WR Larry Brackins (hamstring) was activated from the physically unable to perform list. According to Gruden, Brackins will be eased back into action.
“Now he’s on the KOP, kind of able to perform (list),” Gruden said jokingly. “It’s a work in progress, but at least he’s able to participate in some of the lighter, individual-type drills.”
FRANCE DELIVERS ON KICKS:
After watching the kickers go 10-of-18 on field goal attempts over the past two morning practices, Bucs head coach Jon Gruden was pleased by what he saw from this unit on Tuesday morning.
Kicker Todd France handled all kicking duties on Tuesday, and during the morning session, he was perfect, going 7-of-7. During the afternoon session, France drilled his only field goal attempt, which made him 8 for 8 on the day. Gruden said Matt Bryant will have a chance to handle all of the kicking duties on Wednesday.
“We gave Todd France all of the kicks today,” said Gruden. “We rested Matt Bryant. Bryant will get all of the kicks tomorrow. That was our plan initially, and Todd responded today by making every single kick. There was some pressure on him.”
OFFENSE FINDS GOAL-LINE SUCCESS:
Tampa Bay held a physical goal line drill on Tuesday morning. While it was spirited, it was also short. The offense ran three goal line plays and scored on all three tries. Fullback Mike Alstott and running backs Cadillac Williams and Earnest Graham each got into the end zone on running plays.
While he was pleased with the offense’s performance, Bucs head coach Jon Gruden came away from this drill extremely disappointed with his defense’s production near the goal line.
“It was as good as it gets,” Gruden said. “We had three one-play drives. If we’re going to take a step forward here and run the football you have to run it with authority. We clearly ran it with authority against our defense today. It wasn’t a mystery script, okay? Our defense has to be a hell of a lot more accountable than that. That was embarrassing. We’ll give them another shot tomorrow.”
OFFICIALS TO RETURN SOON:
Tampa Bay had officials monitoring practices during the first few days of training camp, but they’ve been missing from the practice fields over the past two days. Not to worry, though. Bucs head coach Jon Gruden said the officials are getting a little break before they return to work.
“We yelled at them so damn much that they had to get the hell out of here for a day or two,” Gruden said of the officials. “Honestly, these guys are doing a great job. They had some issues they had to take care of. They have lives, too. They’ll be back in a day or two. They’re doing a great job of making everything much more game-like.”
BUCS RELEASE T FISCHER:
The Bucs made one roster move Tuesday, releasing tackle Kevin Fischer from their training camp roster. Fischer, who had just come off of the physically unable to perform list on Monday, originally signed with the Bucs on May 2.
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