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Trevor Sikkema

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 protected]

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    SaskBucs

    Great early coverage here fellas! Thanks. May good health and fortune have the Bucs excited and smiling all season long!

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      Trevor Sikkema

      We’ll keep writin’ ’em if you keep readin’ ’em

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    pinkstob

    I think you did a great job summarizing today’s practice TS! I just got back to south Florida from watching yesterday’s and today’s practice. Shout out to Scubog, his buddy who also reads PR (I didn’t catch his screen name since he said he doesn’t post and I don’t feel comfortable sharing his real name without his permission) and Luke Easterling and his family who I met in the stands. Everyone was friendly and awesome to talk to so I hope to see you all next year!

    Every year I give a summary of what I saw during training camp but I don’t have much to add this year since I think PR’s summaries have been pretty spot on and I couldn’t stay long enough this year to see the practices in pads which is where you learn the most. Here are the few things I have to add or concur that I didn’t need the pads to ascertain.

    1. Fitzpatrick sucks. He’s proven over his career to be inaccurate and a fluky decision maker and what I saw nothing has changed. It was so bad I’ll be livid if he even makes the team as a third stringer. Griffin looks better and I’ll be watching to see if it carries over to the preseason. I hope Griffin gets 2nd team snaps in the preseason. He’s earned them, if only by default by Fitzpatrick’s ineptitude over career.

    2. C. Godwin really impressed me and O.J. Howard disappointed me. I’ve been coming to Bucs camp since 2008 and I don’t ever remember being so impressed with a rookie WR in camp. I know that includes Mike Williams and Mike Evans, but I just say what I see. He has impressive size and physique, runs good routes, lays out for passes and has great concentration by catching tipped/juggled footballs and wet footballs. Godwin is another guy that I want to see more of when the pads come on. O.J. Howard disappointed me due to dropped passes, double-clutching a football when it was just a warm-up and not separating from J.J. Wilcox when he is not known for his cover skills. I was looking for Howard to show everyone that Alabama was foolish for not utilizing him more in the passing game. So far, Godwin is playing like the 1st round pick and Howard is playing like the 3rd round pick.

    3. I thought Conte played well given his opportunities (see TS’s summary above). However, Tandy hasn’t played well and I’m a big fan of his. He just seemed to be showing up late on every play. The best example can be gained from what TS wrote. Conte was in deep middle coverage and came over and broke up the play on the sidelines on Evans (Grimes never got his hands on the play but was in close coverage). Tandy was in deep middle coverage on the play D. Jackson was wide open on the sideline. Even though the pass was underthrown Tandy was still nowhere close to Jackson when he caught the ball and Tandy even positioned himself poorly to make the tackle afterwards. If a receiver catches the ball along the sideline with a deep middle safety that safety better be right there to within a step to make the tackle at a minimum. A good safety will recognize, react and break up the play like Conte did.

    4. All the drafted rookies look just like they should for their positions from a physical standpoint.

    5. The last thing is the only thing I disagree with TS on above. I got the impression he likes how the CB’s are playing but I didn’t like what I saw. I thought they were out of position or simply burnt more than they should have been. Also, a lot of the deflected passes mentioned above should have been INT’s. I don’t know if it’s the way they’re coached or just limitations of the CB’s themselves, but they get their hands on way too many footballs that end up in the receivers hands anyway or on the ground when they should be routine INT’s. Again, I know the pads weren’t on and there was little or no pass rush in most instances, but my observations are relative to other training camps in similar 7-on7 or no pad situations I’ve seen going back to 2008.

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      scubog

      Always look forward to sitting and watching practice with Pinkstob and his beautiful family this time of year. Great insight as usual my friend. I did press him for his final take on Jameis Winston since he wanted three years of observation before making his ruling on the Mariota vs Winston debate. The big moment will be “after” this season. I couldn’t even get a hint of a “lean” as Pink is holding fast to his three year rule.

      It’s fun to evaluate the new players at Training Camp.

      We did see Mark Cook strolling past the stands. Our impromptu evaluation of Mark is that he appeared to have lost some weight this off season. But in spite of the reduced midriff, still moved in a lumbering gait. He keeps his eyes looking forward in a manner similar to a kid trying not to be noticed and called out by the teacher. His wardrobe was also a bit mundane. If not for his red hair he might well have blended into the background. Maybe he was simply avoiding being seen by Hey Jude. I expected a man of his stature to be followed by a posse of scantily clad women and other assorted hangers-on, but none were seen in his wake. And finally,his determined and Clydesdale like stride reflected his inner confidence as if to say, “I’m Mark Cook and I know stuff.”

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        Horse

        Scu, loved it about Mark.

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    Horse

    Pinkstop; thank you for the input. It’s just too hot out there for me to attend.

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    drdneast

    Sapp would have never gone into the sands and if he had, he probably would have spit on some people.
    Still….

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      scubog

      Funny! He must have learned his technique from Hardy Nickerson.

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    Alldaway 2.0

    Wilcox is very athletic so it doesn’t surprise me if he can keep up with Howard. Between Conte and Wilcox it is a toss up as to who has the best wheels on the back end. Tandy, Robinson, and J. Evans are not to shabby either.

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