The Bucs and Browns got their joint practices underway on Tuesday – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
PewterReport.com will offer a daily recap encompassing all that took place during the course of each 2016 training camp practice. Each day PewterReport.com will detail conditions, injuries, transactions, news and notes while also having a ‘Quote of the Day’ from a player and head coach Dirk Koetter. Of course, we will also post multiple full-length articles and daily blogs to go along with the ‘News to Know’ feature. Come back throughout the day for the best Bucs training camp coverage.
You knew a visiting media contingency was in town, as when you walked into the lobby of the media workroom at One Buc the smell of sunblock hit you like a ton of bricks. And it was a smart call by the visiting Browns media, as the temperatures by the time the 9:45 a.m. practice began was already in the upper 80’s with virtually no breeze. I spoke to Chris Conte casually after practice as he sat on one of the team golf carts recovering from the extreme heat, and he said these last few days of camp have been especially tough with the heat.
There weren’t any obvious injuries suffered during Tuesday’s practice, and the Bucs did get some good news as rookie offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch was back at practice for the first time since the first of August when he suffered a lower leg injury.
The Buccaneers announced on Tuesday that the team has waived linebacker Cassanova McKinzy. McKinzy joined the team on May 2 as a college free agent out of Auburn.
PEWTERREPORT.COM PRACTICE NOTES
• The struggles of Robert Aguayo continued on Tuesday as the Bucs rookie kicker missed three kicks in practice, including one from around 30 yards.
Head coach Dirk Koetter was asked about it following Tuesday’s joint practice.
“Yeah he’s struggling – he’s struggling a little bit right now. He has to work his way through it. We’ve talked to him – he knows what he has to do, he’s working through it.”
Koetter was also asked if the Bucs might bring in some competition for Aguayo.
“That would be a question you would need to talk to [General Manager] Jason [Lichts] about but, I wouldn’t think that’s an option, but that would be a question for Jason.”
Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy stood up for his struggling teammate. Get the details in the this report from earlier on Tuesday.
• Bucs rookie CB, who had two interceptions against the Jaguars last Saturday, got some first team reps on Tuesday, playing on the outside opposite Brent Grimes. And the former Gator didn’t disappoint, nabbing two picks against the Browns.
Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
• Dirk Koetter wasn’t happy with the intensity of the Bucs on Tuesday and he let his frustration be known to the media following practice.
“No juice, no juice. No one wanted to practice today. I’m done talking about it. I’ve already said what I was going to say.”
The Bucs started last week’s joint practices in Jacksonville the same way but bounced back and had a better practice on Day 2.
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“We brought in some guys. Robert Ayers is a vet and [has] got a lot of experience, really good player. He has a lot of nastiness to him, which helps us out a lot, when we’re preparing in meetings, individual and getting ready to go against other teams. And then Noah Spence is coming along strong. Clinton McDonald is Clinton McDonald, we call him ‘The Hammer’ for a reason. So guys are developing: Will Gholston is really having a good camp, he really is. And Coach [Mike] Smith’s scheme is great man, it leaves opportunities for everybody to make plays.” – Gerald McCoy talking about the defensive line
DIRK KOETTER QUOTE
“It’s the most important because you’re playing your starters the longest. Our starters will actually come out, warm up, and play into the third quarter. It’s the most important from that standpoint, yeah.” – Koetter on the importance of the third preseason game
The Buccaneers and Browns will be back on the field on Wednesday at 9:45 and it will be the final open to the fans practice of camp.
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Our young kicker has “Directile Dysfunction” . It is an aiming disorder causing an inability to hit the targeted area on a consistent basis. Licht was overheard consoling Roberto, “It’s OK Honey” it happens to everyone.
maybe there’s a little blue pill for that
This kid has mental issues now. Never a good thing. Conner…..you out there??
I keep hearing people calling out for Conner Barth like they love him like a girlfriend wh left them.
How do you fall in love with a kicker?
Talk about the ultimate dysfunctional personality.
People know that Barth is signed with the Saints right? He may get cut eventually but right now he’s still a Saint so he’s not coming back any time soon.
Didn’t take a crystal ball to know we blew this draft pick. Just think of the safety or WR could have got…..licht was smoking something on this pick. He’s having head issues in ore season. Yea he’s going to be clutch. What a frigging joke this is going to be around the league. About as dumb as Lovie sticking with that did Brindza several games last year.
I wonder at this point if Aguayo even makes the team. Two draft picks. I am not one for saying I told you so, but spending a 2nd on a kicker is just foolhardy. This is the kind of thing that Teams like Oakland do. When you are really good, fine. But when you s ck, you just don’t waste high draft picks on positions that can be filled with free agents. We could have used a receiver, a DT, or even a OL. Now bucs are going to have to scramble after tormorrow’s game if he struggles again.
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