Gerald McCoy had a dominating practice against the Jags – Photo: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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.
Tampa is a hot city in August, but on Wednesday in Jacksonville, it may have been the warmest of all the practices since the start of camp three weeks ago. Practice started at 10 a.m., considerably later than Dirk Koetter’s practices do (typically 8:45) and it was evident from the start of practice that it would be rough on the players, coaches and fans. By the time the final horn sounded a little after noon, temperatures were in the low 90’s with little breeze or cloud cover.
The Jaguars practice facility is connected to their stadium and is a just a short walk from EverBank field. The bleacher stands set up have no cover for the fans or media, so there is no escaping from the Florida summer heat. There was a covered cool down area for the players with benches and fans blowing, and the Bucs players were ecstatic when the horn sounded to end a period and then were instructed to head to the cool down area for a five minutes breather.
The Buccaneers made no roster moves prior to the start of Wednesday’s practice.
The usual cast of walking wounded watched practice from the sidelines, including Louis Murphy, J.R. Sweezy and Caleb Benenoch. The Bucs did get some good news, as tight end Brandon Myers, who suffered a knee injury last week against the Eagles, was back on the practice field for Tampa Bay.
PEWTERREPORT.COM’S BUCS PRACTICE NOTES
• The Buccaneers and Jaguars got together for a joint practice at Jacksonville’s football facility at EverBank Stadium on Wednesday, and practice began just as all of the Bucs training camp practices have, with team stretch and then an individual period. The Jaguars practice facility has three fields and the two teams warmed up on different fields, before coming together for a special teams period, focused on punting.
The Jaguars punt team was up first, and it was a full 11-on-11 period with coaches focused on formation sets and blocking schemes. The special teams coaches were also spending a good part of the period working with the gunners, and the defenders. The play got physical right away on the outside, with jerseys being ripped and players hitting the turf. There were NFL officials at the practices and a number of flags were thrown on both sides, mainly for holding on the outside.
Adam Humphries was the first Bucs player to field punts, but very uncharacteristic of Humphries, there was a drop on his third attempt. Bernard Reedy was next up, followed by Jonathan Krause who rounded out the punt returners for the Bucs.
The two teams then swapped ends, and it was the Bucs turn to punt. Normal long snapper Andrew DePaola gave way to back up Adarius Glanton who, as of now, is the emergency long snapper for the Bucs. Glanton struggled initially with his snaps, including one that was so high, by the time Jacob Shum was able to corral it on, the Jaguars punt block team was all over him. Glanton settled down after a few more off-the-mark snaps. Of the two Bucs punters, Schum had a much better day than did Bryan Anger who most likely wanted to perform well against his former team. Anger’s punts were mostly to the right, and while they weren’t outright shanks, there were several that were mist hit. It was certainly not Anger’s best day.
• The Bucs offense was on the far field working on passing drills coming out of and going into the end zone early in the practice. Quarterback Jameis Winston was steady, but not spectacular, but overall was solid throwing to his receivers. Over the course of the morning workouts the Bucs offense working on 9-on-7, and 1-on-1’s, sometimes with Jacksonville defenders and sometimes with no defense.
• A player who really stood out for the Jaguars was first round draft pick Jalen Ramey who the Jags had lined up in a number of spots, but mainly playing nickel corner. Ramsey had at least two pass breakups of his former teammates Jameis Winston. Ramsey was confident and roaming all over the field, and most likely had a little extra juice when defending passes thrown by Winston.
• Kenny Bell had a great catch on Wednesday and is bouncing back nicely from his subpar showing last week in Philadelphia. The reception on Wednesday was a deep ball from Winston that Bell was able to go up and get from the Jaguars defenders. While those in the crowd and on the sidelines were excited by the catch, head coach Dirk Koetter put the breaks on it meaning a very much.
“Yeah, that play would have been a sack,” Koetter said after practice. “I couldn’t really see the catch but that play was doomed because they would have sacked us on that play, so I kind of quit watching after that. In real football, that wouldn’t have even been a play.”
1-on-1 drills on Wednesday – Photo by: Mark Cook/PR
• One of the most exciting parts of training camp practices are the 1-on-1’s between the offensive and defensive lines. Wednesday was no different, but this time the intensity was ramped up as they Bucs were going against an opponent, instead of their own teammates.
Defensively, Gerald McCoy and Robert Ayers had a couple dominating performances against Jaguar offensive linemen. On the other side of the ball, Demar Dotson, fresh off a nice payday, was equally dominant against the Jags defensive ends he faced. Dotson swallowed his opponent, and basically manhandled whoever Jacksonville threw at him.
Ali Marpet and Donovan Smith also has great reps on Wednesday. Gosder Cherilus was solid, as was Joe Hawley and Evan Smith. Kevin Pamphile was beaten a couple times with quick inside counter moves and some of the backup linemen also struggled at times against the Jaguars’ linemen. All in all, the Bucs probably won the battles in the 1-on-1’s but in team against team drills, the Jaguars’ front seven seemed to get the better of the Bucs line.
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I don’t really see it that way. I see Gerald McCoy setting the bar. The dude is a hell of a player. And he is setting the bar so high as a competitor we want to be where he is. Whether it is Clinton McDonald or whoever. So I don’t really look at it like that. I just see the standard is high here. The fans, the community, they are hungry for some wins. And that is all I am trying to bring, and be a part of a great winning organization. So that is how I look at it. If those guys think that, then I appreciate it. But I see guys the same way they see me.” – Bucs DE Robert Ayers on if he sees himself as a tone setter for the defense
DIRK KOETER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“You know, one of our coaches said to me on offense about halfway through practice today, one of our coaches said, ‘The good players are playing good and the bad players are playing bad.’ And that’s really how the question is. I just didn’t think we had a great day offensively so I’d have a hard time picking anybody out on that.” – Koetter on if any players are flying under the radar
The Bucs and Jaguars will practice again on Thursday at 10 a.m. is preparation for their preseason matchup on Saturday
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
Our WR depth is shocking. Here’s hoping Louis Murphy can come back and be a significant contributor as he was 2 seasons ago. Barring that we are counting on Dye, Humphries and Shepard. Not great depth and with ASJ being the other receiving option it is clear that we need to draft receivers next year early and often hopefully. Really wish we had looked at Boldin. He is a reliable perfect 3rd receiving option. Oh well. Go Louis Murphy.
“The good players are playing good and the bad players are playing bad”. Looks like the first round of cuts are going to be easy for the staff. Also, if the O-line are winning the one-on-ones, then why are they not performing well as a unit. While everyone raved about the O-line last year, I think it was Koetter who said they were average. I saw too much pressure on Winston last week and it sounds like the same was taking place in Jax. Maybe we were premature in letting Warhop off the hook?
Kind of thinking the same JayBuc. We should know more after the next 2 preseason games. Sure hoping it comes together though.
i may just have to go to yhe game on Sat. I live about 1+1/2 west of Jax by the Suwannee River.
–Go Bucs !!!
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