There were mainly just tight windows on Tuesday for QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/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.
After a soggy Monday that forced the Bucs to bus over to Tropicana Field for practice on Monday, Tampa Bay moved their practice time up by 30 minutes to avoid more potential weather issues. The rain held off for the most part, with just occasional sprinkles. The best part was the cloud cover that kept temperatures in the 80’s throughout practice.
There were no major injuries reported on Tuesday. Caleb Benenoch (leg), Charles Sims (ankle) and Louis Murphy (knee) were all observers on Tuesday. While Sims sat our practice on Tuesday, the injury looks minor, as PewterReport.com observed Sims walking off the field following practice without any obvious problems or even tape on the ankle. J.R. Sweezy (back) was in California visiting a doctor according to head coach Dirk Koetter following Tuesday’s practice.
To fill the roster spot opened with defensive lineman George Johnson being put on injured reserve, the Buccaneers announced on Monday that the team has signed offensive lineman Kelvin Palmer.
Palmer (6-4, 290) originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Arizona Cardinals in 2014. He spent the 2014 offseason and preseason with Arizona and spent most of the 2014 season on the Cardinals’ practice squad. The Baylor product was waived by Arizona during the 2015 offseason and spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs before joining the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2015 season, although he did not see any playing time during the season. He was waived by Pittsburgh this past offseason. The Dallas, Texas native will wear No. 70 for the Buccaneers.
PEWTERREPORT.COM’S BUCS PRACTICE NOTES
• CB Josh Robinson had 2 interceptions on the day and should have had three on day but he dropped one in red zone drills. Robinson stepped in front of a Mike Glennon, first then was on the receiving end of a gift from Ryan Griffin. Robinson is fighting to be the backup to Alterraun Verner on the right side. Even though he had a great day its still Verner’s job but this is a good sign, as it means the Buccaneers appear to have some solid depth in the secondary.
Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR
• Thursday night’s battle between Eagles and Buccaneers can not come soon enough for most of these players. After a running play by Doug Martin early in practice it got a little chippy in the trenches. Akeem Spence and Evan Smith had a little scuffle which was separated, but Spence was able to find another hole in the huddle to throw a little punch at Smith. The punch appeared to miss and it was broke up again. Expect next week’s practices against the Jaguars to also get tense at times.
• Kenny Bell received the first two kickoff returns today during special teams with Donteea Dye also getting a crack at returning some kicks following Bell. With the Bucs first preseason game just two days away, it looks like Bell and Dye will get the first shot as kick returners, with Adam Humphries most likely getting first crack at the punt return job.
• Jameis looked uncomfortable in 11-on-11 a times which shouldn’t be alarming. The Bucs defensive line has just been really good. Throwing lanes have been clogged, hands are in the air, inside pressure is collapsing the pocket and edge rushers are winning their 1-on-1’s against the tackles frequently. RobertAyers has helped bring an attitude and edge to a defense that was sorely missing that characteristic over the last few years. How it translates to game day this season will be fun to watch, but if it does carry over, this football team could cause some noise in the NFC South.
• Noah Spence looked very good at right defensive on Tuesday and it is easy to see why general manager Jason Licht and the coaching staff are excited to have the former Ohio State Buckeye on the roster. Spence beat the left tackle badly in a late practice 11-on-11 period, and would have obliterated Winston if they were on different teams.
• Chris Conte had an interception today at practice in the red zone, his third interception over the last few practices. Conte, who has take some abuse from a segment of Bucs fans, appears to fit very nice in Mike Smith’s new Bucs defense. Conte is able to play more instinctively, allowing his natural athleticism to help him make plays on the football.
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“[Dirk Koetter] is a detail-oriented guy. If you want to be a great player, if I want to be the great player that I’m capable of being, I can be a really special player, I’ve got to be detail-oriented. And Coach Koetter is not going to let me be below that. He wants me to be a great player and he’s won’t settle for being average, he won’t settle me for being good, and he won’t really settle me for being great. I want to be special and he wants me to be special and I’m working towards that and I respect him to the fullest. I really thank God every single day that he kicked me out of practice, it was really a wake-up call and like I said, I’ve been enjoying every single moment I’ve had. Like I said, I’ve loved it, I love Coach Koetter, I love all our coaches, I love my teammates, I love the competition that we’ve got in the tight end room, I love the competition that the D-ends are bringing. It’s just been great all the way around and I’m really, like I said, seizing the opportunities and I’m loving just being out here and playing football.” – TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
DIRK KOETTER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The most important thing about your preseason games, especially the first one, is you’re evaluating guys. Everybody that’s healthy is going to play. Some of these guys get buried down in the bottom of the depth chart and we quick-whistle everything, we’re trying to get guys healthy. But when Thursday night comes, it’s live football, so we’re going to have some guys show up and make plays that we may not necessarily know about. So the main thing on Thursday night is just evaluate our guys, especially guys we haven’t seen.” – Koetter on what he wants to accomplish on Thursday night against the Eagles
The Bucs will be traveling to Philadelphia on Wednesday in preparation for their first preseason game on Thursday against the Eagles
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So let me get this straight. Conte and McDougald were invisible on the field last season and when I went to the opening weekend of training camp I saw more of the same. I came on PR and called them out on it and since then Conte has had 3 picks. I don’t see the problem, do you? I only wish me and the others who wrote something about it had said something sooner.
I certainly wouldn’t call it abuse but to each his own; we’re just calling it like we see it.
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