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.
On Saturday, conditions might have been the best of camp. While warm, the skies were overcast and there was a strong breeze keep everyone cooled off for the morning session. Temperatures stayed under 90 degrees throughout Saturday’s open practice that was well attended.
There were no major injuries reported on Saturday. J.R. Sweezy (back), Caleb Benenoch (leg), and Louis Murphy (knee) were all observers on Saturday. Defensive end George Johnson (hip) was injured earlier this week and was placed on injured reserve.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team has waived offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann.
PEWTERREPORT.COM’S PRACTICE NOTES
•The tight end group was out 30 minutes early again on Saturday at Buccaneers training camp and the extra work showed up again during red zone drills in particular where Cameron Brate and Austin Seferian-Jenkins has very good days. Brate has been shining all of camp which prompted coach Dirk Koetter to promote him to No. 1 on the depth chart. Seferian-Jenkins had a standout day today with two red zone touchdowns on Saturday. Perhaps getting the bump to No. 2 on the depth chart is the motivation Seferian-Jenkins needs to bring his level of up play up to what the coaching staff and front office has been expecting.
• As it has been most all of camp, the first play of 11-on-11 drills was a screen pass to Charles Sims. Shockingly he dropped it, which might have been his first drop of camp. The third-year player from West Virginia has excellent hands as a RB, and looks to be a big part of this year’s offense. Besides his obvious ability to make things happen as a receiver, Sims has looked more confident as a runner as well. The NFL’s best 1-2 punch last season, looks poised to repeat as both Sims and Martin have had excellent camps thus far.
• Safety Chris Conte had a huge day for the defense. He dropped what would have been his third interception on a late pass Jameis Winston, but was able to get two on the day. One was a bad throw by Winston and the other a batted up ball which he came down with in the back of the end zone. He spoke to the media following practice and talked about the news Mike Smith defense.
“It’s a lot of fun as a football player you don’t want to be doing the same thing all the time. It’s nice to be able to blitz a little and then play some coverage and be able to play the deep zone and do a lot of different stuff. So it.s a lot of fun for us and a lot different then what we were doing before.”
• It was alumni day at Saturday’s practice and a number of former Bucs were in attendance including James Wilder, Greg Roberts, Randy Grimes, Ian Beckles, Tony Mayberry, Horace Copeland, Michael Clayton and many more. The former players reminisced, took pictures with each other and spent some time with the fans in the VIP area.
Photo by: Mark Cook/PR
• The Buccaneers also hosted their annual Special Olympics Florida day on Saturday following practice. More than 50 athletes from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk counties watched a portion of the team’s morning practice and then took the field to enjoy football drills with Buccaneers players. Winston, Doug Martin, Clinton McDonald, Cameron Brate and a number of other Bucs players pent 30 minutes following practice interacting and running drills. It was hard to tell who enjoyed it more, the guests or the hosts.
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I’m getting a lot better since the first day for sure. My first couple of days I didn’t know what was going on with the run, it was all moving so fast. Now it’s starting to slow down a lot more for me. I’m just lining up in the right spot and things like that, being able to hold my blocks.” – DE Noah Spence on improving against the run
DIRK KOETTER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Well they were doing some crazy disguises today. They were doing a lot with their front so the quarterback’s first job, the quarterback and the center, are trying to get the protection straight, and they were giving us some walk around looks today. We saw a couple snaps of it yesterday but when you start getting unique fronts and walk around fronts those are always a challenge, and then after you get the protection set, then the clock’s winding down and you’ve got to snap it, then he’s got to see the coverage and make a good decision. It’s really good work for us – it’s not the easiest thing. Trust me, they’re not just standing in their cover-two and cover-three.” – Koetter on the Bucs defense making this more difficult for the offense
The Bucs will be back on the practice field Monday at 8:45 a.m. and it is open to the public.
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]
I heard Mike Clayton was seen giving pointers to Mike Evens:)
76Buc, the only thing remotely funny about your post was the misspelling of Evans name.
Glad you found at least some humor in it drdneast.
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