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.
CONDITIONS While head coach Dirk Koetter decided to move training camp practices to 8:45 a.m. start times to get out of some of the heat, it wasn’t like a December morning session on Thursday. While maybe not 2 p.m. heat, it was still blazing hot, with little to no breeze until the end. Temperatures started off in the mid 80s and were approaching 90 degrees by the time the first practice ended around 10:25 a.m., with a heat index 10 degrees higher. There didn’t appear to be any significant issues for the players however, as the training staff did a good job of keeping the water and sports drinks readily available for players any time they weren’t on the field.
Photo: Cliff Welch/PR
INJURIES There were no reported injuries during the practice, however J.R. Sweezy (back) Louis Murphy (knee) were observers on Thursday as they are still recovering from injuries.
TRANSACTIONS The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced today that the team was awarded cornerback Daniel Davie off of waivers from the Indianapolis Colts.
Davie (6-1, 190) originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Colts this past offseason. Davie, who played collegiately at Nebraska, will wear No. 32 for the Buccaneers.
The team also announced the waiving of cornerback Joel Ross.
PEWTERREPORT.COM’S BUCS PRACTICE NOTES The first day kicked off under warm conditions, but was spirited from the start. Players were engaging, but also on task. There was little wasted time during the roughly two-hour workout. Koetter has emphasized shorter practices during camp to not overly tax the players, but that will come with a quicker tempo to get more work in.
• As advertised Winston arrived looking to be in much better shape than his rookie season after spending the offseason concentrating on his diet and workout regiment. Winston appeared lighter on his feet, and even displayed somewhat better mechanics with his throwing motion and also his footwork.
As we saw last season, the former FSU star wasn’t the best practice player on the field, tossing a few errant throws and having a couple balls almost picked off, but as mentioned by PewterReport.com in the past, Winston uses practice to somewhat gauge what he can and can’t get away with. Unlike other quarterbacks on the roster, Winston is willing to take chances on some throws, attempting to thread the needle on a well covered receiver for example, instead of just checking the ball down. Although Winston did check down a little more on Thursday than we saw last camp.
We will have more on his day in the Winston report later on PewterReport.com.
• Kenny Bell had a very good day. The former Nebraska fan favorite looked really fast and didn’t have any noticeable drops on the day. Bell took a 30-yard slant from Jameis, then followed it up with a deep ball from Mike Glennon. Bell along with a handful of other receivers spent 20 minutes after practice working with WR coach Todd Monken on ball drills. Bell is embracing this new season as a redemption year and appears to be responding well, practicing very determined.
Bucs CB Vernon Hargreaves – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
• Rookie cornerback Vernon Hargreaves saw a lot of time with the No. 2’s on defense, playing the nickel cornerback position behind Jude Adjei-Barimah. Hargreaves looked solid, and appears to have picked up where he left off following the Buccaneers offseason program where he was a standout.
• Mike Evans dropped the first ball thrown to him to start practice. Winston rolled out and let a deep ball fly hitting Evans who let it slip through his hands. Evans responded however and there weren’t any other noticeable drops, although he wasn’t on the field as much later in practice. There was no explanation from Koetter.
• Cornerback Alterraun Verner, who feels like he has a lot to prove this season, almost picked Winston on the first 7-on-7 drills. Winston was late on a throw to the outside, and attempted to fit the ball in a small space. Verner read Winston and got in position to get low and break up the pass.
• Wide reciever Russell Shepard was one of the better players on the field on Thursday, getting deep at least twice on the day. One came on a deep route down the sideline where Shepard was able to beat cornerback Johnthan Banks and safety Keith Tandy for the score. Glennon dropped the pass into Shepard’s bread basket not making him break stride. Later in the practice Shepard caught another deep sideline pass from Winston.
• Cornerback Brent Grimes looked to be fitting in very nicely as you would expect from a veteran. Grimes broke up a couple passes, and he was just very aggressive on the line of scrimmage.
• Defensive tackle William Gholston lining up at DT with second team late in practice, after getting reps at right defensive end earlier in the day. Gholston is in a contract year but has yet to put it all together in three previous seasons in Tampa Bay. When asking teammates and coaches, however, they all say he still has some untapped potential.
• Tight end Cameron Brate’s hands looked very good. The former Harvard star wasn’t flashy, but was very steady. He appears to be a good route runner and always in the right spot. Austin Seferian-Jenkins had an okay day, with at least one drop on a quick slant that hit him right in the hands.
• Defensive end Noah Spence had a nice first day, getting inside to pressure QBs off left edge at times. Of course the defense has somewhat of an advantage until the pads go on. Head coach Dirk Koetter said that will take place on Sunday.
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“I talked to him after the season just to get his insight on how I was as a leader. Gerald is a great leader to this team. He’s not the only leader that we got I just know he was a little bit more in him. You should have seen him out here working with Noah Spence and Kourtnei Brown the things he put into these players. Even me, he put so much into me I just asked man now keep doing it, bring it up a notch step it up just like I have to do we all have to. Continue to step up, continue to be who you are. He’s a five-time Pro Bowl player defensive tackle he’s a great voice everyone will listen to him.” – Jameis Winston on his conversation with Gerald McCoy this offseason
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KOETTER QUOTE OF THE DAY “I go over there because I like to watch some of the drills, but then I see Smitty DC Mike Smith) out there and I go, Why am I out here? That’s Smitty’s job. You have to let your coaches coach and we have a great coaching staff.” – Koetter on being involved in the defense
The Buccaneers will practice tomorrow at 8:45 a.m. and it will be closed to the general public. The first open practice will be on Saturday.
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