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.
There were no rain showers or even much cloud cover on Sunday and the players – and fans in attendance – felt the brunt of the late July heat. Temperatures started in the mid-80’s and were approaching 90 degrees by the end with a heat index of close to 100 degrees. There didn’t seem to be any heat-related issues on Sunday, but players were happy to get off the field and back in the air-conditioned sanctuary of One Buc.
There were no reported injuries during the practice, however J.R. Sweezy (back) Louis Murphy (knee) were observers again on Sunday as they are still recovering from injuries.
The Buccaneers made no roster moves prior to practice starting on Sunday.
PEWTERREPORT.COM’S BUCS PRACTICE NOTES
• Ronde Barber has attended all four of the Bucs practices so far this camp. Barber, who is an analyst for FOX Sports, could be calling some of the Bucs games in 2016. Known for his meticulous note taking and study habits a sa player, it is no surprise that Barber has been a daily visitor to training camp. Earlier last week NFL Network’s Charley Casserly was in town, as was ESPN’s Josina Anderson. Sirius XM NFL Radio’s Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller are slated to visit in August, and no doubt there will be other national media members who travel to Tampa prior to the Bucs opening the season in Atlanta on September 11.
Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
• Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston had one his best days do far, particularly in 7-on-7’s, where he went 9-f-9 with some nice deep seam throws, while also being smart with some check downs. Winston, who utilized the tight end often and effectively in college, seems to be building a nice rapport with his pro tight ends, especially Cameron Brate. Winston also had an excellent throw to wide receiver Adam Humphries who made a nice catch slipping behind the linebackers and in front of the safeties.
Occasionally you see Winston attempt a pass that makes you shake your head wondering what he was seeing, but then he comes back with a throw, like the one to Humphries, that make you see exactly how special of a football player he actually is. Bucs fans should be very excited for the future.
• With the team in pads for the first time, the Bucs began their 1-on-1 battles that seems to get the fans and players juiced. Off on the middle field the offensive line and defensive line worked, and at the same time the linebackers and running backs worked on the main practice field close to the stands. For a full recap of the 1-on-1’s, check out Scott Reynolds take.
• The Buccaneers spent part of practice working on special teams, but the punting was subpar. The team appeared to be concentrating on personnel more than the actual punting part, and without knowing, the punters might have been instructed to do more directional punting. At least that would be the hope of most fans who watched the period and wondered why so many punts were short, or out of bounds. Regardless, the Bucs had Adam Humphries on both punt and kickoff return, along with Bernard Reedy and newcomer Jonathan Krause. Reedy was the only returner to flub a ball, although Humphries did misjudge a punt and ended up going down as he made the catch. Also it was observed that Vernon Hargreaves was on the special teams coverage unit. Hargreaves played special teams at Florida but it is somewhat unusual to have the overall No. 11 pick in the draft covering kicks.
• The Buccaneers defense look to be much improved over last season, and much of that can be attributed to better coaching and the scheme that Mike Smith has brought to Tampa Bay. The defense has brought multiple looks, giving the offense fits at times. And while that may seem like the offense is performing well, there are still plays to be made. But it also helps prepare the Bucs offense for things they will see once the season begins.
The linebacking corps has really stood out in the first four days, led by Lavonte David who is flying all over the field. The Bucs top tackler had a great hit on Reedy during 7-on-7’s in practice, dislodging the ball, and always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Newcomer Daryl Smith has also made an impact, as noted by some of the players and coaching staff.
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It’s critical and that’s how we’re coached. They’re hard on us, but they want the best for us, they know what it takes to win. [Secondary] Coach [Jon] Hoke, he always stays hard on us on our technique and we have to find a way to perfect it.” – Vernon Hargreaves on NFL coaching
KOETTER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Real critical. Like three through eight right now in that receiver group is pretty close. You take a guy like Kenny Bell – two days ago looked like the MVP two days ago, then he disappeared yesterday. And ‘DD’ (Donteea Dye) looked like he didn’t belong out here two days ago, and it was better yesterday. Russell Shepard has had his moments. Evan Spencer has had his moments. All those guys have a chance. You even look [at] Bernard Reedy and Freddie Martino, those are two guys that stuck with us a long time in Atlanta, two veteran players and they know what they’re doing. I like this Jonathan Krause kid, [he] has flashed a little bit. So no doors are closed right now for those receivers. I like our talent there, I like all those young guys and that’s what this preseason will be for.” – Koetter on developing a third receiver behind Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson
The Buccaneers will be back on the practice field on Monday morning at 8:45 for an open to the public practice.
– Brenan Estes and Douglas Cook contributed to this report
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@example.com
i thought 1 of the O-Lineman got carted off, the kid from UCLA, is he ok?
He did get banged up, I didnt see it happen. But we will know more tomorrow.
OG/OT Caleb Benenoch was hurt during one of the early drills and limped off with the help of a trainer. I never saw him taken to the locker room or “carted off”, but I may have been looking elsewhere.
Got to watch practice Saturday (until the lightning) and Sunday with Pinkstob and his wife. Great couple. I tried to get him to acknowledge Jameis Winston was the right choice, but he’s holding out on his three year evaluation period before commenting.
For those not in attendance who have disdain for ASJ and think Cameron Brate is going to unseat him. ASJ looked like an absolute beast catching the ball with his 260 pounds on a 6′-6″ frame while Brate dropped two in a row. Just saying. During Saturday’s practice, ASJ lost a shoe and gave it to a fan, took off the other and gave it to another fan. After Sunday’s practice ASJ came and sat in the stands taking pictures (no Captain Morgan pose) and talking to the fans. Maybe he’s trying to improve his image.
General observation is that the defense looks very quick and aggressive. They put a lot of pressure on the passer with a variety of blitzes and actually covered receivers on the back end.
Saw Scott Reynolds walk by a couple times. That dude is as clean-cut as a drill instructor. Had this little raged pocket notebook on which he was jotting down his observations. Maybe the Pewter Report marketing staff could get Best Buy to sponsor “Best Buy’s Best Bets” at Draft time and give him a free I-Pad.
Maybe ASJ is growing up.
I wish I was in town so I could see them practice. Would love to meet up with some of the PR fans and staff. Great job PR folks with the practice info. Gets me fired up from a distance. Go Buc’s.
I know how you feel jme151.
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