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.
Once again, temperatures were blazing with practice time temps approaching 90 degrees before the 10:45 end time. Little cloud cover, and virtually no breeze made for an uncomfortable day for the players and fans in attendance.
There were no obvious injuries on Monday, but offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch was see in a boot and on crutches after suffering a leg injury on Sunday.
Head coach Dirk Koetter briefly talked abut Benenoch following practice on Monday.
“He had an MRI, you saw him, he’s got a boot on, he’s on crutches. MRI’d it, waiting for the results.”
The Buccaneers did not announce any transactions prior to the start of practice on Monday.
PEWTERREPORT.COM’S BUCS PRACTICE NOTES
• While it has only been five practice, with just two in pads, the drain of the heat and mental taxing of the players was obvious as practice began, especially on the offensive side of the ball, where QB Jameis Winston admitted the team did come out well. Things picked up for the offense as practice progressed but you can bet the players – and coaches – are looking forward to a day off from practice on Tuesday. The energy level was somewhat down compared to other practices, and the crowds were about half of what we saw the first four days of camp.
• Alterraun Verner continued to impress on Monday, playing excellent press converge against Vincent Jackson in the 7-on-7 period. Verner was very physical at the line of scrimmage, throwing the timing of Jackson’s routes off at times. At one point Verner was able to get his hand on a ball for a pass breakup. Later in practice Verner stepped into the running lane, swatting the ball out of Charles Sims hands, and then recovered his forced fumble that he returned for a simulated score.
• The Buccaneers had two periods of 1-on-1’s today, much to the delight of the crowd who was over in the VIP section close to where the drills took place. Demar Dotson who struggled a little on Sunday, was dominant on Monday. Dotson stoned defensive end George Johnson on one play it drew cheers from players and fans.
•Defensive tackle Akeem Spence also had a great day on Monday in the drills. Spence is incredibly strong, possibly the strongest player on the team. Spence just collapsed any offensive linemen he face on Monday. If he and Clinton McDonald can stay healthy, this interior defensive line could be one of the better ones in the NFC South. Add in William Gholston who can also slide inside, and opposing offensive coordinators will have nightmares trying to budge the inside of the Bucs defensive line.
• One offensive lineman who hasn’t been talked about too much, but had a very good day on Monday, was center Ben Gottschalk. The former SMU standout has a very good base, a nice wingspan, and absorbs blocks very well. On Monday he didn’t lose many, if any, reps. While it could be an uphill battle to make the roster, Gottschalk seems to have shown he can play in the NFL in some capacity if he continues to develop.
•Dirk Koetter announced following practice that wide receiver Adam Humphries will be the team’s No. 3 receiver.
“You know, let’s just end the big mystery about this No. 3 wide receiver. Adam Humphries is going to be No. 3 wide receiver. I mean you talk about the definition of a consistent player, there’s Adam Humphries picture right there. He’s a consistently strong player. So Adam’s going to be our slot receiver and then the battle for four, five, six and beyond, there’s some really good competition there and Kenny is one of the guys in the mix.”
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“One person I met was Sean Lee at the Pro Bowl. I was like, Sean how can I get Kwon to be like you from the studying point, because Kwon is always asking How do you study. And I say Man I’m not a middle linebacker, you have to ask Luke Kuechly or one of the main guys. So I talked to Sean Lee and got some information for him, and ever since then he’s been willing to be the quarterback for the defense and he’s been doing a great job.” – QB Jameis Winston on linebacker Kwon Alexander
KOETTER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Kenny (Bell) had a little bit better day today. You know, let’s just end the big mystery about this No. 3 wide receiver. Adam Humphries is going to be No. 3 wide receiver. I mean you talk about the definition of a consistent player, there’s Adam Humphries picture right there. He’s a consistently strong player. So Adam’s going to be our slot receiver and then the battle for four, five, six and beyond, there’s some really good competition there and Kenny is one of the guys in the mix.” – Koetter on Kenny Bell’s performance and naming Adam Humphries as the No. 3 receiver
The Buccaneers will be off on Tuesday for the first time, before getting back on the practice field on Wednesday morning at 8:45 for an open to the public practice.