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.
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• 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.
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Here are some more observations from when I watched practice Sat, Sun and Monday:
– It was different watching the offense practice in red and the defense in white and it kept confusing me the 1st half hour of the 1st practice. I haven’t missed a training camp since 2007 and the defense has always been in red. A changing of the guard perhaps in terms of which side of the ball is expected to be the fan favorite, hence wearing the “home” colors? We’ll see…
– I’ve never seen so many screens run to RB’s and TE’s and to me it’s a welcome site. However by Day 3 I realized that every screen I remember the offense running resulted in a big play except one. I would have thought that the eventually the defense would have adjusted. Mike Smith’s defense looked good overall but have got to sniff out and stop about half of the screens run on them otherwise other offenses will catch on and we’ll get pounded with them all season. Defensively we have to know coming into the game who the other team likes to go to on screens and defend it better (in our case it’s definitely Sims…every time we split him out wide the ball came to him except once that I remember).
– D. Martin and Sims both looked as good as they did last season, however the rest of the offense looks slightly worse in my opinion. They just don’t seem to be in a rhythm like they were at this time last year.
– I really thought Brate may take the starting TE job by the horns early in training camp but he made his share of mistakes, from a fumble to dropped passes. It was kind of disappointing since ASJ doesn’t look any better to me than he did last year. Brate did look much better on Monday than he did Sat and Sun.
– I’ll list more comments in other articles, particularly what I saw out of the defensive players.
Good stuff. I don’t agree the offense looks worse, I chalk it up to the defense being head and shoulders better. More man. Quarters. Blitzes and different looks. This is actually pay off in my opinion for the offense down the road. They are being challenged unlike last year in camp.
Thanks MC. It’s a fact that the defense is now running all the stuff that you listed above. However, none of the things you listed should affect poor Center/QB exchanges, dropped passes when no defender is around, passes thrown behind, over or ahead of receivers when there is little pressure, fumbles, etc. The things that you listed that do affect the offense are things like the QB holding onto the ball longer and having to make tougher decisions, which I deliberately didn’t list as knocks on the offense because I know that’s due to better defense.
I also saw more false starts on offense than I saw at this time last year which should be scheme independent of the defense.
Small correction: I meant to say, “I’ve never seen so many screens run to RB’s and WR’s…” I saw a lot of TE screens to the inside a few years ago that worked but never seemed to get called in the regular season.
Your awesome Pink, thanks.
Keep up the comments gang. Those of us far away who can’t be there appreciate it very much!
Here here…….Scottsdale is a long way from Buc land although I do still own a home in Safety Harbor. Go Bucs.
Yes, Cedar Falls is also a long ways away. I enjoy PR’s coverage very much. I also like the fan’s perspective.
Agree. Honolulu, Hawaii is far away as well.
I used to have to wait for the old magazine to arrive. I couldn’t wait for it to get here.
Been reading this page and the comments for years, and I finally decided to create an account to engage in the dialogue. I begin Law School in three weeks, so I’m gonna need something to help me decompress from the rigors of being a 1L *Sighs*
With that being said, while all the hype has been about the improvement the defense has shown thus far (Defense wins championships, right?) I truly believe that the offense, in particular having a balanced attack, is what will push us into a new era of respectability and constant contention. I’m glad that Hump got the nod in the slot. He may not have stood out in a physical aspect, but his hard work and consistency is paying off. Hope some of this will rub off on Kenny Bell. We need him to step in for VJax when he hangs it up. That being said, I’ll take work ethic and great hands over speed, jumping ability, and an occasional acrobatic catch any day. Same thing goes for Cam Brate and ASJ. I see Brate getting the nod, based off of dependability alone. Heard he’s been a little slow to start camp, but I have no doubt he’ll hold off ASJ. Also, good to see Sims being used all over the field. If he can get stronger between the tackles, we’ll have the top 1-2 backfield in the league. Lastly, I haven’t heard Donovan Smith’s name mentioned too much. Classic example of the glass either being half full or half empty. Hopefully, the lack of mention means that his performance has been steady, and not a sign of mediocrity.
That’s all for now. Looking forward to breaking bread, and exchanging Football acumen with everyone.
I don’t want to be the defender of ASJ here. I just have opinions based on observation and just a bit of experience. Other than injury, in my view there is no way that Brate is going to become the starting TE lined up with “Stocker the Blocker” with ASJ on the bench. Folks need to take off their biased glasses and cast aside their wishful thinking. Brate has a nice story. I too want to root for the underdog. My measure of greatness is when the opponent has to game plan for a player. Now ask yourselves, which player has the best chance to keep DC’s awake at night? A 260 pound, 6′-5″ monster who can block, run and catch, drafted in round 2 or a rather light (in more ways than one) Ivy League undrafted big WR? Unless ASJ gets hurt or does something foolish, he will be a big part of the game plan…….for both teams.
Couldn’t agree more that I’m over this ASJ or Brate thing some fans have created. We are a much better team bc of Brates development but that doesn’t now mean ASJ is expendable. At the end of the day ASJ is a 23 year old kid that has made his share of blunders on the field but who didnt at that age. His rookie season he pretty much had no OC then last year he got hurt but was very productive when healthy. We have been patient with far less talented and productive players so Im still willing to bet that he figures it out sooner than later. Sidenote I agree that the offense will be much better bc of the many looks we are getting in practice. I definitely noticed that Jameis was more comfortable when teams sat in zone coverage like the soft kind Lovie implemented in practice as opposed to the more attacking defenses like the Titans. Teams would get leads, play more zone and then I would notice Jameis settle down a bit and get in a better rhythm. So spicing it up in practice hopefully means the struggles occur during the summer and not on gamedays. Keep up the good work and as always Go Bucs.
Players today are such big babies. Working and toiling out in the hot sun for five straight days and now they are whining about getting a day off.
“The beatings will continue until morale improves.”
Good to see Alexander transforming into a pros pro.
Whoever strts at TE will be the better addition to the lineup, I don’t care who it is.
As far as youthful blunders, I continued to make mine into my 40s so it’s hard for me to criticize a 22 yo for getting emotional (Evans) or showing off at a meaningless point in a game (ASJ).
Besides, how many times have I read from fans about her about the players not having enough passion or emotion during a game.
You can’t have it both ways.
ASJ can be as good as he wants to be. He has Pro Bowl talent. But the only holding him back is himself. Watch out for Vitale getting some of the TE catches. Jason is very high on him, plus he is a fine young man who loves football. IF this team stays relatively healthy, they will make some noise this year. Like serious noise.
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