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.
The rain that shortened practice on Thursday held off on Friday and the Bucs were about to get their two-hour practice in without any issues. The temperatures were in the mid-80’s early in the day but a nice breeze kept things as comfortable as could be expected for August in Florida.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that the team has placed defensive end George Johnson on Injured Reserve.
To replace Johnson in the active roster, Tampa Bay signed defensive end Martin Ifedi.
PEWTERREPORT.COM BUCS PRACTICE NOTES
• The Buccaneers spent a good portion of practice working inside the red zone and as to be expected, there was some good and some bad. Regardless, the work was needed, as the Buccaneers struggled at times to get the ball in the end zone, and Jameis Winston’s red zone completion percentage was towards the bottom of the league. On Friday, a number of receivers showed up, including Jonathan Krause, Evan Spencer and even Russell Shepard who has quietly had a very good camp.
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• Kevin Pamphile was absent from practice on Friday, and with J.R. Sweezy out, Evan Smith shifted to guard opposite Ali Marpet with the first team.
• After leading the Bucs in interceptions through the offseason workouts, rookie Vernon Hargreaves has yet to record one so far through training camp. The rookie from Florida had a chance to change that late on Friday, but let a ball hit him the hands and it feel harmlessly to the turf. Despite the lack of interceptions, Hargreaves has shown plenty of flashes why he was the overall No. 11 pick the this year’s NFL Draft.
• Despite being currently second on the “we don’t really have one” depth chart, Austin Seferian-Jenkins had arguably the best catch of the day on a red zone completion from Winston. Bradley McDougald had good coverage, but Seferian-Jenkins ran an excellent route, and used his basketball playing experience and large frame to box out the smaller McDougald. Seferian-Jenkins has all the talent in the world, and can do whatever he wants, but his success will depend on staying healthy and how good he chooses to be.
• An afterthought by many at one point, Krause has come on strong in the last few practices and fans, coaches and teammates have taken notice. The ever-steady and sure-handed Adam Humphries continues to shine as well. The small-in-stature. but big -in-heart receiver just doesn’t drop the ball. Well he did have one drop in the rain on Thursday, but for the part, the former Clemson role player is carving out a nice niche here in Tampa as a clutch, dependable and reliable target for Winston.
• The Bucs defense continues to look night and day over the last two seasons. An aggressive style – that the players are raving about – has many excited about the possibilities in 2016. The pass rush has been solid, the linebacking outstanding, and the secondary is hardly recognizable. While fans are looking forward to seeing an exciting offense to build off of last year’s franchise record-setting effort, the Bucs Mike Smith-led defense could be the biggest key in the Bucs success this year.
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“He’s doing good. I went against him in college. He’s more so learning and knowing how to rush people now and having a plan coming off the ball, so that’s great. We try to make each other better [and] help each other out – some wins, some losses and we just go from there, help each other out.” – Donovan Smith on rookie Noah Spence
DIRK KOETTER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Solid every day. Every day the kid flashes. For a rookie, he hasn’t hit any slump days so to speak where he’s had an off day. Every day he flashes, he’s got a nice motor, he pushes himself hard. I think [defensive end] Robert Ayers and [defensive tackle] Gerald [McCoy] are setting a great pace for all of our D-linemen. Those two, as hard as they’re pressing – just in that last red zone period, Ayers made two or three plays. In the run period, Gerald’s so disruptive in our run periods we can hardly get a run play off. So they’re setting a great example for all our D-linemen.” – Koetter on the play of Noah Spence
The Buccaneers will be practicing again on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. and will be 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]
There is no doubt now we will have an attacking defense that for the first time in a long time is well Coached. Despite that level of increased difficulty, Jameis is much better in the red zone this year and overall too. We should be the surprise team of the NFL this year and get long awaited respect finally!!!
Great article! Great to see Shepard, Krause, and Spenser doing so well in the Red Zone Receptions.
Come on ASJ keep coming up BIG like Friday and make this team. We need you to team with Brate in a two TE Offense like the Patriots will lean on this year!!!
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