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.
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Finally a bit of a breeze and some light cloud cover gave players, coaches and fans a bit of a reprieve from the oppressive heat that has been baking those in attendance at recent Bucs training camp practices. While it still was warm, with temps near 90 degrees by the end of practice, a breeze strong enough to lift the enormous pirate fly just outside the main complex helped make things bearable.
The Buccaneers did make a couple roster transactions prior to the start of practice on Wednesday announcing that the team has signed offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann and waived quarterback Dan LeFevour.
Hauptmann (6-3, 305) originally entered the league as a college free agent with the Cleveland Browns in 2013. In his NFL career, the Los Angeles native has spent time with Browns, Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots. In 2013, Hauptmann spent 13 weeks on the Seahawks’ active roster, but was inactive for 10 games and did not play in three others.
The Florida International product has been a part of two Super Bowl championship teams, winning Super Bowl XLVII with Seattle and Super Bowl XLIX with New England.
There were no obvious injuries on Wednesday, but offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch was seen in a cast and on crutches after suffering a leg injury on Sunday. The Bucs haven’t fully disclosed the injury, nor need to, at this point in the season.
Louis Murphy (knee) and J.R. Sweezy (back) were still observers in practice, but the team is hoping to see them back sooner rather than later, although there has been no timetable given by the front office or coaching staff.
PEWTERREPORT.COM BUCS PRACTICE NOTES
• The 11-on-11 running game looked good on Wednesday with Doug Martin, Charles Sims and Mike James having big runs in the period. Certainly it can look better than it is, as the staff has most likely requested the defense to wrap and not hit very hard or take players all the way down. With that said, you can definitely see Martin looks to be as good, if not even slightly better, than where he left off last season.
Sims also appears to be running with more confidence, and his lateral cuts then quick acceleration is going to give teams headaches in 2016. James, ever dependable and steady, spoke to Pewter Report on Wednesday about his fight to stick and his running back coach Tim Spencer praised the former Miami Hurricane standout for his knowledge and dependability. You can read the full story on the running back battle here.
• Sims continued his impressive training camp as a receiver out the backfield. Look for the Bucs to feature him more in the passing game, and for good reason. Not many, if any, players on the roster have the quick explosion that Sims shows with the ball in his hands.
• Mike Glennon looked sharp throwing the ball in 11-on 11-team. He had a nice deep pass to Evan Spencer that drew a nice roar from the crowd in attendance. Glennon has looked really good overall this camp, and as previously mentioned, none of the quarterbacks throw as pretty of a ball as Glennon. The former Wolfpack star still tends to take the safe route for the most part, and doesn’t push the ball down the field as much as some would like. Do the Cowboys, who lost backup Kellen Moore with a foot injury come calling? If so, Jerry Jones will need to up the ante big time over any offers the Bucs may have received this offseason. Bucs management believe they have one of the best 1-2 QB combinations in the NFL, and prying Glennon from Tampa Bay won’t be easy.
• WR Evan Spencer was the most impressive WR on Wednesday. He caught two deep passes from two different quarterbacks and took his turn impressing fans and coaches. It seems a different receiver tends to shine each day, which is good and bad. Good because it shows there is talent on the roster. Bad because no one has really been able to put several consistent days together in a row.
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• The defense shined again today, particularly the defensive ends and linebackers. Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander are really continuing to develop a nice chemistry in their second year, despite learning a new defense. David seems like he’s always in the right spot at the right time and if he’s not, Alexander is, just like they’ve been all camp. David got the first INT on Winston today in 7-on-7 drills. It was a poor decision by Winston but great read by David. He was everywhere today blowing up almost every run, and just swarming the offense.
• Noah Spence looked good as rushing the passer. A few times he would have sacked Winston if the QB could be touched.
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“At this point it doesn’t matter. I need as many reps as I can get, no matter which group I can get them with. I need to see more looks, I need to see more route concepts and at the end of the day it’ll all work out how it works out.” – Rookie CB Vernon Hargreaves on practice with multiple groups of players
DIRK KOETTER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Here’s what we’re going to do with those. Vernon is working at both nickel with the first group and he’s playing corner, but because he’s playing two spots they’re trying not to crush him on reps. At the same time, as I said the other day, [cornerback] Jude [Adjei-Barimah] is doing a good job and we need to get Jude some work both at nickel and at corner. As far as number of reps, the coaches control all that, we looked at everybody’s reps through the first five practices and we’re about we’re about where we should be. But for now, Vernon’s working with the first group at nickel.” – Koetter on rookie CB Vernon Hargreaves
The Bucs will be back on the field on Thursday morning beginning at 8:45 a.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
I have no problem trading Glennon, but not to the Cowboys. Don’t we play them this year? Imagine the intel he could provide them, or what if he’s their Q.B. when we play, and he beats us? Think about it, that one loss to an NFC team could be the difference between making the playoffs or wait till next year. Anybody want to risk that for a 3rd round pick? I don’t. Look how their back up broke his ankle in training camp where Q.B.’s aren’t even touched. That could happen to Jameis at any point, then we’d be in deep gimshe. I don’t give a rats ass about a future pick, I want to win now! Having Glennon as are back up makes us a better team right now, we’re not good enough to give away a very good player at the most important position in football, for future considerations.
I have a problem trading Glennon to anyone. As surferdude said need him , just in case.
Glad that the guys are coming togrether.
This whole camp all I have heard is praise for Koetter. Maybe the team likes to be treated like men and not kids that need constant supervision. Never understood Lovies ban on “bad” words and having fun.
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