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. CONDITIONS The Bucs came out to another warm Tampa morning, but a steady breeze kept things bearable. The temperatures were in the mid-80’s at the start of practice and rose a couple of degrees as practice went on. TRANSACTIONS The Buccaneers announced shortly after practice that they had extended Demar Dotson’s contract by three years, giving him a significant bump in pay. Financial terms were not disclosed. The Buccaneers also announced on Monday that the team has signed defensive tackle Ishmaa’ily Kitchen and waived (injured) safety Elijah Shumate. Kitchen (6-1, 330) originally entered the league with the Cleveland Browns in 2012, as a college free agent out of Kent State. Kitchen spent three seasons with the Browns (2012-14), appearing in 40 games, with three starts, totaling 78 tackles, two quarterback hits and two tackles for loss. Last season he played in one game with the Detroit Lions and one game with the New England Patriots. He will wear No. 66 for the Buccaneers. INJURIES J.R. Sweezy (back) was a spectator at practice along with Louis Murphy (knee), Donovan Smith (flu), Brandon Myers (knee) and long snapper Andrew DePaola. Returning to the field after missing practice on Saturday was rookie Vernon Hargreaves. Charles Sims was also a full go for the first time since injuring his ankle last week during practice at Tropicana Field. PEWTERREPORT.COM’S BUCS PRACTICE NOTES • The Bucs practice was as most have been so far this camp, lots of passing drills, a specials teams period, some team and some red zone work. Quarterback Jameis Winston was sharp and threw some really good passes in some tight spaces. He wasn’t perfect, but looked as good as he has all camp. Winston will be reunited with several of his former Seminole teammates and most likely is juiced to be able to compete against players like Jalen Ramsey, Telvin Smith and others.
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• Just as practice ended, there was an announcement that there would be a press conference in the media center at 11:30 a.m. and it wasn’t long before Twitter spoiled the surprise as it was reported that the Bucs and right tackle Demar Dotson had agreed to a contract extension. Dotson, one of the nicest guys on the Bucs roster was all smiles on Monday standing at the podium talking about his new deal. “Throughout his time as a Buccaneer, Demar has consistently shown improvement in every facet of his game,” said Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht. “It is especially gratifying when you can see a player develop within your own organization and then reward him for that hard work. Since arriving here as a college free agent in 2009, Demar has worked extremely hard and developed into one of the top offensive tackles in the league. He will continue to play a key role on our offensive line for years to come.” PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY “I think technically, there [are] a lot of details in pass protection from both of us. There’s sometimes where we can get away with things, even at this level. Donovan can get away with some things physically, just because he’s that impressive. Again, if he can clean some things up, be more detailed with his footwork and everything like that, he could be the best tackle in the league. Physically he’s got that ability.” – Ali Marpet on he and Donovan Smith improving in their second year KOETTER QUOTE OF THE DAY “Coach [Gus] Bradley and I have talked a lot about that, we’ve had a lot of conversations, and the main thing is that we’re on the same page, that both teams are on the same page and that the coaching staffs from both teams know what the ground rules are and enforce the ground rules, that’s the main thing. It really will be practice similar to [what] you’re used to seeing out here, it’ll just be two practices going on at the same time – our offense against their defense on one field and flipped over on the other field. So similar drills, similar number of reps, and really like we do on a regular week. You have the things you work on, on a Wednesday and the things you work on, on a Thursday, in season.” – Koetter on the upcoming joint practices with the Jags UP NEXT The Bucs will be off on Tuesday as they travel to Jacksonville to practice with the Jags on Wednesday and Thursday before facing them on Saturday night.
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]
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