The Bucs held their first practice of rookie mini-camp on Friday. In a pleasant surprise for the coaches, media members and 26 young players alike, the weather was fairly mild by Florida standards as the calendar pushes into mid-May. With highs in the 80’s and a slight breeze, the first day of rookie mini-camp was off and running.

Below are some highlights from the day.

First-Round Pick OLB Joe Tryon Held Out

In the early portion of the practice, Tryon ran alone with a trainer as the rest of the players in attendance ran drills with their positional coaches. Later he was seen with the other edge rushers as they ran drills, but wasn’t wearing a helmet and didn’t participate.

After practice head coach Bruce Arians spoke to the media and announced that Tryon had undergone a “minor scope” on his knee and hadn’t yet passed his physical with the team. As far as a timetable, Arians said that the staff was in no rush to get him back but that he likely wouldn’t miss much more time.

“We’re gonna take it slow,” Arians said. “He’ll be ready for mandatory mini-camp for sure, maybe sooner.”

QB Kyle Trask Far From Perfect In His First Practice

With only five tryout players permitted to participate in rookie mini-camps, a roster that often creeps over 50 players has been limited to just 26 this year for Tampa Bay. With such a comparatively small number of bodies at practice, this leaves some position groups thin. That would include the quarterback position for the Bucs, where second-round pick Trask was the lone signal-caller on the field for Tampa Bay.

After position-specific drills finished up the Bucs moved on to a few very simple seven-on-seven and team drills. When throwing against a live defense, Trask had some nice completions and targeted his fellow draft pick Jaelon Darden often. On the flip side, Trask also had his fair share of struggles on the first day of practice. The 23-year-old rookie watched a number of passes sail too high for his intended receivers and even had one pass intercepted by former Navy defensive back Cameron Kinley.

But when asked about Trask’s performance after practice, Arians had nothing but praise for his newest quarterback.

“He grasped (the offense) very well,” Arians said. “He was throwing the ball where it was supposed to go, had a couple of drops on him. But I thought he looked really good.”

ILB Grant Stuard Already Leading The Defense

As the media is limited to watching the Bucs’ practice from one limited location behind the end zone on the far side of the field, it’s not always easy to pick up what players are saying – or even shouting – as they move between drills. This wasn’t the case for Tampa Bay’s seventh-round pick, Grant Stuard. As the defense was leaving their positional drills and heading over to meet the offense for the team’s seven-on-seven period, Stuard was the first player off of that field and could be heard rallying the defensive side of the ball over.

It may seem like something small in the grand scheme, but for a Day 3 pick who was praised by general manager Jason Licht for his energy, passion and big heart, it may be a major step toward proving that evaluation right at the next level.

WR Darden Catching Punts, Getting Plenty Of Looks

Though Darden was just one of two receivers at rookie mini-camp, he hit it off well with Trask during passing drills. But before that, Darden opened up practice catching punts while the Bucs worked on special teams. He looked very comfortable in that role as the coaches got their first look at the potential starting returner. With his amount of speed, Darden gives himself a chance to win the role.

“He looked really clean catching every single punt,” Arians said. “And he looks really, really explosive as a receiver.”

When it came to the passing drills against the defense, Darden was able to get himself space due to his speed and found a connection with Trask. He was getting open on both sides of the field, catching  the attention of the coaches because of it. Since he took every single rep on the field, he was gassed by the end of it.

“I thought he looked really really good until he got really tired,” Arians said. ” He took every single rep.”

Hainsey Working At Center

While it’s usually tough to gauge how well an offensive lineman is doing in a practice with no pads on, there was a note of interest in Robert Hainsey due to the position he was playing. Hainsey told the media before practice that he was going to play center during this mini-camp. It was not known exactly where he would be playing at the time due to his versatility.

“I’m working center right now.” Hainsey said. “I like it. I think it fits me well, I think I know what I’m doing. learning the offense as much as I can but trying to help all the other guys too and get us in the right position to do our jobs.”

Hainsey worked in drills with the offensive lineman but was also seen getting one-one-one coaching with an assistant coach. Overall, coach Arians was pleased with how the first day of practice went down.

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Captain Sly
1 month ago

Whelp there you go that proves it right there, Trask is a Bust!

Jdgamble31
Reply to  Captain Sly
1 month ago

Tongue in cheek captain sly ?

Schwifty9
1 month ago

Believe it or not it’s not too soon to judge Kyle Trask for a poor performance against future mailmen, I condemned MJ Stewart for a poor performance in rookie mini camp and we all know how that turned out. That throw that was picked is a perfect microcosm of why Kyle Trask’s NFL ceiling is that of a career backup. He put a visible amount of exertion on that ball and it still didn’t have any kind of zip, and it sailed in the air right into the hands of a defender. That’s exactly the kind of physical limitation will… Read more »

PissedOffBuc1988
Reply to  Schwifty9
1 month ago

Have you applied yet? An expert such as yourself is wasting their time on a silly site like pewter report. The bucs could use your wisdom. They clearly don’t know what they are doing and need your help ASAP.

Schwifty9
Reply to  PissedOffBuc1988
1 month ago

Nope, I’m not any kind of professional scout nor do I claim to be. But I can’t say I haven’t considered signing up for a semester at scoutingacademy.com and probably will do so when I have $950 of dispensable income to drop on it.

Naplesfan
Reply to  Schwifty9
1 month ago

I’m afraid you’re destined to be a career backup internet genius/troll.

Schwifty9
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

I’m afraid you’re destined to gargle my balls.

drdneast
Reply to  Schwifty9
1 month ago

And we spent a second round pick on that. Yikes.

BucWonder
Reply to  Schwifty9
1 month ago

Yes, I think it’s best to judge a rookie QB by a single pass in his first NFL practice. That makes the most sense.

Go Bucs!

bucballer
Reply to  Schwifty9
1 month ago

That’s just ignorant! I hope ur boss doesn’t judge u on one day or one performance! Give the kid a chance. Do u really think that the SuperBowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their staff, owners, head coach, have no idea what they r doing by taking a QB Trask with their second pick? Apparently they thought he was worth their second round pick and they put their money where their mouth is. I trust their judgement much more than someone who just showed up on this board. We r all Buc fans and therefore we should hope that all… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  bucballer
30 days ago

That’s asking a lot Bucballer. Folks here in Bucville are often more interested in their personal agendas and their predictions being correct than the team or player’s success.

Alldaway 2.0
1 month ago

Darden is going to surprise a lot of people this year. Hainsey is awesome with his versatility and may crack the starting lineup sooner or later.
As for Trask if Arians is content and happy with his progress I am not going to argue against what Arians saw on the field. But I will say that Trask is a project and will take many years to be polished.

Barnz1
1 month ago

Don’t care about how Trask is going throwing to nobodies off the street in his first practice. Our young first round draft pick sitting out because he already needed knee surgery after not even playing last year is scary. I care about that.

Last edited 1 month ago by Barnz1
Schwifty9
Reply to  Barnz1
1 month ago

You also have to consider that he is throwing against nobodies as well and still looks like hot garbage.

Naplesfan
Reply to  Schwifty9
1 month ago

The only hot garbage we see is you, and drdneast

Schwifty9
Reply to  Naplesfan
1 month ago

The only person you speak for is yourself. Idiot.

Eddie
1 month ago

I don’t see the “speed” that the writer described from the attached clip.

Joseph
1 month ago

Was pretty excited with the Darden pick looks like he has potential not going to be too critical about trask considering its his first practice with a bunch of strange receivers not knowing timing quite yet though I wasn’t thrilled that bucs drafted him let’s see how he looks in the preseason hope for the best go bucs

plopes808
1 month ago

Well, the debate is over…Trask is a bust. It only took 1 practice but he’s already been exposed as another wasted 2nd round pick.
That’s sarcasm by the way

surferdudes
Reply to  plopes808
1 month ago

Tough crowd.

surferdudes
1 month ago

If the kid from Navy makes the team we’ll have to call him The Admiral.

scubog
Reply to  surferdudes
30 days ago

The “Admiral” moniker was already taken by Wally Chambers for spending so much time in the tub.

Spitfire
1 month ago

I Love all the Trask haters jumpin on the pile after one practice 😂 Well I guess he’s a busy cause he had a few high passes? Somebody call him yet to tell him to quit? It’s a good thing your wives have more patience for you than you do 2nd round Draft picks 🤣

ScottC543
1 month ago

Well, damn! Now that Trask’s NFL career is done maybe he can get a job managing a Publix or something.

FLBoy84
1 month ago

It’s likely Hainsey was simply the best option C considering the limited group size, more curious if he continues to get work there in training camp. Jensen is a FA next year, possible first-look at the starting C in ’22 if he shows promise.

Last edited 1 month ago by FLBoy84
GrayBalls
Reply to  FLBoy84
1 month ago

Exactly my thoughts

scubog
30 days ago

By the comments it appears that many of you have never attended a practice session. Concluding that Trask, or any other player, on his first day of what is really an on-field assessment of the try-out players, is either a “bust” or a “star”, is just a bit premature and irresponsible. It’s amazing how some can look at a 15 second video from 60 yards away and complete their entire evaluation process. “Oh look, Trask under-threw the reciver. I told you he sucked and had a weak arm.” Wonder how TB12 looked his first rookie work-out in shorts. Wonder how… Read more »