On a day that was suppose to be dominated by the defense with full pads on for the first time, the offense made sure to remind those defensive players that the hitting and playmaking can still go both ways.

That started with some nice runs in the 7-on-9 rushing drills.

Over the last few practices we’ve criticized rookie running back Ronald Jones a bit for needing to still work on the little things — pass blocking, pass catching, etc.

However, on Sunday, we saw some flashes and reminders of why Jones was coveted in the fashion he was during the draft, and that is because of what he can do when he gets handed the ball.

Jones had a couple of nice carries in the 7-on-9 drill, showing good vision and burst. He just needs to make sure he has those extra fundamentals worked out so he can show off that vision in games sooner rather than later.

The best offensive play of the day came once the team moved to the indoor practice facility.

On a play that Bucs fans have been waiting a long time to see, quarterback Jameis Winston loaded up and bombed a pass about 60 yards to an in-stride DeSean Jackson for a touchdown.

That throw and catch was likely the best we’ve seen from the Winston-Jackson duo in a Buccaneers uniform.

Let’s hope this is the first of many in 2018.

But starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t just sit back and let Winston have the best throw of the day.

A few plays later Fitzpatrick hit tight end Cameron Brate for a beautiful over-the-should pass with a diving catch to boot.

The offense was certainly dealing in the indoor facility, which was during the second half of practice.

And in a little bit a comedic clip, the physicality wasn’t just coming from the defense on Sunday.

In the clip above, you can see running back Peyton Barber lowering the shoulder on wide receiver Chris Godwin (on accident) — and Barber just kept on trucking.

Safe to say both ides of the ball were ready to lay some hits on Sunday.

The team has a day off tomorrow before getting back to it on Tuesday.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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3 years ago

Nice clips from todays practice. That Fitz throw and Brate catch was great! The Winston to Jackson bomb was a great route by Jackson. He was helped by the 10 yard cushion the corner gave him and the late help over the top, but it still had to be one of the best deep balls Winston has delivered.