With the pads now fully on, it was time for the Bucs’ offense to ramp up the speed.
On Tuesday, they did that by running their 1-minute drill very early in the practice to get guys totally off their rhythm.
The first team, led by quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, did well by capitalizing on an early deep ball pass from Fitzpatrick to wide receiver Chris Godwin, which got them into the red zone.
But the defense held firm after that and the offense wasn’t able to punch it in, settling for jus a field goal.
The second team offense, led by quarterback Jameis Winston, had a few more struggles. Winston didn’t connect on his first three passes, but they were able to get a first down before Winston hit tight end O.J. Howard in the play shown above. That got them into field goal range, but an offside/illegal formation on wide receiver Freddie Martino negated a spike to stop the clock, which would have set up the field goal, and instead had the second team walking off the field with zero points.
Not the ideal 1-minute drill for either team.
We haven’t had too many updates on special teams, but we figured we’d get you up to speed on what we had in terms of kick returning duties, since that can be a determining factor for some players making the final 53-man roster.
Wide receivers Adam Humphries and Bernard Reedy were the primary kick returners, which is to be expected, but the team also had Bobo Wilson and Shaun Wilson back there and those two could make an extra case to be on the active roster if the team likes what they do on special teams.
And, of course, no Buccaneers special teams recap can be complete without a nervous kicker update.
Bucs’ top kicker Chandler Catanzaro went a perfect 5-for-5 from varying distances, but unlike the other day, Trevor Moore also went a perfect 5-for-5 and seemed to really kicked up the competition — pun intended.
The Bucs will be back at it tomorrow bright and early, and we’ll be there to show you all the updates and highlights.