The Bucs were back at it on Sunday following their first preseason loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, however it was just a practice of shells and shorts — meaning no full contact without full pads. This was to be expected as they are still recovering from their first game.
As for those not practicing on Sunday, the list was longer than usual: DT Vita Vea, LB Lavonte David, DE Anthony Nelson, S Justin Evans, WR Scotty Miller, QB Nick Fitzgerald, OLB Shaq Barrett, OL Shane Bowman, S Mike Edwards and LB Corey Nelson were all sitting out for one reason or another. But none seemed too serious.
#Bucs DT Vita Vea is here at practice today. He has a hard brace on his left knee underneath his sweatpants, but seems to be walking around fine. Good starting point. pic.twitter.com/PPgc4gn5Vz
In some good news, both Vita Vea and Lavonte David were both back on the sidelines on Sunday. That’s a good sign of things moving forward that they are at least around the team as they recover — both sidelined due to minor knee injuries.
The Bad Winston
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Jameis Winston goes deep down the sideline for Mike Evans, but it's tipped by Ryan Smith and intercepted by Isaiah Johnson. pic.twitter.com/tgtnz5a4mn
Winston had three interceptions on Sunday, but I wouldn’t get too alarmed. Winston is clearly taking his chances here in camp, and that is by design. Yes, the deep ball still needs to improve, but don’t go judging these picks more than you would praise his performance in the game on Friday. It’s still been an encouraging camp for Winston thus far.
The Good Winston
Winston finds Perriman at the sideline in the end zone for a touchdown
Winston tossing touchdowns is a thing of beauty, but not everyone was thrilled to see it. Whenever you’re scoring as much as those guys were, and making defensive backs react the way Hargreaves did, you know you’re doing something right.
Kicker Curse Gone?
#Bucs K Matt Gay just went 4-for-4 from beyond 50 yards, including a 61 yarder at the end.
Look, I don’t want to jinx it here, but rookie kicker Matt Gay following up his 55-yard field goal in Pittsburgh by going 4-for-4 from beyond 50 yards in practice on Sunday is a great way to keep momentum going.
Gay has quite the leg — that’s never been in doubt. That ball just sounds different coming off his foot. So far so good. Let’s hope this trend continues.
White Watch – Showing The Track Down Speed
Bucs rookie middle linebacker Devin White is entering his first NFL training camp in Tampa Bay this season. With some high expectations for the fifth overall pick in the draft, White has already been installed as the play-caller of a brand new defense. PewterReport.com will chronicle each of White’s practices during training camp in the White Watch.
Returning to practice after a day off, the Bucs were in shells on Sunday as they prepare for their next preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.
While there wasn’t too much hitting, linebacker Devin White had the wheels in motion during practice. It was one of those practices where he just seemed to be involved in most of the plays that happened.
His first go against the offense was predominantly run stoppage, which has been one of the best parts of his game so far as plays at the NFL level. He was in on top of the line of scrimmage pretty fast after the ball was the backs hands. It’s a continuing progression of White reading the play and reacting on time, as his run stoppage has been good for all of camp.
On this play, he got in the mix with Rakeem Nunez-Roches.
Moving onto the next drill, the Bucs offense started in the red zone. It was here that White really put on display his lightning fast speed. We’ve him seen plenty of times run forward to attack the ball carrier, but on a couple plays here, he was moving laterally on plays to the edge and preventing the runner from turning the corner.
He beelined it for Peyton Barber on one play getting in there as quick as possible, then providing a brute strength taking Barber, who is a physical runner in his own right, to the ground with both of his hands.
After a period of seven on seven, the drills moved back towards the endzone for a goal line session, and White had one of his days of training camp as far as his pass defense was concerned. He batted down a ball from Jameis Winston and the goal line and was hot on the tail of the receivers and running backs he was covering.
White has continued to have a strong training camp as the Bucs make their way towards the regular season. Everyone knew he was fast, but now he’s truly been able to prove that this quickness translates to game speed as well.
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@example.com
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