Last year when the Buccaneers went up against the Jaguars in their joint practices in Jacksonville, the Bucs getting the better of the Jags turned out to be fool’s gold. We’re not sure whether that will be the case in 2018, but one day into their joint practices with the Tennessee Titans and the Bucs looked even more dominant than they did last year.
After their warm up period, the first Bucs vs. Titans action we got was in one-on-one drills. The most notable one was when rookie running back Shaun Wilson went up against linebacker Brandon Chubb. The smaller Wilson got the better of Chubb on that rep, and Wilson started the trash talk afterwards.
Then we moved into the one-on-one work with the wide receivers and defensive backs, and boy was it a pleasant sight for the Buccaneers.
The first rep was Mike Evans against Logan Ryan, and Evans made it look easy. Evans beat Ryan with size, strength and speed all on one play. That was as dominant of a rep as you can get.
Following Evans and Ryan’s matchup, we then saw DeSean Jackson take on Adoree’ Jackson. Of the Jackson-on-Jackson crime, it was the Bucs’ Jackson that came away victorious.
Adoree’ Jackson is known for his speed and yet DeSean Jackson took him to school (and did so in a shorter route).
Finally, Chris Godwin took on Malcolm Butler and the result was just as Bucs-favored as the previous two. That meant the Bucs were 3-for-3 against the best defensive backs the Titans had to offer.
The rest of the practice was much of the same for the offense. Quarterback Jameis Winston did most of the work with the first-team offense, and for the most part they got the better of the Titans defense.
It was a Tampa Bay day in Nashville on Wednesday. We’ll be back tomorrow for round two.