On Day 2 of the Buccaneers joint practice week against the Tennessee Titans, the Titans defense gave the Bucs offense some push back.

The Bucs offense clearly dominated the Titans on Wednesday, but Thursday was a bit more balanced — which even the Bucs players said they enjoyed due to the competition level being raised even more.

However, on the first rep of the day, Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans picked up right where he left off on Wednesday by beating cornerback Malcolm Butler in the corner of the end zone.

Butler was being put through the gauntlet on Thursday, and even though he did give up that rep to Evans above, he did have some nice recovery plays after that.

The best cornerback on the day was second-year player from the Titans Adoree’ Jackson. Jackson as playing the Bucs wide receivers tough all day long, and the clip above was just the first of a few of his interceptions on the day.

Butler got his chance at revenge on Evans and appeared to have gotten in his head enough to cause offensive pass interference.

Overall there was some good push and push back from these units.

On a quick note, Bucs rookie running back Ronald Jones had a rough day. He had two fumbles on handoffs and didn’t really stand out much the rest of the day. But, it is tough to stand out when you’re a running back and contact is at a minimum. Hopefully we’ll see plenty of Jones in the game on Saturday.

Another interesting note we had from today was that wide receiver DeSean Jackson was not involved in the team’s 1-minute drill at all. The team used wide receivers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Adam Humphries and Freddie Maritno. But no Jackson.

Quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston were great on Wednesday, but not as sharp on Thursday.

Near the end of practice, Evans was visibly upset when Fitzpatrick didn’t get enough air on a fade route.

Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson had one heck of a bounce-back day on Thursday. In our notes, he recorded three interceptions, one of which being with one hand, and Jackson did a backflip after the play to celebrate.

He was the top player from either side on Thursday.

Finally, on a positive note as we wrap up the offensive recap, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter said that rookie running back Shaun Wilson has looked sharp in these past two practices. Wilson will get his first game action this week.

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dfk68 (@dfk68)
3 years ago

Sounding like RoJo is Kenny Bell part 2. I hope not but it isn’t sounding good!

makski (@makski)
Reply to  dfk68
3 years ago

COME ON, way too early to even suggest that! That is ridiculous! Give the kid a break. Most Pro-Bowlers and even Hall of Famers start their careers off slowly. Good thing you aren’t a head coach. We would have never kept R Barber, W Sapp, D Brooks, etc…

nybuccguy (@nybuccguy)
3 years ago

I think Wilson will knock Simms off of the roster. Rodgers is too valuable as a jack of all trades/ reliable backup.

makski (@makski)
3 years ago

nybuccguy, I wouldn’t even mind keeping Wilson and Ogbunwale (spelling, sorry) as the 2 backups if they continue to perform well in camp and the pre-season. They are both younger and cheaper, and might even become the better players in the long run. But, I REALLY do like Wilson a lot and he should be a given, especially hope he performs well enough to take the return duties away from Humphries and whoever on kickoffs.

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Buc 1976 (@robmckenz17gmail-com)
3 years ago

Rojo rookie of the year LOL

WinstonSmokesEm (@winstonsmokesem)
3 years ago

I understand the frustration building for Rojo, but can we at least wait till after this next game..and give this kid a chance to shine. You don’t end up in the top 5 discussion of RB at USC and suck. Kid is a playmaker and will show it..good things come to those who wait..right?

plopes808 (@plopes808)
3 years ago

I’m not TOO worried about Rojo yet, but I do hope we see some serious improvements before the games start to count. Can’t wait to see S. Wilson in his first game action and like many others here, I hope he at least takes over the return duties for Hump and knocks Sims off the roster as he’s too one dimensional. Ogbunwale (spelling) looked good as well last week. If this performance continues I would be all for him replacing Rodgers as well.