As hard as it is to believe, Wednesday was the final day of training camp for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In that final practice, the Bucs were missing some key players.

There were three key offensive linemen out for the Bucs on Wednesday, Donovan Smith, Ali Marpet and Leonard Wester. Smith is going to miss 2-4 week with a knee sprain, Marpet left practice early on Tuesday, but his injury wasn’t reported as serious, and Wester is still recovering from an ankle injury he had early in camp.

Though the long-term diagnosis on those guys is good, not having them for the time being is not. That’s a lot of lost chemistry.

The Bucs opened practice with their 1-minute drill and had some nice success with it.

Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick orchestrated a nice drive to get the team in field goal range (two yards short of a touchdown). Fitzpatrick will likely play the majority of the team’s third preseason game this week at home against the Lions.

As the Bucs have done with all their open practices, they let the fans experience the indoor practice facility rain or shine.

When the Bucs moved inside for the second half of practice, the offense really stepped it up. They showed great execution in their scheme work, and that was evident by plays like the one above, where guys were wide open.

This week we’ve covered Ronald Jones’ situation extensively. Both the Pewter Nation Podcast and Cover 3 column were dedicated to Jones’ lack of production over the first two games.

Jones had a nice practice yesterday and followed it up with another encouraging one on Wednesday. But what matters most are those game reps.

Let’s hope he gets plenty of them starting on Friday.

On the final play of practice, the Bucs scored in the red zone on a pass from quarterback Ryan Griffin to wide receiver Freddie Martino. Martino had a standout day, which clutters the wide receiver position even more when it comes down to final cuts.

Though Wednesday was the final day of training camp, the Bucs aren’t done putting in work. They have the day off on Thursday before their game against the Lions on Friday, but then go more into what a regular season week would look like when it comes to practice.

We’ll still have all your coverage right here on PewterReport.com as we head into the regular season.

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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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Morgan R
Morgan R
3 years ago

Let’s whoop up on those Lions Friday. I’m so tired of that team coming into Tampa and beating us. Last year was close but they did it again. Just wish we could beat them in the regular season, when it counts, but I really can’t remember the last time that happened.

NC Greenbeard
NC Greenbeard
3 years ago

Looks like November 2013, Morgan. Before that 2008. We beat them 4 straight 2001-2005.