In the final practice before their day off on Sunday, the Bucs turned up the heat — both in the building and on the field. The team was allowed to preform full tacking during this practice, and because of it the pads were cracking early and often.

But they weren’t cracking for everyone.

The players in the list above were sitting out on Sunday, as was offensive tackle Caleb Benenoch. The most notable name on that list is linebacker Lavonte David, as this was his second missed practice in a row. When asked about David sitting out on Friday, head coach Bruce Arians said, “Lavonte doesn’t like turf… He had some swelling, so we shut him down.”

It makes sense that he then wouldn’t practice again on Saturday, as the practice was once again on turf in the indoor facility.

Winston Wows Again

As for those on the field, quarterback Jameis Winston followed up his epic red zone performance on Friday with another solid day in the money area on Saturday.

The best play was the one above to wide receiver Chris Godwin. Winston has been throwing with precision and touch in the red zone this weekend.

The play of the day from Winston, however, was the play shown directly above, where he improvised out of the pocket and hit his main man Mike Evans deep down the field on a broken play.

The is the kind of chemistry that Winston and Evans have shown in the past, and it’s good to see that hasn’t changed here in the 2019 year.

Bucs Kicker Update

It was rookie kicker Matt Gay’s day to kick on Saturday, and it didn’t get off to the best start.

Gay missed his first kick of the day, an extra point from 33 yards. This was Gay’s second straight miss of an extra point to open up the practice period, as he missed the first short one on Thursday, as well.

However, Gay bounced back nicely and hit all of his remaining kicks from varying distances, the last going in with plenty of leg from 62 yards.

The Return of Jack Cichy

It’s been a long time since former Wisconsin linebacker Jack Cichy could play full speed football — since October of 2018, to be exact.

Last week Cichy was cleared to practice for the first time since tearing his ACL in the team’s game versus the Cleveland Browns. As seen in the picture above posted by Cichy himself, he’s pretty pumped to be back.

Cichy took that excitement to the field on Saturday and had himself quite the night. He opened it up with the play above where he was seen fully laying out for a tackle in an 11-on-11 drill. This showed an extended range of motion and no fear to lay his body out there post-injury.

And it was capped off later in the drill with Cichy absolutely flying in off the edge for one of the quickest sacks of the day.

Cichy finished his two years as a starter at Wisconsin with 121 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He looks completely healthy and ready to contribute to this team as a blitzing backer, and it appears they’re giving him every chance to prove that.

The team has the day off on Sunday before their 8:00 a.m. Military Appreciation Practice on Monday morning.

White Watch – Rookie Has His Strongest Period Of Camp

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.

Bucs rookie linebacker Devin White ran with the first-team defense throughout the team’s 11-on-11 drills and, like most linebackers, mostly went through the motions throughout 7-on-7 drills, as the linebackers are at a complete disadvantage from an actual playmaking standpoint. He did stick out on one run to his side, but it was the last period of the day where he really exploded.

When the team moved into their customary final period of simulated football situations, it was a live tackling period and White came alive. He was vocal in his play calling, flying off of the edge and up the middle when blitzing and looked phenomenal in pursuit.

On back-to-back plays, he darted to the outside and stopped running back Ronald Jones dead in his tracks on a designed run outside the tackles. Then, on the next play, he shot up the middle and brought running back Peyton Barber down for a big tackle for loss.

This had to be White’s strongest period as a Buccaneer, and when finally given the opportunity to run around and tackle freely, he showed glimpses of the talent that warranted a pick as high as No. 5 overall.

White was a monster during the drills that you would call “real football” drills. If Saturday night was a sign of anything to come, this young Bucs linebacker might just lead the team in tackles in his first year in the NFL.

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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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  1. Cichy and Bond turning it up is a very good sign actually. Minter better bring his A game to make this squad.

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  2. Now that camp is rolling along, I’d love it if PR could compare the progress of last years squad to this years. I know practices were so different that there has to be some major optimism after seeing this teams seeming improvement under BA. Of course it still has to translate to game day, but I recall hearing about many bad practices under the Koetter regime

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  3. So nice to have Trevor back!

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  4. Sounds like it was a good day all around! Good to hear! Wanna hear more about the Oline specifically and the running game, gotta have some success in the Trenches!

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  5. Imagine, they’re actually practicing football by tackling, Koetter never did that, and it showed on defense. No music, has anyone missed it who’ve gone to practice? No nonsense camp, hopefully translates to a no nonsense team.

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  6. Yeah Trev, we need to know how the O line is doing. Dotson, and Smith missing some practice who’s stepping up? What’s happening at RG, any surprise players emerging? Give us an update.

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  7. Surfer/Spitfire,

    Arians on Alex Cappa, holding down the Bucs’ starting right guard job: “He’s doing a heck of a job. He’s gotten better and better every practice. He’s going against some studs in there and he’s holding his own.”

    The Bucs offensive line is improving. However, tackle is a concern behind starters Donovan Smith and Demar Dotson. “Right now, we’re still building,” Bruce Arians said. “We’re still looking. Guys are having good days and bad days. We need some leveling off – good all the time.”

    Bottom line the O-Line is getting better and Arians says we’re still looking. So guys will get better and/or we will see new faces. Go Bucs!

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  8. Thanks Mac, yeah so far he’s had decent things to say about them. It would be nice to hear about them in these Daily Coverages like how well they held up and who was holding their own. Even though I know the old adage that no news is good news on the Oline Haha, but Cappa, Bailey, Liedtke, Watford, and maybe any surprises like Surfer said. The Oline is one of the most important things that needs to improve this year so a little more info on them on the Daily would keep my Heart Rate down a little Haha.

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  9. I just read where Carson Palmer gave Freddie Kitchens all the credit for elevating his game.
    He said Freddie Kitchens was the instrumental force behind his resurgence.
    Interesting

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    • And the Buc-Ass-Bob agenda continues. Must have a lot of time on your hands to unearth Carson Palmer comments then somehow twist them to make it seem as a slight on Bruce Arians.

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  10. Love the direction of camp so far.

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  11. Anyone read any article about the progress of Jamel Dean?? With all the DBs making there stride and all, I vent heard anything about him this training camp with the exception of him not practicing yesterday.

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  12. You guys are bringing up a very important subject. Instead of focusing all of our attention on Winston & the DB’s our attention really needs to be more on that offensive line. The Winston Watch is okay, But those of us in the know know what to expect from Winston: 3800yds 25 tds & 14ints. This season is going to come down to how well this Oline performs and I apologize to all the Winston Haters who want to make this about Winston getting better, But the truth is this a Team Effort and Winston can’t do it by himself. This Offensive Line is the “Weak Link” in the Chain.

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  13. I read where Carson Palmer said Kitchens was great but never said his success was all Freddie. Of course Freddie helped him, he was his QB Coach AND had BA to teach him how to do it. Palmer was Lucky to find them both that late in his career and said so in a very public documentary. Hopefully BA and Leftwich can be those guys for Winston now!

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  14. Glad to hear Cappa is holding his own! That frees up Liedtke to backup both D. Smith and Dotson. Bailey can probably back up Cappa, and we have LeRibeas to back up Jensen at Center. Ruben Holcomb also did a decent job at RT last year, too, and that was before any BA development this year.

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  15. I’m starting to think I might have to adjust my prediction from 5-11 to 6-10

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  16. Cichy is a bigger plus to the D than most people know. IF and this is a big IF, he can stay well. He flew under the radar because of injuries at Wisconsin. Before his college injuries, he was considered one of the top LBs in the Big 10. You gotta pull for the guy. Anyone brave enough to work himself back into playing shape after an ACL deserves respect. I wish him the best.

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  17. @dcbucsfan

    Dean is nursing an injury so he hasn’t been able to participate all that much.

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