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.
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.
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.
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.
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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