Bucs DT Gerald McCoy - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The Buccaneers donned full pads for the first time in their water-logged 2015 training camp on Monday, and one of the highlights is always the 1-on-1 pass rush/pass protection drills between Tampa Bay’s offensive and defensive linemen. The established veterans easily won the day with three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, left guard Logan Mankins, right tackle Demar Dotson and center Evan Smith all dominating.
There were also some surprisingly good performances by center-guard Garrett Gilkey, reserve right tackle Edwan Coughman and rookie defensive ends Ryan Delaire and Jamal Young. Here is PewterReport.com’s rep-by-rep account of what happened when the offensive linemen and the defensive linemen squared off
BUCS OL vs. DL 1-on-1 SCORECARD
Dotson beat George Johnson’s bull rush to start off the 1-on-1 drills in pads. Left tackle Kevin Pamphile beat Jacquies Smith’s outside speed rush on their first rep. But the tables were quickly turned as Johnson beat Dotson with an inside move and Smith followed suit on Pamphile on the next rep.
Bucs DL coach Joe Cullen – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
McCoy out-classed everyone on Monday, starting with a power rush on right guard Kadeem Edwards. Defensive tackle Henry Melton’s inside rush was stopped cold by Mankins. McCoy then thumped Edwards with an outside pass rush move and Mankins pancaked Melton, which pleased defensive line coach Joe Cullen.
Center-guard Garrett Gilkey beat defensive tackle Da’Quan Bowers twice, and center Evan Smith split a series with defensive tackle Clinton McDonald.
Reserve right tackle Edawn Coughman looks bigger than his listed size of 6-foot-4, 313 pounds. He locked up defensive end Will Gholston’s outside rush with ease on the first rep, and then won another rep when Gholston tried to bull rush him.
Rookie left tackle Donovan Smith was beaten by end T.J. Fatinikun on a speed rush to the outside, but then waited on Fatinikun, who went outside before countering inside, and shut him down to split the reps.
Rookie guard Ali Marpet split a series with Melton, showing impressive strength by locking him out on the first rep, but losing on an inside move on the second rep.
McCoy then abused guard Josh Allen twice. First, the Pro Bowler used a quick first step to beat Allen outside. Then he came back with a wicked spin move inside to cleanly beat the young guard. McCoy looks as quick and agile as ever.
Matthew Masifilo, who is converting from defensive tackle to guard this year, was beaten by Melton with a quick outside move, while Smith locked up rookie Quayshawne Buckley twice with quick feet and excellent mirroring technique.
Defensive tackle George Uko split a series with center Jeremiah Warren. Uko was locked up in the first rep, but then came back and beat him with power on the next rep.
Right tackle Reid Fragel has incredibly long arms at 6-foot-8, 308 pounds and used them to keep Lawrence Sidbury at bay on the first rep, before Sidbury countered with an inside spin move on the second rep.
After being stonewalled by left tackle Patrick Omameh on the first rep veteran right end Larry English used a well-executed chop move to blow past Omameh to the outside on the second rep.
Rookie defensive tackle Caushaud Lyons got a rep against Masifilo and used power to overwhelm the newbie guard. Lyons then blew past Masifilo with a spin move. At 280 pounds, Masifilo looks too light to make it in the NFL at guard and it will be tough for him to make the roster.
The starters got another series and Dotson pancaked Smith to the ground and put him flat on his back with a massive punch that caught him off guard. Dotson and Smith battled to a draw on the next rep as the defensive end tried an outside rush after faking going inside.
McDonald used a great inside chop to beat Antoine Everett with ease, and then used power to knock Everett to the ground.
Bucs LG Logan Mankins – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Gilkey got two great reps and beat Buckey and Bowers on consecutive plays. He finished with another rep on Bowers and locked up his power rush. Gilkey is off to a very good start in training camp and appears focused and powerful.
Fatinikun and Pamphile battled to a draw as the fast end used a club-rip move to the outside.
Edwards got a crack at Gholston, who lined up at defensive tackle, and won, and then battled to a draw on the second rep.
Mankins locked down McDonald two more times with a combination of technique and power. Mankins’ wins keyed five straight wins for the offensive line near the end the practice period.
Evan Smith used great footwork to beat Buckley once again, while Coughman’s big wingspan kept English locked out on his outside pass rush.
Donovan Smith won the final rep for the offense wheeling Sidbury around the QB target.
Tampa Bay’s defensive line capped off the period with two straight victories. Delaire beat Coughman with a great club-rip move to the outside, while Young beat Donovan Smith with a perfectly executed outside spin move.
Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: email@example.com
Good report Scott. Glad Mankins and Dotson are solid and have things to prove. Gilkey and Bowers; need I say anymore. Go Bucs.
Kudos to Lovie to keep the public away and get started conditioning Winston to recognize and deal with NFL blitzes. Winston likely thought he was ready for it because he dealt with many blitzes in college because he really hasn’t been taking full advantage of the 3D equipment the Buc’s bought to accelerate his learning of Pro Defenses. Bet he starts studying that harder after he threw three interceptions today! Also this forces our OL to get their act together now too. I believe they have the personnel for an average OL now, but the biggest problem to me is they have some players in the wrong positions on their OL with the exception of our LG, and they lack experienced depth. Koetter needs to put the right players in the right positions and ignore what WarFLOP thinks and Licht needs to pick up experienced OL depth from the waiver wire or in trade for Glennon.
“There were also some surprisingly good performances . . . rookie defensive ends Ryan Delaire and Jamal Young.” What were those performances?
It was reported to Coach Smith during his press conference today that the OL was “nasty” out there according to the defensive line players. Coach was pretty happy about that fact and I think it’s a great sign for the Bucs offense. I think as long as Winston doesn’t hold onto the ball for too long, the line will give him the time he needs. I also think good play calling by the OC will give the RB’s a chance to get going. I can’t wait to watch the attack this year. Siege the Day!
Poor Bowers 🙁 always wanted him to become something for us. Besides a bust anyways. I am just glad he didn’t get picked up by somebody else and become great! Ha i am worried about our old boy clayborn down there in Atlanta. Go bucs!!!
Would love to see videos of these battles. Anyway you can post any of them.
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