After a day off on Sunday, the Bucs were back at training camp practice on Monday in full pads for one of the hottest days to date so far in camp.
As they usually do, the first scrimmage period the Bucs ran was the 1-minute drill with no timeouts for the offense. The team had to go 60 yards to get to the end zone and the extra twist in today’s practice was that they had to score a touchdown, they couldn’t settle for a field goal.
The first team offense got close, but not close enough, as the throw shown above to tight end O.J. Howard left them just yards shy of six points and the clock running to zero.
The second-team offense also didn’t finish the job.
Quarterback Jameis Winston, who was with the second-team offense for most of the day, hit wide receiver Bernard Reedy in the middle of the field to set up the play above. The offense once again got close, but an overthrow by Winston on the last play meant no points.
The third-team offense also got into the red zone, but they couldn’t punch it in. That meant no points for any of the offensive units during the 1-minute drill.
You might have caught this in the first clip where we referenced Howard catching the last pass in the 1-minute drill for the first-team, and that’s because he’s becoming a real go-to player on that top unit.
Howard is having a fantastic training camp. I know we’ve said this team will still use both Howard and Cam Brate plenty, but Howard might really get the starter edge at that tight end position.
One of the better plays of the day came on a pass from Winston to wide receiver Bobo Wilson in the red zone. Winston had another hot and cold day where some passed looked great and some didn’t.
To end this recap on a very welcomed positive note, rookie running back Ronald Jones had what was likely his best day of camp thus far.
In the pass protection drills, Jones looked much improved. He looked confident when engaging linebackers with his first punch, and was able to mirror most of his assignments. He looked good in that crucial area today.
That confidence seemed to bleed into the final scrimmage drill, too, where, as shown above, Jones slipped through blockers and arm tackles to get down the sideline. Jones’ stock was definitely up after today.
Kicker Chandler Catanzaro did miss his first field goal of training camp today, but he still went 5-for-6.