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Pewter Report was on hand to document the one-on-one battles between Tampa Bay's defensive lineman and offensive lineman during Monday morning's practice. Monday morning was the first practice in full pads for the Buccaneers, so this one-on-one session was a good look at where the respective lineman are starting off this season.
The defense won the session 18-10 with two draws. Although that number is not a completely fair comparison as starters Davin Joseph, Jeremy Trueblood, Arron Sears, and Jeff Faine were not taking part in the drill. Of the 28 reps that Pewter Report witnessed, here is how the action went down.
• Donald Penn started off the action against defensive end Gaines Adams. Adams had good initial penetration, but Penn stonewalled Adams for the offense to start with a win.
•In the rematch, Adams again was fast off the snap, but as he was about to make a move he slipped and fell. Penn's hands were on Adams to prevent him from recovering to get a pressure.
• Tight end Ben Troupe started on the left side of the defensive line and went up against defensive end Charles Bennett. Bennett used his speed to beat Troupe easily in both contests. Offensive line coach Bill Muir was giving Troupe a lot of coaching in between reps.
• Jimmy Wilkerson went against Troupe in the next two matchups. Wilkerson easily beat Troupe in both matchups. Wilkerson was by Troupe quickly and used his strength to not let Troupe get his hands on him.
• The next matchup was a left end against a right tackle. End Greg White lost the first matchup against Dennis Roland, as the big offensive lineman mirrored White on a speed rush. White came back and won the rematch by going with a bull rush and pushing Roland straight back into the cone that was set to signify the quarterback's spot.
• Marques Douglas and Chris Denman went next at nose tackle and right guard respectively. Denman won the first matchup and Douglas won the second. Douglas made a big bull rush and then did a spin move by Denman to record the victory.
• The next duo was rookie defensive tackle Chris Bradwell and center Dan Buenning. Bradwell won the first matchup by shooting by Buenning with a quick first step. Buenning won the rematch as he stood Bradwell straight up after the snap.
• The next two to go against each other were Tampa Bay's third-round pick Jeremy Zuttah and fourth-round pick Dre Moore. Zuttah won the first match as Moore tried to go through him with a bull rush. The second try was one of the most impressive jobs done in the entire session. Zuttah was ready for a spin move and proceeded to bull rush Moore down the line laterally and out of the play.
• Adams went against tackle Anthony Davis next. Both reps resulted in a draw. Adams was able to get into the backfield but it was difficult to tell if Davis was close enough to the cone to potentially be on top of a quarterback.
• Douglas went against tight end John Gilmore next. While Gilmore was beat by Dougals, he looked better than Troupe.
• Gilmore went on to prove that when he knocked end Greg Peterson off balance and pushed him around to record the win. The play after that Peterson got some revenge as he used his speed and blew by Gilmore.
• Bennett also beat Gilmore on a speed rush in the next matchup. While Gilmore lost three out of four, he was definitely more competitive and effective than Troupe.
• White got two more matchups at left end and this time Denman was at right tackle. White won this matchup with a speed rush on the first try. The second try, White was on his way again to getting the win but Denman held White. As the pair went to the ground it looked like Denman had half a choke hold on White.
• Zuttah was put to the test by some of the Bucs veterans and starters. At right guard, Zuttah went against Ryan Sims. Zuttah anchored against Sims' bull rush and stood the veteran straight up for the win. The other offensive linemen were cheering on the rookie after that play.
• The defense got some revenge against Zuttah when he was at right guard against Kevin Carter. The veteran lineman beat the rookie with a quick move and was in the backfield.
• The defense repeated, sending some of their best at the rookie when Chris Hovan went against Zuttah when he was at center. Hovan beat Zuttah with his strength on a bull rush. Zuttah came back and stopped Hovan on the next try. Overall, Zuttah went 4-2 in his matchups.
• Moore was owned by Zuttah, but Moore owned guard/center Brian Johnson in their two battles. Moore went through Johnson in both reps with ease.
• Wilkerson got another two tries at end and stayed unbeaten. While he had a mismatch going against a tight end in his first chance, this time he was against tackle Chris Clark. Wilkerson was held on the first try as he was going by Clark to the cone. The second battle had Wilkerson starting outside and cutting inside from the right end spot.
The final pair to square off was a definite advantage for the defense. Adams was up against tight end Alex Smith. Adams won both in a heartbeat. The more surprising and impressive win for Adams was the first rep where he used a bull rush to run Smith directly into the cone. A year ago, Adams did not have the strength and physicality to win on a pure bull rush. Adams won the final one-on-one with a quick first step to the outside, and then a spin move back to the inside. Adams was by Smith in an instant.
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