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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. This is Pewter Report’s second Scorecard between the Buccaneers offensive and defensive lines.
The defense won the session 16-13, but seven of the snaps involved tight ends on the offensive side. Of the 29 reps that Pewter Report witnessed, here is how the action went down.
• Tight end Ben Troupe showed better blocking technique against defensive end Marques Douglas, who is a power rusher. He handled Douglas’ inside move quite well.
• On the next snap, Troupe negated Douglas’ spin move and kept him from the cone, which represented the quarterback.
• Defensive end Kevin Carter lined up on the left side and squared off against right tackle Anthony Davis. Carter dashed inside of Davis and easily beat him.
• Carter rushed hard to the outside on the next play and easily beat Davis, who had problems with his footwork.
• Defensive tackle Ryan Sims squared off against guard Chris Denman and easily beat him with a powerful bull rush.
• Denman didn’t fare much better on the next snap as Sims beat him inside with a strong rip move.
• Rookie Jeremy Zuttah got a couple of snaps at center in the 1-on-1 period. On the first rep, nose tackle Chris Hovan easily won with an easy rip move to the outside.
• On the next rep, Zuttah held his own and anchored well, beating Hovan, who was charging hard with a bull rush.
• Guard Brian Johnson handled defensive tackle Greg Peterson’s outside rush well and won the initial battle.
• Peterson got the best of Johnson on the next rep, beating him with a bull rush by getting under his pads and driving him straight back.
• Left tackle Dennis Roland looked impressive holding defensive end Gaines Adams at bay. Adams was charging hard with an outside bull rush.
• Adams rebounded on the next rep and used his calling card – his speed – to swerve around Roland’s mammoth wingspan to get to the cone with a hard outside rush.
• Roland took an additional rep at left tackle against Charles Bennett, winning the battle by stymieing his double move. Bennett rushed outside before trying to come back inside.
• Troupe got a rep on the left side against Bennett, who tried the same double move – and failed. Troupe anchored well and showed good balance.
• Troupe then took a rep against Adams and handled his outside bull rush very well, denying Adams on that rep.
• Davis was up next at right tackle and redeemed himself against left defensive end Greg White, who tried to run around Davis.
• White did win the rematch by blowing past Davis inside with a wicked spin move.
• With Davin Joseph sitting out this drill, Zuttah got some reps at right guard against fellow rookie Dre Moore. Moore got off the ball quickly and brought the power with a bull rush, but he was ultimately stopped by Zuttah.
• On the next rep, Moore gave up his inside shoulder to Zuttah who pushed him to the ground, easily winning the rematch.
• On the third rep, Moore came with a spin move right off the bat, but Zuttah once again easily won the rep with superior balance, knee bend and technique.
• Center Dan Buenning was up next, squaring off against unheralded Chris Bradwell. Bradwell gets off the snap very quickly and beat Buenning with a bull rush before he could get anchored.
• Bradwell won the next snap over Buenning in an easier fashion with an ultra-quick swim move.
• Johnson squared off against Hovan, who beat him with a sharp outside rush.
• On the next snap, Hovan schooled Johnson with an easy rip move to the inside.
• Left tackle Chris Clark rose up and stuffed Adams’ bull rush on the first battle between the two.
• On the next rep, Clark was able to get a good jump on Adams and shut down his outside speed rush.
• Tight end Alex Smith got in a trio of snaps against Bennett, winning the first one in great fashion. Bennett charged outside, but came back inside where he was neutralized by Smith, who did a good job of shuffling his feet and keeping his base.
• Smith beat Bennett’s double move in the exact same fashion on the second snap.
• Bennett’s combination finally scored a win over Smith as he started off outside and then did an outside spin to finally get around the tight end.
After Bennett’s last rep he went over to head trainer Todd Toriscelli, who escorted the third-year defensive end inside for an I.V. and treated him for heat exhaustion and dehydration.
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