The Buccaneers took to the field in front of their fans at Raymond James Stadium on Friday evening for another practice on the road to Week 1.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took to the field at Raymond James Stadium for the first time in 2014 for Night Practice, an annual event aimed at getting fans excited for the season.
Just shy of 15,000 got a look at the team going through a normal practice (with a couple of contests thrown in), and here are some of the important updates.
Rick Brown of The Ledger noted that six players weren't practicing under the lights. Alterraun Verner, Rashaan Melvin and Mike Jenkins missed the previous practice, while Dashon Goldson has been limited throughout camp as he works his way back from injury. David Gettis pulled up during a recent practice, while Evan Dietrich-Smith had his foot stepped on and should be fine.
Oniel Cousins and Jamon Meredith got the start at guard in 9-on-7 drills, but the Bucs have been rotating the first-team guards during practices, so this isn't necessarily indicative of the battle so far.
We still won't truly know how things are going on the interior of the line until it's another team lined up against them in a preseason game, but for now, there are slivers of hope that at least one of the players battling for a spot can deliver an acceptable performance at the position this year.
There were apparently some really good battles in the one-on-one drills between linemen. Here are some of the highlights.
DE William Gholston with a nice bull rush against RT Demar Dotson in 1 on 1 drills #Bucs— Tom Krasniqi (@TKras) August 2, 2014
DT Clinton McDonald shows an explosive first step in 1 on 1 drills. He's having a good camp #Bucs— Tom Krasniqi (@TKras) August 2, 2014
1 on 1 drill-- DT Gerald McCoy blows right past G Jamon Meredith. Not even funny #Bucs— Tom Krasniqi (@TKras) August 2, 2014
(Many thanks to Tom Krasniqi for his updates!)
I don't think we learned anything new from these Tweets and photos, but that's not a bad thing. The Buccaneers' defensive line is more talented than the offensive line, but from time to time, the O-line gets some stops and wins some battles in camp.
Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) August 2, 2014
Mike James? The Miami product hasn't stood out in camp that often so far, but connecting on a trick play and getting positive comments during other parts of practice is encouraging for the team's depth at running back.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins was also a topic of discussion, as both TKras and Anthony Becht compared him to other tight ends in flattering fashion. Becht's Gronk comparison is one I made while watching his film and considering his athletic profile, and while he's got a long way to go, tonight's performance seems like a step in the right direction.
Mike Glennon stood out under the lights, and with no updates about Josh McCown, I'll provide the few bits of commentary about the Bucs' backup QB that popped up on Friday night.
WR Chris Owusu hauls in a long pass over the middle from QB Mike Glennon for a big play. Pretty throw by #8 #Bucs— Tom Krasniqi (@TKras) August 2, 2014
At #Buccaneers evening practice.... Glennon putting on a show (power, touch). Rookie Austin Seferian-Jenkins also having a good practice.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) August 2, 2014
Oops. QB Mike Glennon loses the football as he rolls to his right near the goal line in 7 on 7 drill #Bucs— Tom Krasniqi (@TKras) August 2, 2014
Glennon's big play came over the middle of the field, a place where he's very comfortable throwing the ball deep. (The long touchdown to Tiquan Underwood last season is a perfect example.) His accuracy to the sidelines remains a question that has been unanswered to this point in camp.
But Caplan's comments can't be ignored. There weren't many other quotes on the QB situation coming through on Twitter, so we're left with a neutral day for McCown and a positive day for Glennon, despite an uncontested fumble from the NC State product.
The real winners at QB on the night were Alex Tanney and Mike Kafka, who tied to win the QB competition (which featured multiple trick shots, something Tanney should have won easily, but apparently his YouTube days are just a distant memory).
Here are some assorted special teams tweets as the Bucs attempt to figure out who is going to return punts and kicks this year.
#Bucs doing KR drills. Patton had a decent return but nobody taking the bull by the horns yet in camp— WDAE 620 AM/95.3 FM (@620wdae) August 1, 2014
Herron just completely muffed a punt return with no one around him.— BucsBrief Podcast (@BucsBrief) August 1, 2014
Page has been clean catching punts— BucsBrief Podcast (@BucsBrief) August 1, 2014
Herron continues to prove that he's not a punt returner, and seems to only be getting a chance to return them in camp because he's fast and shifty.
Page and Patton are probably the best all-around return men on the team, but they'll have to be good enough as receivers as well to be members of the 53-man roster.
And the backup kicker won the field goal challenge, but don't expect a Derek Dimke-like surge in popularity for Patrick Murray. Connor Barth is a virtual lock to begin the year as the Bucs' kicker.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Night Practice is about to start! It's the yearly training camp event at Raymond James Stadium, with a slew of competitions and fan-oriented activities.
The events start at 5:00 PM with autograph sessions, and the players will take the field for warmups at 7:00 PM. Practice itself will start at 7:30 PM.
Keep an eye on the Twitter stream below to keep up to date with everything. Go Bucs!
Doug Martin is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' lead back again. But a year after an injury-shortened season, most fantasy football players don't see him as a premium target.
Doug Martin is a rare thing: a productive running back, scheduled to be his team's lead runner with no real competition for that position. Oh, sure, he'll have to give up some carries to Charles Sims and his other backups, but given that he got an insane 319 carries as a rookie, lowering his workload won't be all that big of a problem.
Jeff Tedford's history as an offensive coordinator suggests that Martin will get around 290 carries. That might be a little less if Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey and Mike James have a great preseason. Or it might be a little more if the Bucs feel they can't trust those players. But 290 carries would have ranked Doug Martin third last year.
Despite that, Martin is coming off the board as just the thirteenth running back on average in fantasy drafts. It's okay to be a little skeptical, but that's just absurd. Yes, Martin will see fewer receptions and fewer carries, but he should still be one of the most productive running backs in the NFL. Don't worry about his injury: the (healed) torn labrum shouldn't affect his ability to produce on the ground whatsoever.
One thing that will affect his production is the fact that he dropped a significant amount of body fat, looks faster and leaner in training camp and should be in better shape than he was last year. Significant competition should push him to improve his game as well.
The Muscle Hamster should get back to form this year after an off season. He's closer to the running back appeared to be in 2012 than the running back he was in 2013. With a renewed emphasis on the running game and a versatile offense, he's poised to jump back to the top of the fantasy world. And the ability to grab him as late as the third round in drafts should make him easily one of the biggest bargains in fantasy football.
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Pensacola, Florida, is really more like Alabama, culturally speaking. "Country strong" exists in the people who grow up there. Generations of roots go deep with hard work, back-road churches, southern heat and the simple life. I guess when you learn of where Tampa Bay Buccaneers legend Derrick Brooks was raised, the way he carried himself throughout his career shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
Derrick Dewan Brooks was born on April 18, 1973. Brooks, who didn't meet his biological father until he was 16 years old, was raised by his mother Gerri, grandmother Martha, and stepfather A.J. Mitchell-who married Brooks' mother when Derrick was six years old. As told by Brooks himself in a tribute made by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, "Finish what you start" became the motto, rule, and end-all be-all for Derrick's family growing up.
"The first year that I went out to play football was actually the only time I quit something. I was seven years old, and I was there for about an hour and I saw guys hittin' each other, and I said, ‘Dad, I don't want to do this'. He simply said (to me), ‘Hey, you get one time to do this. I'm not going to force you to do anything, but the next time that you start something, you're going to finish'."
Whether it was in academics, jobs or even sports, A.J. and Gerri Mitchell made sure when one of their three children made a commitment, they saw it through. Sports were a privilege; Brooks had to earn the right to participate in athletics by keeping up with his studies. From the moment he started playing sports, his mother made sure he knew if he wasn't able to maintain an "A" in the classroom - which she knew he could do - sports would be the first privilege taken away.
"They [Brooks' parents] just simply explained to me, that no matter how successful I would be in life, if I didn't know how to treat people or respect the rules, that I was going to be a failure."
At Booker T. Washington High School, Brooks excelled both on and off the field. At the end of his high school career, he was named the USA Today High School Defensive Player of the Year, a Parade All-American, and was rated the best defensive player in the country by Super Prep magazine. Off the field, Brooks learned the principle of putting others before yourself with the idea of charity - a principle Brooks would build upon as a player and as a person. His grandmother ran a makeshift soup kitchen out of her home where Derrick would help out during his childhood.
By 1991, Brooks had the grades and the talent to visit any university in the country, but ultimately decided to stay close to home, narrowing his choices to Florida, Auburn and Florida State.
Brooks' announcement of where he would attend college was held at his school football banquet. He had asked Florida State's Defensive Coordinator, Mickey Andrews, to attend, knowing in his heart that FSU would be his decision. But Andrews wondered if he should even show up - knowing he could get burned if Brooks decided to attend one of his rival schools. But Brooks' playful side showed again when he thought of a plan to make his future defensive coordinator sweat. After hearing Andrews' doubts, Brooks responded, "I'll tell you what coach, if you don't show up, I WON'T go to Florida State." But the trip proved to be worth it as Brooks finally put his recruitment circus to rest at the eruption of cheers when he announced he would be attending Florida State University - a school he chose for their academics as much as their football program.
Brooks started his career at FSU as a defensive back - more specifically a strong safety. Adjusting the college life was hard, but if you only watched Derrick on the field, you wouldn't have been able to tell; he became one of just two true freshman to earn a varsity letter in program history. During the following offseason, Brooks made the shift to outside linebacker. The transition was a smooth one and Brooks was able to make an immediate impact as a sophomore recording 98 tackles and earning First Team All-ACC.
The accolades gathered over Brooks' Seminole career were numerous. He finish as a two-time consensus All-American, a two-time finalist for the Vince Lombardi Award given to the nation's top lineman or linebacker, and a GTE Academic All-America who graduated five months early. All of this while being the defensive leader for FSU's first ever National Title in 1993.
But in a story told by ESPN's David Flemming back in 2003, there was a moment during Brooks' time at FSU that stood out above the rest, and it wasn't on the playing field.
During his junior season, Brooks' cousin was serving time at a prison work camp back in Pensacola. For some time, Brooks was reluctant to go visit him, despite his cousin's requests. But eventually Brooks caved and decided to take a couple of his teammates with him on the visit.
Flemming tells of how the ride to the prison was loud, filled with laughter and energy. But that attitude change when the three young men entered the prison walls for their visit.
"It hit us hard. It took our breath away. We couldn't help but see ourselves in those young black faces." - Omar Ellison, Brooks' teammate
As Flemming explains, the drive back to campus was polar opposite from the ride out. There was no music, no laughter, no talking at all. Silence dominated the ride until Brooks spoke up and said, "What happened to us? ... We are dying off in the streets and in jails, and the people we believe in to fix this - politicians, pastors, our fathers - are not doing anything."
Those words sparked conversation among the three. That conversation progressed until they all felt moved enough to pull off to the side of the road and make a promise to each other and to those in need that they would always "throw the rope back" to people the rest of society had given up on.
Entering the 1995 NFL season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had an active streak of 11 straight seasons with double-digit loses (the franchise had only recorded two winning seasons in their 20 years of existence). But it was the beginning of a new chapter for the Buccaneers as it would be the first season under the new ownership of the Glazer Family. The ink, quill and paper used to write that chapter were Warren Sapp, Tony Dungy and Derrick Brooks.
The Bucs had two picks in the first round of the 1995 draft. With their first, they chose a loud-mouthed, in-your-face, mean defensive tackle from the University of Miami. With their second, they chose a humble, head-down, effective linebacker out of FSU. Though these two picks were selections from rival schools, the players involved had established a bond long before - a bond that helped mold Brooks into the lead-by-example player he aspired to be.
Sapp and Brooks knew each other from high school football. Though they never attended the same school, they often played in state and regional all-star games together. Their friendship continued through college as Sapp even stayed in Brooks' dorm room during their freshmen seasons when Miami traveled to play Florida State in Tallahassee. When Sapp was drafted, Brooks was one of the first to congratulate him; 16 picks later, Sapp would do the same. These two opposite personalities were brought together through their intense desire to be the best, and they continued to build upon that desire and each other as new teammates in Tampa.
"We've been together since we were on the Florida/Georgia team together as 17-year-old kids coming out of high school. Then playing each other in college... I go to Florida State, I stayed in his room the first year Miami and Florida State played because I was a redshirt. Me and him shared so many moments and we're going to keep sharing for the rest of our lives.... five-five and nine-nine go together forever, baby!" - Warren Sapp
Brotherhood was a concept Brooks grew up with; it was never about me, it was always about us. That value continued to thrive with the addition of Tony Dungy in 1996. The new Tampa coach made it clear to all of his men that football was important, but the impact they had on the community around them and to those who looked up to them would be more important than any game they would ever play. When it came to anointing a leader of Dungy's new culture in Tampa, there was no man more qualified for the job on and off the field than Derrick Brooks.
"As [Dungy] said many times before, and I repeat it, if our mission was when you came into the leadership for us to win Super Bowls and that's it, we all lose. I really thank you for challenging me to really take that message and change the community. And I continue to try and do that today."
It didn't take long for Brooks to establish himself as one of the top linebackers on the team and in the league. By the year 2000 (five years pro), Brooks was appearing in his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl. He had recorded nearly 600 career tackles and led the Buccaneers to two straight playoff appearances including the NFC Championship game in 1999 - which they lost to the eventual Super Bowl Champion St. Louis Rams.
His time as a champion of football would be coming soon, but people began to realize Derrick Brooks was a special kind of champion long before the NFL gave him a ring to symbolize it.
When Brooks came into the NFL, one of his first orders of business was to establish a way he could get involved in the Tampa Bay community. Coming from a Boys and Girls Club growing up, he made arrangements to send a group of kids from the Tampa Bay area Boys and Girls Clubs to each Bucs game. It started off in 1996 with the young star linebacker visiting the local clubs to encourage the kids to do well in school. But after a while, he realize he had the resources to do more than just weekly visits. Brooks started to put together educational trips for the kids as a means of rewarding them for good grades - he called it "The Brooks Bunch". These trips started out small and in-state, but as years passed and success grew, he took them to Atlanta to visit the Martin Luther King Center, then the next year to Washington, D.C., to study government.
Brooks made it a priority to not only fund and allocate resources for these clubs and trips, but he made sure he was present at whatever event he was available for. Derrick was often the one leading the kids through places and excises, being very personable, getting to know ever child he could. Bertha Gary, director of Tampa's Ybor City Boys and Girls Club told Paul Attner of The Sporting News, "That's what really impresses me about Derrick. He is incredibly hands-on. He's not one of these athletes who gives money and has cameras take his picture, and then you never see him again. He is in the middle of everything. He doesn't dominate; he blends in. But he knows exactly what is happening."
Brooks has taken his Bunch all over the world. They've been to the city of New York, seen Oprah Winfey's studio in Chicago, visited the Golden Gate Bridge and Grand Canyon and even traveled to South Africa and Swaziland where they observed the prison where Nelson Mandela was held.
In an interview by Thomas George of the New York Times, Brooks told him that his charities are about expanding the kids' horizons: "I will not allow my group or anyone else to use the words ‘underprivileged kids' when talking about them. Sure, we've got students who come from homes with single parents, both parents, some being raised by their grandparents, and others, frankly, who are raising themselves. This group is about breaking down stereotypes. It's about educating themselves with these trips and then passing it on to their friends about the possibilities. It's a dynamic situation and I have earned their respect. Now my job is to live up to it."
Most fans simply admire who Derrick Brooks was on the football field - and for good reason. After all, he's being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But there's so much more that went into Derrick Brooks the human being than just the extra wind sprints, the concentrated work ethic and the desire to be the best at a game. "Finishing what you start", never forgetting to help your fellow man (or woman) and treating others like they're family, played as much of a part to who Derrick Brooks is, and this final football achievement he is about to obtain, than coaching or practicing could do on their own.
In 2000, Brooks was named the Walter Payton/NFL Man of the Year. In 2002, he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year, became the only linebacker in NFL history to return three interceptions for a touchdown in a single season, was selected to the Pro Bowl for the sixth straight time and hoisted the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy for the first time in Tampa. The following season, Brooks earned honors for the "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award and Bart Starr Man of the Year Award.
If you're keeping score at home that would make Derrick Brooks a one-time Player of the Year, a one-time Champion of the Year, and a three-time Man of the Year. A ratio I'm sure Brooks himself would be proud of.
"I hope I did my best to really make you celebrate… For those of you that looked at me as a leader, I hope I didn’t disappoint you. I tried to do it the right way, show up day in and day out… I’ve always said, and I’ll still say it before you guys, I’m the guy that’s going to grab the shovel and start digging. I’m not going to ask anyone else to dig."
Photo credit: Melina Vastola, Kirby Lee, Kim Klement, USA TODAY.
Here's your open thread for today. Night practice tonight! Who all is going?
Sander Philipse from buscnation.com talks Buccaneers football with Craig and Rod 7-31-14 | The Sports Buffet on AM 1300 THE ZONE
Talked some football on the radio.
Tampa Bay Bucs Training Camp: July 31 | Bucs Scene
Inside Bucs Practice 7-31: Game Plan Install And Two-Minute Drill-Pewter Report
More practice notes.
Buccaneers Camp Report: Day 6 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
All the practice notes.
JoeBucsFan.com " Blog Archive " Training Camp Notes & Observations — Day 6 - Tampa Bay Bucs Blog
Aaaand that's the last one.
Streeter makes good impression at Bucs camp | Tampa Bay Times
The hype is real. But is he real?
Wright Says His Ceiling Still High; Not Fazed By Competition-Pewter Report
How much will he even get on the field?
To Bucs teammates, No. 55 known as The Godfather | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times
Slightly less overweight, though.
Derrick Brooks gave Bucs a new attitude | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times
That was more Hardy, no?
Bucs Notes: Bowers impressive in first week | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times
Is he finally going to be productive?
Bucs Hot Reads: Lovie feels need for speed | TBO.com, The Tampa Tribune and The Tampa Times
Anyone remember the old Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit game?
On opponents, Derrick Brooks left a mark | Tampa Bay Times
And more Brooks.
Bucs' Mike Evans begins to learn NFL's lessons | Tampa Bay Times
Can he do well early on?
[Video] Peter King at Bucs Camp
Practice was open to the public once again on Thursday, and we saw progress from some of the early standouts in camp.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took to the practice field yet again on Thursday, and that meant more opportunities for the camp standouts of the first few days to shine again.
And they did just that.
The defenders had some very strong moments on Thursday, including a red-zone running drill dominated by the first-team defense. Michael Johnson and Lavonte David were in the backfield on every single play of the scrimmage, causing havoc and shutting down the running game for the offense.
The second-team defense wasn't as consistent, but Will Gholston did make a few splash plays during that period of play.
The defensive line for the second team kept Mike Glennon off his spot during 11-on-11 drills, as well. Gholston and Means have set themselves apart as the third and fourth-best defensive ends on the team, and they're overpowering the backup tackles on a regular basis.
The linebackers, including the aforementioned David, had a good day as well. Mason Foster's name could be heard from a defensive coach during run drills, praising his vision to seal up his gap and allow no clear path for the running backs. Doug Martin could never find a good space to run as Foster and David got downhill and hit their gaps to force Martin to change direction.
Ka'Lial Glaud made some plays in the backfield in scrimmages on Thursday, as well, while camp standout Danny Lansanah picked off a Mike Glennon pass in a seven-on-seven scrimmage.
The Bucs were thin at defensive back, with Mike Jenkins, Alterraun Verner and Rashaan Melvin sitting out, so Johnthan Banks was the lone first-team corner, with Deveron Carr and others filling in to help him out. Banks has looked pretty good in camp, but it was evident that the Bucs were thin at corner on the day.
Mark Barron made a nice interception on an overthrown pass from Josh McCown, continuing a solid camp for the young safety. Bradley McDougald also continues to involve himself in plays, as he tries to win the fourth safety spot from Keith Tandy and Kelcie McCray.
The quarterback battle is over. It's done. Close the case and file the paperwork.
Josh McCown's decision-making, vision, athleticism and accuracy continue to trump that of second-year quarterback Mike Glennon, and unless McCown suffers an injury or a Josh Freeman-like meltdown in the preseason, he'll be leading the Buccaneer offense for the foreseeable future.
McCown didn't have a perfect day on Thursday, but neither did Glennon, as both players misfired on occasion. But McCown was more accurate and made more big plays, while Glennon's inability to handle pressure or progress quickly through his reads became very obvious.
Don't just take my word for it, though. NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah (a former scout), and MMQB's Peter King both agree that McCown was the better player on the day, which has been true of every day of camp so far.
The running backs continue to look good when they get into space, as Doug Martin and Charles Sims both put in solid shifts on Thursday. Sims looked much quicker than anyone else on the field with the second-team offense, and I'd like to see him get reps with the first team just to get him up to speed against the best defenders available.
Jorvorskie Lane continues to lead the fullback battle, getting first-team reps and playing well.
Vincent Jackson has developed a very strong chemistry with Josh McCown already, as the veterans connected over and over in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11. Once the offense got into the red zone, Jackson was the target more often than not, and the result of the play was a touchdown more often than not.
Tommy Streeter made his usual appearance with a couple of nice grabs, while Eric Page, Robert Herron and Skye Dawson had their ups and downs. Page looks very, very quick, but did have a drop on Thursday.
The tight ends continue to be an area in need of improvement, as Tim Wright, Brandon Myers and Austin Seferian-Jenkins struggled in blocking drills, while Luke Stocker stood out. Stocker has seemingly yet to catch a pass more than five yards downfield in scrimmages, however, proving that despite being the best blocker of the bunch, he lacks in separation and athleticism downfield.
Wright, on the other hand, looks very good as a receiver, as does Seferian-Jenkins. Myers has had a very quiet camp all around, with no notable plays that I've seen.
The offensive line seems to be behind the defensive line when the two units go head to head. The guard situation is still very unsettled, and in a battle of former Bengals, Mike Johnson has trumped Anthony Collins on a few occasions. It's too early to know whether or not this is cause for alarm, however, as it could be Johnson's dominance and familiarity with Collins that's leading to his success.
The preseason will tell us so much more about the offensive line, as going up against Johnson, Gerald McCoy and the rest of the Tampa Bay defense is a tough task for any line, let alone one with the issues the Bucs have. But for now, it's still a big question mark, and the answers may not be on the roster at this moment in time.
Josh Freeman looked like the team's future franchise quarterback back in 2010, but he was never the same guy again. Mark Dominik wasn't convinced he was 'the guy' afterwards, either.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik appeared on 98.7 The Fan on the Fan Interference show and talked about a lot of different things. One of the things that stood out to me was the discussion of Josh Freeman and how close the Bucs came to extending him.
Mark Dominik focused on the uncertainty surrounding Freeman after the 2012 season. "We still weren't sure who Josh [Freeman] was as a quarterback yet," said Dominik. One of the consequences was that Dominik wasn't interested in signing Freeman to an extension after his 2012 season, even though he met with Freeman's representation.
"I met with his agents at the combine right after the 2012 season. Josh had just come off almost 4,000 yards, he had that great season. But I told them then I wasn't sure who Josh Freeman was as a quarterback yet. And for me, I'd rather pay more at that position and wait a year than see if I can get a discount. Say I can get Josh Freeman for $12 million per year for five years, what a savings at $60 million. But if I'm wrong, what's the impact? But if I wait just even one more season and pay him $18 or $19 million, I'm good."
Turns out that was the right decision.
Mark Dominik repeatedly talked about the 4,000 yards Josh Freeman put up that season, as some kind of evidence that he had a great season. Which is a pretty good indication as to why Dominik is no longer a general manager. Undoubtedly his own thought process was a little more complicated, but passing volume is not the same as quality of play.
Freeman's 2012 season was incredibly inconsistent, with a few very good games,and a few very poor ones. Most advanced statistics painted him as a significantly below-average quarterback. The raw numbers were eye-popping, but the actual statistical efficiency was not. Not signing him to a contract extension after the 2012 season wasn't a very complicated decision, or at least it shouldn't have been.
Training camp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued today. No Hard Knocks for them, but plenty to talk about, including a few more Vines of Vincent Jackson touchdowns.
Alterraun Verner and Rashaan Melvin are still sitting out practice, per Rick Brown, and Mike Jenkins has joined them. There were some tweets suggesting that Mark Barron was sidelined, but Leo saw him in practice. They probably confused Barron and Jenkins, who wears Barron's old #24. Lesson for your kids: if you want them healthy, don't let them be Bucs cornerbacks, I guess.
David Gettis was treated for an apparent hamstring injury, according to Rick Brown. Severity unknown. The veteran receiver hasn't gotten on the field since his rookie season because of a variety of lower-body injuries.
Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) July 31, 2014
Skye Dawson also joined that group of point returners, Scott Smith later noted.
Moving to kickoffs, some of them were handled by Connor Barth - reaffirming the notion that Michael Koenen's roster spot may not be entirely secure. Rick Brown says that Eric Page, Chris Owusu and Charles Sims got some looks as kickoff returners.
Patrick Omameh and Jace Daniels were the second-team guards in walkthroughs, per Leo. Just walkthroughs, but it's an indication that the Bucs are still rotating their guards. Later on, Leo noted that Oniel Cousins and Jamon Meredith were seen at guard with the first team.
Biggest difference between Bucs QBs: decisiveness. McCown much quicker through his progression.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) July 31, 2014
Tweets, pictures and Vines.
I was a little more selective with the Vines I decided to include today. If you want to see more, check out Leo's Twitter feed.
Gerald coaching up Masafilo and Means. pic.twitter.com/ukre0YMPwi— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 31, 2014
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) July 31, 2014
Punting! https://t.co/l52o17rfpi— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 31, 2014
Rainey with a hold. https://t.co/tj75ooMqfa— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 31, 2014
Wright beats Barron. https://t.co/NDGqamH6Qm— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 31, 2014
Owusu short over the middle. https://t.co/WJhcJojQlo— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 31, 2014
Rainey let's it bounce off of him. https://t.co/Z0fFw9bvk0— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 31, 2014
Sims has to go to ground for a Glennon pass. https://t.co/wDyLwiVIvX— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 31, 2014
Vincent with the touchdown and the fake dunk. https://t.co/PjV5ehbspu— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 31, 2014
Vincent. Touchdown. Again. https://t.co/zXXwDWK74P— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 31, 2014
Demps over the middle. https://t.co/eYNoZvHBUu— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 31, 2014
McCown overthrows Jackson for a pick. https://t.co/KCbEANvIXo— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 31, 2014
McCown climbs the pocket, page drops it. https://t.co/CSlMeWrJBj— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 31, 2014
Two minute drill continues. https://t.co/5wyi6aDKjl— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 31, 2014
McCown to Jackson. Get used to it. https://t.co/axhL6IrGdJ— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 31, 2014
Glennon tried to throw one to me! https://t.co/e1RYQM4lUe— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 31, 2014