PewterReport.com will offer a daily recap encompassing all that took place during the course of each 2016 training camp practice. Each day PewterReport.com will detail conditions, injuries, transactions, news and notes while also having a ‘Quote of the Day’ from a player and head coach Dirk Koetter. Of course, we will also post multiple full-length articles and daily blogs to go along with the ‘News to Know’ feature. Come back throughout the day for the best Bucs training camp coverage.
The players and those in attendance for Military Appreciation Day, we granted a reprieve from the oppressing heat of Thursday, as dark clouds blocked the sun for a majority of the practice. As the workout ended the sun made a return but was no where near the humid and hot conditions of Thursday. Temperatures were in the low 80’s for most of practice on Friday.
There were no reported injuries during the practice, however J.R. Sweezy (back) Louis Murphy (knee) were observers on Friday as they are still recovering from injuries.
The Buccaneers made no roster moves prior to practice starting on Friday.
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Friday’s practice was a little slower paced practice as it appeared it was more of a teaching workout. The structure of the practice was virtually the same as Day 1, but the tempo was a little different. Still the team got in a lot of quality work, and the players most likely appreciated that the cloudy conditions that keep temperatures from becoming unbearable.
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• Quarterback Jameis Winston tossed his first interception of training camp, throwing a bad ball that cornerback Brent Grimes was able to corral. Head coach Dirk Koetter talked about the interception following practice.
“Yeah, well, that was a nice play by Brent. That wasn’t a great decision by Jameis unfortunately. That was actually probably Jameis’s first bad decision in two days. But we’ve been getting after Grimes with some double move, but he got us on that one.”
Winston was steady for the most part. Basically a typical Winston practice, some, good, some bad, and some in between. Developing more chemistry and timing with his receivers is the biggest goal Koetter and his staff are looking for most likely. And it appears Winston and Evans are getting more in tune with each other. The duo connected multiple times on Friday, particularly with slants across the middle. Something Bucs opponents were able to do at will last season, but something the Bucs offense didn’t seem to run too many on their own.
• Cornerback Brent Grimes showed off why the Buccaneers were willing to shell out $16 million to sign the former Dolphins and Falcons Pro Bowler. Grimes picked off Winston once and should have come down with second one earlier in the day. While Grimes’ size it a fair question to debate, he displayed great athleticism with his vertical during Friday’s practice. You can see why Jason Licht isn’t too concerned with Grimes being just under six-foot tall.
• Another shorter than ideal cornerback, Vernon Hargreaves spent his practice splitting time between playing the outside corner spot and the nickel position. Hargreaves worked with the second team on Friday and displayed the skills that made him the overall No. 11 pick in last April’s NFL Draft. The former Gator was playing inside late in practice when a running back came out of the backfield on a wheel route. Hargreaves caught the back moving down the side line and turned his body nearly all the way around and was able to recover and run step for step with the back. It wasn’t an easy play, but that is exactly the type of awareness and athleticism Hargreaves displayed at the University of Florida for the Gators.
• The Bucs used multiple lineups, platooning defensive linemen on a regular basis, so determining who were starters wasn’t easy. The most consistent lineup defensively had Jacquies Smith, Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald and Robert Ayers on the defensive line with Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander and Daryl Smith as the linebackers. The secondary consisted of Chris Conte and Bradley McDougald at safety with Alterraun Verner and Brent Grimes at cornerback.
At times though Noah Spence was seen with playing both defensive ends spots, along with George Johnson and William Gholston. Gholston also moved to the inside at times, spelling McCoy.
• The offensive line starts had Demar Dotson, Ali Marpet, Joe Hawley, Kevin Pamphile and Donovan Smith as first team starters.
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It’s exciting. Dirk’s [Koetter] doing a great job to go from where he was to [taking] over the reins, the staff that he brought in around him, I absolutely really respect these guys and the way that they’re going about teaching the team and the way that they’re handling their business and preparing us. So I feel like we’re a little bit further advanced than we were this time last year.” – Vincent Jackson on the continuity of being in the same Dirk Koetter offense two years in a row
KOETTER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Well, no one like to see drops. But we’re kidding ourselves if we think we’re never going to drop any balls. I’ve found in my career that the worst thing you can say to a guy when he drops a ball is, ‘Don’t drop the ball.’ Maybe we should coach him on how to do it better, maybe we should tell him to focus on watching it in, and I thought Mike did a good job of that today.” – Koetter on what to do when receivers are dropping balls in games and practice
The Buccaneers will be on the practice field both Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8:45 a.m and each practice is open to the public.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
Ahhh, yes – this feeling of excitement for the upcoming season is only tempered somewhat by the thought of the accompanying Chicago winter…But your Bucs coat FEELS warmer when they are winning! Hope you locals enjoy watching it live this weekend! Thanks PR!!
It’s already winter in Chicago?
He said the winter that accompanies the season. The season isn’t here yet.
-I feel you bro. I’m from that area but been here in Florida since 1982.
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