Observations From Wednesday’s PracticeAugust 8th, 2012
Here are Joe’s thoughts and observations from the final Bucs practice open to the pen and mic club prior to Friday’s preseason game at Miami.
* Bulk of practice involved second- and third-teamers.
* Injured Aqib Talib (nagging hamstring) could be seen jogging on one of the far fields at One Buc Palace.
* Dallas Clark made a sweet catch from Dan Orlovsky in the back of the end zone. He had to turn back to grab the slightly underthrown pass.
* Tight end Danny Noble made a nice catch while double-teamed.
* Muscle Hamster made two nice plays in a row. First, he ran through the defense for a good gain, then caught the ball out of the backfield and ran left for what appeared to be another first down.
* Luke Stocker makes a big gain while on a crossing pattern while running left.
* After a bad snap from shotgun, Josh Freeman scoops up the ball and is still able to get the handoff to Mossis Madu.
* Tiquan Underwood has really been one of the standout receivers in training camp. But Wednesday Underwood showed he could block too. On a short pass to tight end Colin Franklin down the left sideline, Underwood raced in front of him, directing traffic.
* Orlovsky wasn’t able to get off a snap in time during a two-minute drill, which seemed to raise the blood pressure Greg Schiano. With whistle still in mouth, Schiano stared at Orlovsky for a moment before looking down and walking away, shaking his head.
* Tampa native and Florida International product Greg Ellingson made a sweet diving catch while surrounded by three defenders for a 20-yard gain.
* Keith Tandy uses hand-to-hand combat against a receiver to break up a would-be touchdown pass in the far left corner of the end zone.
* Armahd Lewis has a pass go just off his outstretched fingertips. It was ruled a fumble, scooped up by Cody Grimm. This may be the first play Joe can remember Grimm making in quite sometime.
* With the blaring simulated crowd noise starting, Schiano takes to his bullhorn. “Listen up! Situation: 1:22, no timeouts. We need a touchdown!”
* Vincent Jackson splits the defense for a good gain.
* Good thing Josh Freeman was wearing a no-contact jersey. The defense in the two-minute drill displayed a strong pass rush, including Eric Wright on a couple of blitzes. On one blitz, Ronde Barber joined Wright in the backfield at roughly the same time as Gerald McCoy. On another play, Wright came flying in from the right side untouched and as he ran past Freeman, he raised his right arm in celebration of the would-be sack.
* Leonard Johnson gets away with a hold on an incomplete pass aimed for Mike Williams.
* An Amobi Okoye sighting! The Bucs defensive tackle got to Freeman on a bullrush to record a faux sack.