Practice Thoughts And ObservationsAugust 6th, 2012
Here are Joe’s impressions from another practice in full pads today at One Buc Palace.
*Tiquan Underwood continues to impress. A practice hasn’t gone by that he hasn’t made plays. Just might push Preston Parker/Arrelious Benn for No. 3 receiver. Really.
*Uh, oh. Preston Parker dropped a punt and drew the ire of special teams coach Bob Ligashesky. And then Michael Smith dropped a punt. Punts were no problem for Sammie Stroughter, who caught punts higher and tighter than the others.
*Ligashesky was on TE Zach Pianalto on his blocking technique on punt return, “Stay on this [block] until the other one shows up!”
*Bucs practicing two-minute drill and piping in simulated crowd noise. Sounds like a jet taking off. The giant speaker followed the Bucs down the field, usually parked for each play at the line of scrimmage.
*Freeman took a planned knee in a 2-minute drill and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan was immediately all over him on what appeared to be a ball security issue. Sullivan and Freeman continued the conversation on the sideline for a good 10 seconds.
*Joe knows he has written this before, but it bears repeating: Either the Bucs passing unit significantly improved or Bucs secondary needs some work. Anthony Gaitor covering Vincent Jackson doesn’t look like a fair fight. Gaitor was flagged for interference.
*Joe isn’t sure yet if Leonard Johnson will make the team — and even he admits he needs to improve — but the kid can flipping hit people. Receivers may make a play on him, but there is a price to pay.
*Tiquan Underwood hauls in a nice pass over middle and hangs on after getting belted by Ahmad Black, who is having a very nice camp thus far.
*Greg Schiano is in midseason form. He upbraided a running back for not “holding the ball to your chin” then later barked at someone, “pay attention!”
*Keith Tandy recovers to break up what should have been a 30-yard Josh Freeman pass to Preston Parker. Tandy was toasted on the play but to his credit did a nice job of recovering.
*Michael Smith and Ahmad Black exchange words along the sideline after a nice little gain by Smith. Black no longer a rookie. He sure looks like a different player.
*Last year’s preseason favorite WR Ed Gant made a few nice catches, underneath and a long ball from Brett Ratliff.
*Derrick Brooks had a long chat with Donald Penn after practice.
*Gerald McCoy had a very minor limp walking off the field.