More Notes From Day 1 Of MinicampApril 22nd, 2014
* Quarterbacks are practicing tossing the ball to each other while running the width of the field. Joe hasn’t seen this since he played in high school. Why practice throwing on the run? Joe will let you do the math.
* Roughly 20 minutes or so into practice, Joe has yet to see a ball hit the ground with quarterbacks throwing to receivers running routes. And just as Joe typed this, Lavelle Hawkins drops a pass.
* Mason Foster sticks like glue to Doug Martin who is coming out of backfield over the middle on a pass route and Foster hits Martin with a legal shiver hard enough to disrupt the Muscle Hamster’s route as the pass sails over his head.
* Fullback Josh Baker makes a beautiful, over-the-shoulder catch from Mike Kafka along the right sideline.
* Tight end Brandon Myers stretches out to haul in a pass from Mike Glennon.
* Former Bucs commander Greg Schiano may be gone but biting the football remains.
* Jonathan Casillas not as good of coverage on Doug Martin as Foster was. On a pass route over the middle, Martin gets separation to make a clean catch.
* Another difference from last year? Aside from a few encouraging words from coaches, there’s no hollering at all.
* Lovie Smith leisurely walking around, checking on stations. Quite the contrast from the sprinting and yelling of Schiano.
* Initially, the starting guards on the first team offense are Oniel Cousins at left guard and Patrick Omameh at right guard. Jamon Meredith also took reps at right guard.
* Scrimmaging begins – such as scrimmaging is when players are in shorts, helmets and no pads — and the air is suddenly filled with assistants barking orders from all corners.
* Track star Jeff Demps catches a pass in the left flat and zigs and zags his way through several would-be tacklers.
* On a pass down the middle, Major Wright goes for the pick, misses, and Hawkins secures the ball for a big gain.
Bucs seem to be working on a lot of short passes over the middle to both running backs and tight ends.
* Those new chrome helmets absolutely light up in the sun.