Training Camp Notes & Observations — Day 1July 25th, 2014
It’s Joe’s daily practice notes and observations. Joe’s your eyes and ears at practice.
After stretching, players get into about five minutes of drills before practice is halted for nearly two hours for lightning. But the players got back on the field for about 30 minutes of work.
*In the little bit of pass-play installation work seen against defense (but no linemen) Chris Owusu and Vincent Jackson are the receivers with the first team. Rookie Mike Evans is waiting his turn. A handful of two-tight-end looks with Tim Wright and Brandon Myers.
*Evans jumped in with the second team, which means he was seeing balls come from the hand of the quarterback of the future, Mike Glennon. No. 8 throws behind Evans and short. They’re out of sync.
*Glennon then overthrows Eric Page deep.
*Glennon completes short to fullback Lonnie Pryoer
*Rookie WR Robert Herron snatches a Glennon ball over the middle and flashes his crazy wheels to the end zone.
*Josh McCown threading needle with quick outs to right sideline to Tim Wright.
*Fans cheer for a complete McCown long ball complete on the right flank.
*Bad hands by Solomon Patton during drill work.
*Eric Page is the No. 1 kick returner in the rotation.
*Gosh, Luke Stocker looks slow compared to his Bucs brethren at the position.
*Lavonte David seems to be playing lower to the ground at the snap of the ball.
*eye-RAH! Kaufman, of The Tampa Tribune, is spotted having a long private chat with Joel Glazer.
*AAANNNDDD there’s the second lightning alarm of practice. Players quickly scatter back to locker room. It sounded like the D-Day landings there was so much thunder over South Tampa.
*In the locker room, Carl Nicks’ jersey was hanging in his locker, a tribute to the departed Buccaneer.
Quick Lovie news conference nuggets:
Lovie admits he is biased, but GMC the best defensive inside player in the NFL. Untradeable.
Lovie: “Weight most overrated thing there is. Strength and speed is what counts.”
Lovie said he spent too much time on Redington Beach to watch what Michael Johnson did in Cincinnati. #sarcasm
Lovie is no Jim Bates. He said team as a whole needed to drop weight. He is pleased they have heeded his words.
Lovie said he didn’t need an alarm clock recently he was so excited about leading another team into training camp.
Lovie on shortened practice: just another lesson in dealing with adversity.