Training Camp Notes & Observations — Day 3July 27th, 2014
The pads came on!
What a fun day of practice at the swelter at One Buc Palace. Joe’s got all kinds of notes, including one Buccaneer (guess who?) falling on his face during a drill, losing the battle to a tackling dummy.
Let’s get right to that.
Joe zeroed in on defensive linemen firing through, one at a time, various drills on those dummies. The first was a pass-rush, sack-strip-the-QBs-arm drill, and others followed. The speed in undrafted rookie Chaz Sutton is supreme every time out.
Stephen Means drew praise. Da’Quan Bowers and Will Gholston looked slower than their counterparts.
Then the dummies were put much closer together, forcing D-linemen to focus more on tight hands work and more precise footwork. Mr. Bowers proceeded to trip over a dummy and fall over the one just after it. Since the idea was to get around the dummies, it was Bowers who resembled his cushioned opponent. Not a good look.
Every other lineman handled the tight-space drill.
What Joe will say is only one D-lineman drew loud ooohs and aaahs from fans nearby It was Gerald McCoy. Man, McCoy is setting the tone and looks to be in prime game shape. What an explosive presence.
*Rookie WR Robert Herron has great wheels, but he can also get in the air. He showed nice body control and hops hauling in a Mike Glennon pass during a drill.
*The first 11-on-11 session focuses on the running game and Doug Martin takes the first two carries up the gut.
*On the second Martin carry, the Bucs’ defense looks like a machine, with Jonathan Casillas meeting Martin in a big hole and standing him up. No gain.
*Defensive line coach Joe Cullen is furious after a big Bobby Rainey run.
*Fumbled snap by the third team.
*This ain’t no pansy Olympic practice. Jeff Demps is seen on one knee getting extra fluids. Teammates come over to see how he is.
*McCown intercepted. Throw was off-balance floater with no real pressure. Picked by Mason Foster.
*RB Mike James taking third-team reps.
*Interesting pass to Tim Wright out of the backfield. Big gain.
*Glennon looks very comfortable in the pocket. Smooth 15-yard completion to Skye Dawson.
*Glennon low throw on rollout to Lavelle Hawkins. No catch.
*Not good. Third-team defense has a massive jailbreak rush on second team offense. Neither time Glennon had a prayer.
*Drop! Vincent Jackson from McCown 40 yards downfield up the gut. Crowd gets on V-Jax.
*Great catch by Bobby Rainey on right flank with Lavonte David all over him. David motioned that Rainey’s feet were out of bounds. Joe’s not sure. Looked like a great 20-yard completion. Rainey looks sharp today.
*Rashaan Melvin is wearing a walking boot and is not practicing.
*Tommy Streeter catches a slant from McCown. Very precise execution.
*If Tommy Streeter is trying to stick out in practices so coaches have to notice him, he’s doing a helluva job. Strong play.
*McCown overthrow of Jackson with no pass rush on the field. Not McCown’s best day through two-thirds of practice.
*Safety Major Wright with a nice pass breakup on WR Russell Shepard. Nice throw 20 yards downfield by Glennon.
*Joe’s look-in on linemen going 1-on-1 on a side field reveals William Gholston driving back rookie guard Kadeem Edwards rather easily.
*Reserve tackle Matt Patchan absolutely manhandled Da’Quan Bowers, jamming him in chest throwing him off balance. Next play, Bowers blew by Patchan
*Three times in a row in one-on-one drills, Adrian Clayborn got the best of Demar Dotson.
*Louis Murphy and Eric Page show good hands (receiving team) during onsides kick drill.
*Nice touch pass from McCown to Lavelle Hawkins as 11-on-11 work returns. Pass rush was neutralized by the offensive line.
*Clinton McDonald in the backfield to snuff a Doug Martin run.
*Backup QB Alex Tanney sends in hand signals for nearly every play on the sideline, clearly practicing procedure in case electronic communication goes down.
*Gorgeous pass from Glennon to Jeff Demps down left flank about 30 yards. LB Dane Fletcher was left in the dust by the Olympian who was hit in stride. Wow throw of the day so far.
*Warren Sapp heard talking about flying to Canton for Hall of Fame ceremonies says he doesn’t fit on “Southwest” airlines. Needs more room from another airline.
*Will Gholston flies in from left side, jumps with arms raised and breaks up play. McCown must have thought it was an eclipse of the sun.
*Martin swallowed up during run up the gut. Defense clearly winning most line battles.
*Very nice cutback run from Charles Sims. Gets next handoff and takes a lick from hustling Euclid Cummings, the undrafted rookie battling to back up Gerald McCoy.
*Holding! Kadeem Edwards can’t contain Clinton McDonald. Rough introduction today for Edwards.
*Blitz by Lavonte David! McCown releases quickly to Louis Murphy in flat. Balls seems to go through his hands.
*Nice tough throw on three step drop from McCown to Mike Evans.
*Very nice fingertip catch by Tim Wright at sideline.
Stick with Joe for so much more through the afternoon and evening.