Bucs Practice Notes: Minicamp Day 1April 22nd, 2014
Here’s a pile of nuggets to quench your thirst for Bucs happenings, and Joe’s got much more to share later.
Your Bucs took to the practice fields at One Buc Palace for the first time under Lovie Smith this afternoon. The sun was shining, and it was clear that one Pro Bowler is getting an education.
New Bucs cornerbacks coach Gil Byrd, the former Chargers Pro Bowl player, is an intense guy. And he was clearly doing a lot of passionate teaching to new Bucs Pro Bowl cornerback Alterraun Verner.
Byrd was getting after Verner to “be patient” and keep his “head up.” It appeared that Byrd was dialed into stressing the nuances of the Tampa-2 defense to Verner. At one point, Verner appeared out of position and not swarming to the receiver after a short catch, but that play drew loud raves from Byrd: “A.V., very nice. Good vision.” Byrd liked how Verner understood where he was supposed to be and was aware of his teammates and the sidelines.
There was a lot of chatter from Byrd to Verner about classroom lessons playing out on the field.
*Lovie Smith is a quiet observer of practice, bouncing around and letting his coaches work. Joe did hear Lovie at one point step in to the cornerbacks during coverage/pass catching drills. “Don’t guess,” Lovie barked.
*The 1-on-1 receiver/cornerback drills started off on a high note. Vincent Jackson caught a sharp ball from Josh McCown. “First one, there we go,” yelled new receivers coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker.
*Mike Glennon with a nice timing throw to Skye Dawson.
*Eric Page got the most praise among receivers, for his hands and overall.
*Lavelle Hawkins recorded the first drop of the new era, a high but catchable throw from Glennon.
*Major Wright stripped Tim Wright after a catch.
*Glennon tossed a bad ball to V-Jax on a short out. Incomplete. Followed up with a good, crisp short ball to Dawson.
*First big “TD” of the day tossed by McCown to WR prospect Tommy Streeter. He beat Deveron Carr.
*Dawson beat Rashaan Melvin for the next big play of the afternoon.
*Yes, details aren’t just for Greg Schiano. Special teams coach Kevin O’Dea was demonstratively coaching up tight end Steve Maneri to “Move your feet up six inches” during punt team work.
*Offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford was rather quiet. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t coaching, only that he’s not a screamer. However, Joe saw Tedford get animated after another Hawkins drop over the middle of the field. “Hawk, run through that ball. You don’t need to jump,” Tedford barked.
*Chris Owusu and Page got a lot of first-team reps, meaning they lined up in a lot of drills with McCown and plenty of balls thrown their way.
*Owusu records an ugly drop with the first team.
*A Luke Stocker sighting! He had a one-hand grab from Mike Glennon. Impressive catch in stride.
*Eric Page took all the punt return reps.
*Jeff Demps on punt coverage team really got a chance to show his speed, as in how much faster he is than everyone else.
Of course, stick with Joe all day and night and week for much more.