Scenes And Sounds From Minicamp Day 1June 12th, 2012
Under blistering bright sunshine out at One Buc Palace today for the start of the Bucs’ three-day minicamp, Joe scanned the fields for two hours seeking the telling and interesting from the energetic New Schiano Order practice.
Here are some observations:
*Josh Freeman didn’t have his best day. He was picked off by Lavonte David, and at one point he missed three or four throws in a row during a red-zone simulation, 11-on-11 drill. There were other bad throws and Freeman just didn’t look his sharpest. At one point in a drill that forced quarterbacks to scramble and make a decision at roughly the 1 yard line, Freeman was told by what appeared to be QB coach Ron Turner to take another rep so he doesn’t finish on a bad note.
*On the flip side of Freeman’s interception was Lavonte David moving very well and really looking very comfortable and quick.
*Arrelious Benn got an earful from high-energy receivers coach P.J. Fleck after he dropped a pass in the end zone. “Open your hands.” Benn did some good things otherwise and was getting work returning kickoffs.
*Nobody seemed to have trouble getting open against E.J. Biggers.
*There’s no hitting or pads in these practices, but that doesn’t mean guys don’t move fast and get tangled up at times. Jeremy Trueblood found himself tripped up from behind and accidentally stepped on. Trueblood was not hurt significantly.
*Greg Schiano was furious after down-on-the-depth-chart rookie linebacker Antonio Leak busted through on what likely would have been a blocked punt. “That’s the second time that happened!” Schiano yelled.
*Mike Williams was returning some punts and he was being drilled by the special teams coaches to catch with “high elbows.”
*Freeman looks even thinner than he did last week.
*Freeman and Dan Orlovsky were pulled aside for what looked like a checkdown drill and were throwing to Dallas Clark and LeGarrette Blount, with Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams participating as targets about eight yards past Clark and Blount, respectively. No other players participated. Those trying to read into starting lineups can feel free to concoct theories off that.
*Yeah, it’s underwear practice, but Michael Smith is electric to watch on kickoff returns. Dude really has elite quickness.
*In a funny exchange while defensive backs were working on picking up fumbles (“knuckles on the ground!”) and finishing the play, Derrick Roberson picked up a wobbly, odd-bouncing ball and finished the play in the wrong direction. Greg Schiano just happened to be watching and yelled to Roberson, “We’re going to call you Jim Marshall if you do that.” Schiano then asked Roberson, “Do you know who Jim Marshall is?” Joe didn’t hear Roberson’s response. For those who don’t know how Marshall is, he had a famous wrong-way touchdown run in the 1960s, which stained his All-Pro career.
*The Schiano tempo didn’t let up in the summer temperatures. Screaming to have guys running to their next drill after 1 hour and 55 minutes of practice, Schiano barked, “This is how you’re going to feel at the end of the game. Push it right now.”
Stick with Joe throughout the day and all week for the latest on minicamp.