Jackson Earns Player-Of-The-Day HonorAugust 13th, 2013
An outsider’s view of the Bucs-Patriots practice today pegged Vincent Jackson as the overall standout while Johnthan Banks was schooled but proved tough.
Pats beat writer Doug Kyed, of NESN, typed up notes. Here’s an excerpt:
Vincent Jackson was far and away the best player on the field at Gillette Stadium. The Buccaneers wide receiver schooled the Patriots’ defensive backs in the New England-Tampa Bay joint practice. It didn’t matter if Aqib Talib was covering him or rookie Logan Ryan, Jackson was going to come down with the ball. It was a sloppy day overall for the Patriots.
And it was a tough day for Bucs rookies, and apparently a sloppy one all around.
The weather was less than ideal with a haze covering the sky and occasional rain fall. There were dropped passes, sacks and missed throws, too. It wasn’t all bad for the Patriots, though. Zach Sudfeld continues to prove why his stock is currently soaring. Sudfeld was with the first-team offense for the majority of practice, catching passes from Tom Brady all day.
The play of the day came on a pass from Brady to Kenbrell Thompkins. Thompkins reached around Rashaan Melvin to make a one-handed grab. Other than a muffed punt return, Thompkins had another stellar day — which has become the norm — on the practice field.
*The Patriots were torching Johnthan Banks early on, but the rookie cornerback rebounded with a couple nice plays on fellow rookie Dobson.
*While working with the twos, Tavon Wilson tipped the ball up and picked off Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon. It was one of his best plays of the summer.
Hopefully, Banks grows from the experience — before Week 3 at New England.