Practice Thoughts And Observations

August 6th, 2012

Here are Joe’s impressions from another practice in full pads today at One Buc Palace.

*Tiquan Underwood continues to impress. A practice hasn’t gone by that he hasn’t made plays. Just might push Preston Parker/Arrelious Benn for No. 3 receiver. Really.

*Uh, oh. Preston Parker dropped a punt and drew the ire of special teams coach Bob Ligashesky. And then Michael Smith dropped a punt. Punts were no problem for Sammie Stroughter, who caught punts higher and tighter than the others.

*Ligashesky was on TE Zach Pianalto on his blocking technique on punt return, “Stay on this [block] until the other one shows up!”

*Bucs practicing two-minute drill and piping in simulated crowd noise. Sounds like a jet taking off. The giant speaker followed the Bucs down the field, usually parked for each play at the line of scrimmage.

*Freeman took a planned knee in a 2-minute drill and offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan was immediately all over him on what appeared to be a ball security issue. Sullivan and Freeman continued the conversation on the sideline for a good 10 seconds.

*Joe knows he has written this before, but it bears repeating: Either the Bucs passing unit significantly improved or Bucs secondary needs some work. Anthony Gaitor covering Vincent Jackson doesn’t look like a fair fight. Gaitor was flagged for interference.

*Joe isn’t sure yet if Leonard Johnson will make the team — and even he admits he needs to improve — but the kid can flipping hit people. Receivers may make a play on him, but there is a price to pay.

*Tiquan Underwood hauls in a nice pass over middle and hangs on after getting belted by Ahmad Black, who is having a very nice camp thus far.

*Greg Schiano is in midseason form. He upbraided a running back for  not “holding the ball to your chin” then later barked at someone, “pay attention!”

*Keith Tandy recovers to break up what should have been a 30-yard Josh Freeman pass to Preston Parker. Tandy was toasted on the play but to his credit did a nice job of recovering.

*Michael Smith and Ahmad Black exchange words along the sideline after a nice little gain by Smith. Black no longer a rookie. He sure looks like a different player.

*Last year’s preseason favorite WR Ed Gant made a few nice catches, underneath and a long ball from Brett Ratliff.

*Derrick Brooks had a long chat with Donald Penn after practice.

*Gerald McCoy had a very minor limp walking off the field.

7 Responses to “Practice Thoughts And Observations”

  1. MrGone Says:

    Thanks for the coverage, Joe, really appreciate it.

  2. TheRealVince Says:

    Great coverage Joe! Double Nickel was at practice, glad to hear it.

  3. SantosDatDude Says:

    thanks joe, great work!

  4. thomas 2.2 Says:

    “Gerald McCoy had a very minor limp walking off the field.” Um hmm.

  5. Piratic Says:

    Good stuff, Joe!

    Tell us more about #43, please. I didn’t see him play at UF, and I didn’t see much of him last season, so I don’t know his skill set. He’s sure to be somewhat fragile because of his small size, but if we can get 3-5 years of production out of him he’ll be well worth the 5th round investment.

  6. Tuggz Says:

    They screwed up taking a knee?

  7. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    Tuggz, just attention to detail. Players tend to get careless during practice because it’s not a real game. Schiano…just like Dungy years ago, wants total discipline during practices so it carries onto the field.

    And Freeman needs to focus on ball security, so it’s good to think him thinking about it all the time.