Notes From Bucs Practice No. 7

August 1st, 2013

nina stauffer

Here are some observations Joe had while watching Bucs practice No. 7 of training camp 2013. Joe has been to so many practices in so few days, he’s lost track of the day of week. But it is fun.

* Revis is in pads but may as well be in a Speedo as he is standing on sidelines with during position-specific drills.

* There are many areas of concern for the Bucs. Running back not among them. Doug Martin very sharp.

* Leonard Johnson with very sticky, physical coverage on Kevin Ogletree.

* Revis, Nicks, Joseph all on field at once. Albeit walk-throughs.

* Revis is “covering” VJax.

* VJax drops perfect pass from JF5 on a comeback.

* JF5 on a rollout hits Mike Williams in the hands on a crossing pattern. JF5 is absolutely on point today.

* Nate Byham with a catch along left sideline. Freeman has steadily improved each of last three practices. Really sharp thus far today.

* Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik sits for about 20 minutes in the bleachers with the proletariat Bucs fans.

* JF5 hits Mike Williams in the numbers along right sideline.

* JF5 threads needle between Dashon Goldson and Ahmad Black to VJax for touchdown in back of end zone.

* Mike Williams with diving catch from Mike Glennon. Later, Rashaan Melvin breaks up pass for Derek Hagan.

* Najee Goode tips pass for Zach Miller in end zone.

* Johnthan Banks misses easy pick.

* Freeman may be as accurate today as Joe has ever seen him. Mike Williams? He’s got a case of the dropsies today.

* Steven Means, playing RDE, flashing a little in backfield.

* Freeman bomb to Nate Byham along right sideline. “This Josh” needs to show up on Sundays. He is lights out accurate today.

* Freeman flushed left and hits tight end Tim Wright in the numbers.

* Even Mike Glennon throwing a bit better.

* Freeman over middle to VJax wide open and Freeman puts ball right in his breadbasket.

* Freeman has ball batted away by Steven Means and ball falls into hands of Doug Martin, who takes ball up left sideline for big gain.

* Freeman with a beautiful pass to Derek Hagan just off his hands down the right sideline but pass interference on Rashaan Melvin.

* Two-minute-drill time.

* Terrible snap from shotgun to JF5 and Means nearly has fumble recovery.

* Another JF5 bullet down the right sideline. Right. On. The. Numbers.

* MW19 on a comeback from JF5 right sideline. Not sure if Freeman has thrown a bad pass all morning.

* Don’t know if Josh Freeman has had a better training camp practice. Today, he looks every bit the franchise QB the Bucs have always hoped for.

* Running out of words to describe JF5’s accuracy today. If he plays like this on Sundays, Bucs offense could be downright scary.

* Another perfect pass. Joe had to shake his head a few times. JF5 is Brees-like today.

* Fake crowd noise!

* False start Gabe Carimi.

* Mike Glennon channels his inner Brett Favre by running right to avoid Means and throwing across the field to Nate Byham. You won’t often get away with that when the live bullets are flying, son.

* Glennon to Chris Owusu who runs about 30 yards down right sideline for TD.

* Glennon to Williams’ back shoulder in traffic for big gain

25 Responses to “Notes From Bucs Practice No. 7”

  1. Dan Says:

    so… i gather freeman is struggling?


  2. Walter Says:


  3. Scott Says:

    Reading all those comments about JF5 brings a smile to my face!

  4. SteveBucsFan Says:

    Joe, From the notes it sounds like Means is a beast out there. He could be the answer at DE as far as depth goes.

    What are your impressions of him?

  5. bucbucbuc Says:

    Awesome to hear that Freeman was on point today. Sure, it’s only training camp, but we need him in top form entering week 1 itself.

  6. BigSombrero Says:

    Whats up with Means? Sounds like he took over the practice.

  7. Joe Says:

    Whats up with Means? Sounds like he took over the practice.

    Not really but he flashed a few times against the first-team offense. His best practice thus far.

  8. Joe Says:


    Means has been invisible until today. Building blocks, building blocks.

  9. DJ Says:

    “Bree’s-like” music to my ears. If he can do that in a game, I just can’t see us losing

  10. SeanyMac in SC Says:

    So gald to hear Freeman having a better training camp. As Freeman goes, so to the Bucs.

  11. Deminion Says:

    @Joe so has bowers bn invisible ?

  12. BucfanBF Says:

    Free having a good week!! Good to HEAR…

  13. robert Says:

    one goes down, next man up.

    great to hear Means looks good. hopefully he’ll continue to sieze his opportunity.

    J5 lookin good- music to my ears.

    sound like Glennon has joined in on the fun.

    Helium in the football?

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    * Running out of words to describe JF5′s accuracy today. If he plays like this on Sundays, Bucs offense could be downright scary.

    Nuff said!

  15. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    “Brees-like”. Damn. These notes just made my day. Anxious for this season to start already.

    He just needs to continue to string these great practices together all the way into the regular season and we should be good.

    Just hope everybody stays healthy!

    Great work Joe! You have no idea how awesome this is for someone 2500 miles away. Thank you.

  16. Nic Says:

    Hopefully Freeman bottles that performance for the future!

  17. PRBucFan Says:

    Let’s hope this is a sign of better things to come.

    It’s no coincidence Means is shining only after AC went down,

    “Next man up”

  18. Free's A Boob Says:

    Freeman and Brees in the same sentence? You need the straightjacket fitting.

  19. WestCoastBucsFan Says:

    ^^Says the guy who wasn’t there.

  20. rocmontana Says:

    @free’s a boob were u at the practice? Sounds like a saints fan to me. No way your a bucs fan. Hater.

  21. Buc Fan #238 Says:

    Yep. This is what Free needs to do. I am glad to see him blow it up.

    Keep it goig Free.

  22. TPCMatt Says:

    You noted VJax dropping passes the last few days. I went to every practice last year, and observed the same thing. It obviously turned out to be nothing lastyear. He had a monster season. Hopefully the same holds true this year.

  23. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    In the last presser Schiano mentioned someone (Spence?) Being a better pass rusher than his college tape showed. He said he was getting faster. This is music to my ears, because when he first showed I thought he looked really slow.

    I guess it was because he was a little overwhelmed and unsure at first. If Spence becomes a good pass rusher we will maul offensive lines.

    As to Freeman, I knew he had it in him. I think most have felt that way. It’s the consistancy that he lacked, and he still needs to prove that aspect.

    But as always, I believe in the kid.

    Off topic…I was watching an interview on buc website and Spence mentioned how rookies are told to carry veterans bags but GMC came up from the start and carried Spences bags instead. Made quite the impression.

    That is a quality leader right there. The secret to leading well is to serve.

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    “It’s, it’s a little scary when you look at this division.” – 620 am Steve Duemig

    My Bucs are going to WIN the NFC South in 2013 Steve. Scary nothing so says I and NOBODY else. Remember that my Bucs brethren, remember WHO said it first. If I’m wrong call me out as a fool or use what ever words you care to use. If I’m right, don’t praise me as a guru. Just say that they are MY Bucs. You all will see soon enough. MY Bucs.

  25. Buc1987 Says:

    If you like, liken it to the nutjob in Braveheart saying Ireland as “MY island” as if it’s his island. So I’m the nutjob that says it’s MY Bucs. Meaning I know and you don’t. I know MY Bucs are going to win the South, because I know MY Bucs. Either way you heard it here first. I also know MY Bucs will re-sign Freeman after they win the division. Thus is why I bought my Freeman jersey to begin with. I call it like I see it people. If I saw it a different way I’d say it that way. On the other hand nobody knew what Schiano would bring to MY Bucs when he was hired. So I predicted about a 6-10 record last season, being he was a rookie coach coming from Rutgers, and I didn’t know that much about him. So I’ll play the nutjob roll. I expect no one to believe me when I say 2013 division champs. I’ll remain if I’m right or wrong. If I’m right I won’t gloat at all. If I’m wrong then fire away.