Day 5 – Training Camp Notes & Observations

August 6th, 2015


The full swelter was on today, as Bucs practice kicked off at 2:30 p.m. Joe’s got all kinds of news, notes and nuggets.


* Heavy Metal Day: First, Judas Priest, followed by Quiet Riot.

* Jameis Winston, America’s Quarterback, throws such a pretty, soft pass on short routes. For receivers to drop it is borderline inexcusable. Yet that happened once when Jameis lofted a pass to Doug Martin in the right flat. Drop. Ball was placed right in his hands.

* Jameis with another soft pass over the middle to Austin Seferian-Jenkins on a crossing route from the left.

* Van Hagar.

* Jameis finds Kenny Bell over the middle but Bell drops ball that hit him right in the numbers.

*Your punt returners today were again rookies Kaelin Clay, the sixth-round pick, Adam Humphries, Rannell Hall and Donteea Dye. That’s all rookies, for those keeping score.

*In punt coverage, Leonard Johnson gets chewed out for expecting a fair catch that wasn’t.

*Kickoff work sees Clay as the No. 1 returner with Bobby Rainey blocking in front of him. Clay is getting a lot of coaching today.

*Kenny Bell takes a kickoff and looks a lot slower than Clay. Hall and Dominique Brown also took returns.

* Think music is now Poison — the band, that is.

* More Judas Priest.

*Ali Marpet is your first team right guard and Kevin Pamphile is your first-team left tackle. Great day by Marpet handling Gerald McCoy. Two stories breaking that down already on

* Bucs’ O-line taking a hit today. Backup center Josh Allen in a boot and wearing requisite floppy hat.

* ASJ over the middle but is well-covered. So what did Jameis do? Throws the ball high so the defenders can’t get it. And ASJ goes high to pull it in.

* Journey.

* Jameis is red-hot. A 20-yard pass to the right side for Mike Evans. Bucs fans hope to see that early and often this fall.

* Motley Crue.

* ASJ again over the middle for a nice gain. This guy is a match-up nightmare for linebackers.

* Rookie receiver Rannell Hall goes up in traffic and hauls in a Jameis pass.

* Lotta drops on Winston so far. Easy, catchable balls.

* Mike Glennon makes a great, low throw to tight end Cameron Brate, 20 yards over the middle. Drop!

* Bon Jovi followed by Def Leopard.

* Jameis had ASJ over middle open but checked to Charles Sims.

* Jump ball from Jameis 30 yards down field on the right to Mike Evans into double coverage. Incomplete.

* Bell pulls away from LBs for a short catch from Jameis.

* Nice crowd at Bucs practice today. Close to full on steamy Thursday afternoon.

* Mike Jenkins seen coaching up bottom-of-the-roster cornerbacks Al-Haji Shabazz and Jude Adjei-Barimah.

* Survivor.

* Looked like Jameis tried to force a pass low to right side. Incomplete.

* Jameis looking fairly sharp today. Hits four in a row in 7-on-7, two to V-Jax, one to Charles Sims and one to Seferian-Jenkins.

* Glennon struggles a bit in 7-on-7, Danny Lansanah breaks up a Glennon throw to Mike James, who was never open on the play.

* Robert Herron makes a dazzling catch (again!) over the middle, skying high for a Glennon throw 20 yards down field.

* Billy Squier.

* Bucs take a water break to the tunes of the Scorpions.

* AC/DC now playing. Somewhere Jason Licht is head-banging.

* Jameis beautiful 60-yard pass for TD to Charles Sims. Interference ASJ. Still, fans erupt in glee.

* Jameis doing a better job today throwing away balls when nothing is there.

* More Scorpions. “Big City Lights.” Perfect for Jameis.

*Lovie Smith is seen giving props to Rannell Hall for hanging on to a tough catch over the middle in traffic.

* Boston. The Band.

* Jameis over middle on slant to V-Jax. To. The. House. 60 yards.

* Jameis to ASJ in tight double-coverage right on his hands. This is the sharpest Jameis has been. Mostly right on target.

* Van Halen.

*Herron gets a first-team look in 11-on-11 and shows his speed — and hands!  — on a crossing route.

* If Jameis throws anything in a game like he is today, Bucs fans will be beyond giddy.

*Bucs’ pass rush isn’t what it was yesterday. Good job O-line.

* There’s that Lansanah guy again breaking up a Glennon throw to Kenny Bell.

* Back to Bell from Glennon. Nice elevation on the catch.

*Mike Jenkins likes to be physical, dances the line of what’s acceptable in practice sometimes. He brings Brandon Myers to the ground after a Glennon connection.

*Diving grab by Brate in third-team work. Great catch.

*V-Drops! Ugly drop by Vincent Jackson.

*Jameis vs. the second-team defense isn’t fair. Touchdown throw to Robert Herron.

* Dozens of fans still hanging out after practice and autograph signing, beckoning Jameis to visit some 30 minutes after practice.

13 Responses to “Day 5 – Training Camp Notes & Observations”

  1. Yungry Says:

    Jameis to ASJ looks like its becoming the norm! This red zone attack will put shivers in the defense

  2. unbelievable Says:

    Thanks Joe!

  3. Buccfan37 Says:

    Nice recap! Could the defense have laid off the heavy pressure today? I can envision the Bucs scoring many TD’s by air, Sims will break some long gains.

  4. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Sounds good.

    Joe, one of you mentioned on the radio that you might be wondering if the defense was told ahead of time what offensive plays would be so the offensive line would get a hard workout.

    Maybe that ceased being the case and the defense went easier on them.

  5. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Good new about Marpet though.

  6. MAYNE ONE Says:

    11 or mo.
    Lets rock #3.

  7. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Winston’s just getting better. Can’t wait to see him next weekend if I can find a place that has the game.

  8. Owlykat Says:

    Herron is finally developing good hands. That means we have a good WR Coach. Marpet is beginning to develop too. Stopping McCoy is a big deal! Marpet has every measureable for an OL except he lacks long arms. Otherwise he could even play Tackle like he did at Hobart. I feel he will make a great RG but his best position is Center. When EDS finishes his contract look for Marpet to step right into Center, and can do so if EDS gets hurt this year. Rannel Hall should make this team with his great hands and great speed. We will need to keep him to play the slot if Bell replaces VJax when he retires.

  9. Owlykat Says:

    Joe, I would appreciate if you would take a look at Everett, who in the one on ones looked even better than Smith. He overpowered his opponents whereas Pamphile was not nearly as dominant and Edwards seems no better than last year where he was a bust. Pamphile will take a lot of time to develop the way our best Tackle had to go through before he became a RT a good while back. If Everett keeps it up he could make this team and Edwards could get the hook.

  10. Strider Says:

    After practice Jameis threw some more red zone work with ASJ hope they can don work this season.

  11. Abdominal Snowman Says:

    I;m surprised to hear Herron’s name so much. Basically thought of him as one and done epecially considering drafting Bell, Clay, and the emergence of Hall this camp. Seems Louis Murphey’s injury might just cost him a roster spot. We all know Herron has some great speed and if he keeps holding on to the rock we are going to have to make some tough decisions in the next couple weeks regarding this WR group.

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  13. Fsuking Says:

    Man I was so happy to get out there for the first time yesterday to really get a feel for our players. I was more than impressed with just about everything I saw. However I am extremely concerned about our Smith’s from the offensive line group. Donovan Smith is slow and still a ways away from the NFL level. I liked him until I saw him. Evan Smith could not hit the broad side of my house with a shotgun snap and I would take 10-1 odds against any of his under center snaps hitting the ground. The transition from center to QB is the easiest task in football, yet it seems like he just started playing yesterday as a freshman in high school until he starts blocking. (Which he does at a midrange NFL level)