Minicamp Day 2 Notes & Observations

June 15th, 2016


Your beloved Buccaneers were back on the practice fields of One Buc Palace today with the second mandatory minicamp session. Joe’s got plenty of nuggets.

*Today, there are more V.I.P. fans sitting in lawn chairs behind one of the practice fields. The super smart ones brought umbrellas for this crazy heat! A fan approached one of the six barrels full of bottled water behind the practice field and said, “This won’t last long.” You’ve got that right, Chief.

*America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, is handling no-huddle work like a pro. He keeps it loose on the sideline afterwards with banter among teammates, which is good to see.

*Whoa, the Bucs ran a quarterback sneak out of the no-huddle!

*Austin Seferian-Jenkins tripped on a comeback route when trying to catch a pass from Jameis. Some staffer yelled, “Ahhh!” after watching the missed connection.

*A young boy is wearing a white Josh Freeman Bucs jersey. Get that kid a Jameis jersey, stat!

*Mike Evans dropped a pass near the end zone in a 7-on-7 drill and yelled a word not fit for a family website.

* Speaking of fans, one guy (smartly) wearing a sombrero for shade carried a large cardboard “D” painted red. He walked up and down the sidelines encouraging the defense to stop the offense. Yes, in underwear football. This guy’s ready for the regular season.

*Evan Smith is lined up as a linebacker in some walkthroughs. He looks as athletic there as you would imagine.

*Lots of walkthroughs today. Seems like more than yesterday. Donteea Dye is trying to stay cool on the field by wearing a white towel draped over his head.

*INTERCEPTION! Keith Tandy picks off Mike Glennon.

*ANOTHER INTERCEPTION! That’s a physical move by Kwon Alexander to corral a pick in the end zone on a pass from Jameis. Alexander looks like a beast among boys out there sometimes.

*The vet still has it! Alterraun Verner makes a diving pick on a pass by Jameis.

* Look out: Bucs security and cops are searching through the crowd. Apparently someone pilfered a practice football.

*The Great Roberto Aguayo Watch: He made 6-for-8 field goals, just like yesterday. Joe senses a pattern, FSU fans!

*Ryan Griffin and Dan LeFevour throw to Andre Davis and Freddy Martino after practice

*Tough Crowd: On a Mike Glennon pass towards Kenny Bell on the goal line, it was a well-defended pass that would have been a tough play to make. Bell did not make the catch. A woman walking by hollered, “Nice catch, Kenny Bell!”

* Joe remembers asking Vernon Hargreaves back at the NFL Scouting Combine to respond to critics claiming he is too short to play corner in the NFL. His response was classic, “If you can ball, you can ball.” Well, Hargreaves demonstrated this late in practice. Glennon was trying to complete a pass on the right side at the goal line when Hargreaves came racing in from the middle of the field, jumped in front of the receiver, skied as if he was pulling down a rebound but instead, pulled down the football as he slammed into the turf but never let the football loose. Interception. Folks, he can ball.

* There are officials at minicamp this week and they sure blew a call in the end zone. Mike Evans ran what looked to be a post pattern and was mugged by Chris Conte and Alterraun Verner. No flag.

* Topless football just looks weird. Bucs go through an 11-on-11 drill that is more of a walkthrough without helmets. Bucs seem to do this every 20 minutes or so for a brief respite in the brutal Florida summer sun (yes, summer is next week, officially).

* Topless period over and the music resumes. Someone broke into Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht’s iPod. “If You Want Blood” blares from the loudspeakers, featuring Bon Scott on vocals, of course.

* Noah Spence is one quick dude. He just flew in from the right side. Was a big red blur. Spence mostly works with the second team defense and at one point, had an odd move. With his hand in the dirt, at the snap of the ball, he bounced backwards almost as if he expected a pass in the flat as Donovan Smith charged him. Instead, it was a run to the offense’s right side opposite of Spence. Joe also noticed Spence rushing from a standing position at times.

* Yes, Robert Ayers is working with the first team. Seems to be getting pressure, but again, this is underwear football. Looks can and sometimes will deceive.

*Some funk fills the air of the practice fields at One Buc Palace. James Brown’s “Good Foot” gets some fans moving in the oven-like conditions.

14 Responses to “Minicamp Day 2 Notes & Observations”

  1. Pawel Says:

    This was a tease, can we get some notes or video on Vitale!

  2. RustyRhinos Says:

    Thanks for all you do for us Buccaneer fans Joe! It can not be said enough, you and all of those who work with you to keep this site running make many different locations of fans much happier and more informed multiple times a day. Bravo!

    How is the team focus Joe, and any other posters here who have been going to the workouts. It is now that the “nose to the grindstone” work pays off later on during the season. Staying focused on team unity and team enthusiasm toward doing the same old same old drills and plays, pays off during the season. I know other Pro teams all do this in camp. But I want to know if there is a different view from the eyeball test, learning to hustle takes time to master until it becomes the way you do it.

    Go Bucs!

  3. Pickgrin Says:

    Nice practice notes Joe. These random practice observations are always great and one of the best things you guys put out. Keep up the good work.

    Would love to see a video of the VH3 play you described.

    Sounds like they do a good job with the music choices played while practicing.

  4. Bird Says:

    Think Hargreaves has a pick each practice. Joe probably could confirm. I know it’s underwear football but the dude seems to find the ball consistently

  5. pick6 Says:

    i’m curious as to whether mike evans complained about the blown call or just went back to work. there’s alot you can’t tell from underwear football but that would be a telling sign about mike’s progress with his mental game

  6. SB with Jameis Says:

    If Hargreaves is like this in real action then we are in for some Real Excitement Bucs fans!!!!
    Improved secondary, improved pass rush, And improved LB corps?????!!!!!!!!
    I feel like Bart Star right now. 🙂

  7. Jason Says:

    Assuming you really did mean to type “Evan Smith,” why would he line up at linebacker? Or did you mean Daryl Smith?
    Regardless, thanks for the great updates Joe!

  8. SB with Jameis Says:

    Oh and pardon my manners. THANKS so much Joes for these observations. Gets my football juices flowing.

  9. SB with Jameis Says:

    Jason, pretty sure he meant what he said as he alluded to how un-athletic he looked at LB

  10. Waterboy Says:

    Thanks for clearing that up, I was just thinking to myself what the check is EDS doing lining up at LB but you’re probably right Joe meant Daryl Smith.

    Glad to hear you’re finally seeing Spence’s speed! I know as of last week you commented that he didn’t look noticeably quick in underwear football.

  11. DB55 Says:

    I take it that TBBF was walking around with the big “D”. Lol

    Not only is Hargraves impressing the coaches but coach heaped some praise on him too. Good stuff!

  12. Buccfan37 Says:

    Sounds like pick city at the practice.

  13. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    EDS is lined at MLB in walk throughs… The offense and defense will practice separately sometimes, during which they’ll use whatever they’ve got to mimic the opposing offensive or defensive formation. No real speed or even actual execution during walk throughs. They’re usually meant more for mental reps for formation, audibles, new plays ext.

  14. firethecannons Says:

    Yeah, thanks Joe–appreciate these notes/updates, all of it. Live in Az so I don’t get updates here. Man–I hope Bucs beat the cardinals, OMG! that would be awesome, the radio station out here thinks cardinals are superbowl bound. I am not a cardinals fan.