Thursday Practice Notes & Observations

June 2nd, 2016


It was another day of underwear football at One Buc Palace, a steamy OTA practice just 101 days from opening day. Joe’s got plenty.

*Offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Todd Monken is all fired up as practice begins.

*Former Bucs quarterback Shaun King, one of three QBs to lead Tampa Bay to the NFC Championship game, is in the house and on the sidelines. King spends extended 1-on-1 time with Bucs general manager Jason Licht.

*McCoy, jokes after going through a drill, yelling, “Oh, it’s cold!” McCoy wore long sleeves and pants in the searing heat.

*”That’s it. Beautiful,” yells defensive line coach Jay Hayes to Will Gholston after burning through a pass rush drill hitting the dummies.

*11-on-11 starts and America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, is picked off by newcomer linebacker Daryl Smith. Jameis throws a dart right and in the slot and Smith jumps the route and takes off.

*Jameis complete to Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Nice completion, but ASJ would have been blown up by if it were a real game. No hitting in OTAs.

*Mike Glennon steps in and throws left complete to Mike James. Next is a 15-yard Glennon strike in heavy traffic to Russell Shepard.

*Back to drills and Will Gholston is barked at by Jay Hayes and drops to do what looks like eight pushups in the middle of a hands drill.

*Noah Spence gets coached up big time by Hayes. (video here)

*Man, defensive end Howard Jones (five sacks last year) looks damn quick in drills. Fastest of the D-linemen. Yes, Joe spent a lot of time on the D-line today.

*”That’s the way to turn it, big boy,” Hayes yells to Gerald McCoy on the dummies. Hayes seems to gush over McCoy repeatedly.

*Drop! Camp meat tight end Kivon Cartwright.

*Bucs look very sharp in drills with quarterbacks and receivers. (This will change soon, though)

*Mike Evans, from Jameis, with a great catch adjusting in the air on a ball thrown intentionally high but a shade behind him. A true “wow” moment admired by his teammates.

*Glennon overthrows a target, followed by QB Ryan Griffin with an overthrow. Glennon then throws behind his next victim.

*Diving grab by wide receiver Evan Spencer, second-year man out of Ohio State. He lived on the practice squad last season.

*Another drop by Cartwright.

*In 7-on-7 work, Mike Evans drops an easy one. Joe will spare the K-Y humor.

*Glennon overthrows Kenny Bell.

*Clouds appear! Joe is so damn happy.

*First-round pick Vernon Hargreaves with a sweet breakup on tight end Cameron Brate over the middle in tight coverage. This was second-unit duty. You could see Hargreaves’ explosion.

*Adam Humphries taking nearly all the punt return duty. Donteea Dye up next.

*Back to 11-on-11, long scramble from Jameis on a roll right. Complete to Evans. Luke Stocker and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are your first-team tight ends.

*Charles Sims runs right with a big burst.

*Luke Stocker lines up as fullback and catches a pass in the left flat from Jameis.

*Jameis dumps ball off to Doug Martin.

*Home run! Mike Glennon to Kenny Bell.

*Drop! Russell Shepard in tight coverage with ball bouncing around. Mike Smith screaming, “Finish the play!”

*Rookie running back Peyton Barber jukes safety Isaiah Johnson. Teammates ooh and ahh.

*Rookie wide receiver Andre Davis out of University of South Florida is one big target for a guy listed at 6-1.

*Johnthan Banks gets beat deep by Spencer from Jameis.

*Jameis complete 15 yards in front of Banks in the right seam to Adam Humphries.

*Laser throw from Glennon to Shepard. Great catch, too, but Glennon would have been sacked in real game.

*Practice ends with an interception of third-string QB Ryan Griffin.

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20 Responses to “Thursday Practice Notes & Observations”

  1. unbelievable Says:

    Thanks as always Joe!

    I think the addition of Daryl Smith and his experience is going to help the defense and offense tremendously during camp practices.

  2. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Howard Jones is a gem… could see the flashes last year, 2016 may be the breakthrough year where he gets notice.

  3. tmaxcon Says:

    I also like Jones. I think he has more upside than Jac Smith. Smith is not an every down player

  4. K2 Says:

    Thanks for the football fix…Joe. Good Stuff!

  5. GhostofTedford Says:

    Howard Jones will be the Most improved Player for 2016.

  6. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Good job Joes!👍

  7. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Howard Jones…..Yes!

  8. SB with Jameis Says:

    Thanks a bunch Joes!!!!! Got my blood pumping just a bit.

  9. Buc1987 Says:

    I have no idea what I would do without Joe’s practice notes.

    Thanks for turning yourself into a flame broiled Whopper Joe.

    I walked outside around noon to weedwhack my lawn and said naaaaw I’m not ready for this.

  10. DB55 Says:

    *Mike Evans, from Jameis, with a great catch adjusting in the air on a ball thrown intentionally high but a shade behind him. A true “wow” moment admired by his teammates.
    Just curious, who was coving Mike? Please don’t say Banks.

  11. the real Bucobruce Says:

    Jones,maybe the next deacon jones.JOE.tampaaa

  12. the real Bucobruce Says:

    And jess thanks big joe.yooooo joooooe

  13. BucsFan93 Says:

    Thanks joe… This is so appreciated… Was wondering hws Dan Vitale been progressing? Where is he lining up? Fullback or TE?

  14. Buccfan37 Says:

    Joe, get yourself one of those hats that spray a mist to be cooler.

  15. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I love these practice notes.

    Wasn’t there a time when media was only allowed to see training camp practices? The OTAs is only a recent change, right? In the past 5-6 years?

  16. Kevin Says:

    Hopefully our Dline suprises and impresses us like our Oline did last season.

  17. SOEbuc Says:

    I really liked what I saw outta H.Jones’ play last year and now Im getting very excited to see what he’s turning into

  18. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    ‘*Clouds appear! Joe is so damn happy.”


    Can someone explain the ASJ play?? So did he do good!!?? And I guess Andre doing good to catch a WR spot??

  19. SOEbuc Says:

    How in Gods name are GMC and daryl smith playing in sweat pants!!?? Just looking at them makes me want to pass out

  20. Etzel Says:

    Cmon Banks! I hope Banks starts just so we have that height at the opposite corner. I also hope that the possibility of playing one of our 6 CBs at safety comes about, just saying.