Training Camp Notes, Nuggets & Observations — Day 3

July 30th, 2017

The rain was no match for O.J. Howard

Joe was on the grounding and hunting hard for every juicy nugget happening at training camp today, from the camp meat to the big names. It’s Joe’s comprehensive practice notes. Enjoy! 

*It’s another packed house, though seating is less than it was last year because of construction on the indoor facility. Damn, the music was loud from the Bucs. Somebody’s a Bon Jovi fan. Volume on his tunes playing appeared to be always cranked up.

*Also cranked up is offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Todd Monken. Monken barking at guys in drills working on catching balls in traffic. With a defender (receivers playing defender) behind and on either side of the standing-still receiver in the drill, Monken fires a pass at short range while the defenders tug/poke/distract the target. Monken is screaming for more intensity. Interesting, DeSean Jackson’s turn comes and he starts moving his hands to simulate running while the ball is being thrown. The other guys see that makes a hell of a lot of sense and emulate his move, which of course makes the drill more difficult.

*Freddie Martino and Donteea Dye show their wheels in drills. They’re not DeSean Jackson, but they have NFL juice.

*The hands of Godwin. Catches ball way behind him from Ryan Griffin.

*DROP! Dye. From America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

*Shades of 2015. Mike Evans open for a gimmie catch and the ball hits the ground.

*Chris Godwin sure looks smooth. Eager to see what happens when pads come on.

*11-on-11: Chucky’s famous personal theme song starts pounding, “It’s My Life” from Bon Jovi.

*Crossing route to Adam Humphries. Complete from Jameis.

*Run for Doug Martin up the gut. The Red Sea parts as there’s no real defense in underwear football.

*Low shotgun snap to Jameis by Ali Marpet. Javien Elliott the opening nickel and a short throw to Mike Evans is complete in front of him.

*Short left complete to rookie Chris Godwin, who always appears taller than the 6-1 height he’s listed at in the program.

*Chris Baker flushes Jameis to his right who dumps it off to O.J. Howard.

*Jameis way overthrows Cameron Brate. Jameis claps his hands in frustration.

*It’s Ryan Fitzpatrick with a deep completion to Brate. Veteran corner Robert McClain in tight coverage.

*Fitz has wheels! Did nice job of eluding pressure to get off pass.

*Whoa! Bernard Reddy with a one-hand grab with full extension from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Play of day so far.

*Bucs practicing returning kicks without actually kicking. Slightly odd. Returner just holds ball up over his head in the end zone and runs when instructed.

*7-on-7:  DROP! Bobo Wilson with the third team. Not a good way to make the roster.

*Jameis is off early today and he went on to have a subpar day.

*Easy short ball fro Jameis to DeSean Jackson.

*Ryan Griffin dumpoff behind Charles Sims. Incomplete.

*Ryan Smith damned near had a diving pick jumping the route.

*Jameis DEEEP to Humphries (Rudy!) down the left side. Complete!  Elliott covering.

*Linebaker Richie Brown with an interception. Appeared to be Jameis, but Joe is unsure.

*Chris Godwin hauls pass on the left side with the third team against zone coverage. More impressive hands from Godwin.

*11-on-11 cranks back up and it’s a short pass from Jameis to O.J. Howard.

*Running plays are so darn goofy in underwear football.

*Incomplete by Jameis. Just not his day.

*DROP! Reedy with the 2nd team.

*Chris Godwin seems to be flashing more today.

*Linebaker Adarius Glanton, battling for a starting gig, drops an easy pick over the middle from Ryan Fitzpatrick. Secondary coach Jon Hoke holds his head in agony.

*Really nice looping pass from Jameis as he avoided the rush and dropped a short pass right into Doug Martin’s hands.

*”Hard Knocks” production crews scramble to waterproof their gear.

*Humphries can’t bring in a Jameis pass in tight coverage. Borderline interference on Ryan Smith.

*Just going to type this: Already a chemistry between Jameis and DeSean Jackson.

*O.J. Howard: King of the Tipped Pass Catch.

*Nice! Jeremy McNichols lays out for a catch in right flat from Jameis.

*Second time today witnessed CFL legend Derel Walker make a catch but as he turned up field, had ball stripped or punched out.

*Jameis just a hair too far on a bomb down right sideline for Evans. Maybe used to DJax’s speed?

*Chris Conte with a pick. C’mon Bucs fans, ‘fess up. You know deep down you love him.

*And Jameis has a pass batted down. (Joe has video of that and will have more detail later.)

*Camp meat alert: Nice razor sharp low throw from Griffin (the meat) to rookie RB Jeremy McNichols on the left sideline. The heralded hands from the Boise State product showed up in the rain.

*Kicking! In the pouring rain!! It’s Roberto Aguayo vs. Nick Folk! Oh, the drama. Hard for Joe to see, but it was clear Aguayo missed the last kick from long range, and both kickers looked solid. Dirk Koetter said after practice he believe both guys went 4-of-5.

*Jameis dumps off to the Stampeder who nearly was nearly destroyed by Chris Conte. Good thing for Dye no pads

*More pouring rain.

*With twos, Fitz does same dumpoff to McNichols as Jameis did Dye. Like Dye, McNichols nearly lit up. That play needs some work.

*Wet ball zipped in to O.J. Howard? No problem.

*Jameis overthrows Josh Huff.

*Nice hands in the rain, an athletic reaching catch by Luke Stocker. Joe was stunned it was Stocker when the number became visible.

20 Responses to “Training Camp Notes, Nuggets & Observations — Day 3”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    ……..Jameis Overthrowing receivers again………..****sighing****

  2. Joe Says:

    ……..Jameis Overthrowing receivers again………..****sighing****

    Haven’t seen him overthrow DJax yet. 🙂

  3. tnew Says:

    *Camp meat alert: Nice razor sharp low throw from Ryan Griffin to rookie RB Jeremy McNichols on the left sideline. The heralded hands from the Boise State product showed up in the rain.

    >>> Who is camp meat? JMC or Griffin. I will be stunned if JMC isn’t playing 20% of downs by week 3 and Koetter seems to have an affinity for Griffin. They might still keep 3 QB’s this year.

  4. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Godwin reminds me of what I thought Mike Williams was going to be (without the stripper pole).

  5. Since76 Says:

    Concerened about overthrows from Winston. Saw him across the street from our office at that field he goes to practice w some players. Without a defense he continually overthrew receivers. Has touch issues that will hurt us.


    All signs continue to point to Goodwin and D-Jax having the huge impact we need. They along with O J are the difference this year!!


    Speak Softly…..

  7. Bucamania Says:

    Good to hear OJ and Godwin are flashing. VH3 too, Sky’s the limit baby!

  8. Issic Haggins Says:

    The overthrows are mechanics taught by this staff , it is a very serious problem and it’s clear this staff can’t correct it. It’s Alarming !!!

  9. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    You mofos cry about a few overthrows in day 3 of camp in inclement weather. While those folks in jax watched bortles throw 5 ints lastnight in they’re 3rd practice. Two of which came at the hands of guys who haven’t played since 2015. Guess we should be peeking already huh. Whack@$$ fanbase.

  10. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    There’s a reason it’s called… PRACTICE.

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    Great Day 3 notes Joe, especially your observations about our rookies (Chris Godwin, OJ Howard & Jeremy McNichols in particular). Like NosBos, not worried about Jameis’ overthrows at this point. Let’s wait until the pads come on & guys have a few practices under their belts. Coach Koetter may love explosive plays, but he’s not going to waste a bunch of plays per game on what he believes to be low percentage play-calling. Jameis & his receivers will have to show some consistency to connect on that deep stuff before it gets called very often.

  12. tmaxcon Says:

    jameis will be fine when the lights come on and it’s real. the ones who cry nonstop about accuracy and interceptions are the same conservative types who still think 1970s philosophies are still relevant. jameis is going to throw some picks and miss some receivers that being said, he is also going to make our freaking jaw drop with amazing play after amazing play. He will also single handedly win a few games a year for the next decade plus. bucs have NEVER EVER HAD THAT IN A QUARTERBACK!!!!

  13. Papa578 Says:

    For the life of me I don’t understand all the freaking out over Jameis overthrowing the ball or throwing picks. Jameis is a winner period! A winner at every level of ball he has played. Yeah, he’s going to throw a pick or overthrow an open receiver but he will quit and the next play he’ll stick a dagger in the opposing teams heart. Trust in Jameis…he is a winner. I’m so happy that he is our QB.

  14. SOEbuc Says:

    I have a really good feeling that Godwin and OJ are going to be showing these same ridiculous skills when the pads come on and when the season starts. And Jameis is just getting loose. OMG can’t wait to have both ME13 and OJ in the redzone.

  15. Pa Privateer Says:

    Godwin would have been a first round pick if he a decent QB at Penn State. I live in PA and watch them play every weekend. Godwin didn’t catch very many balls in stride. He was always having to adjust his route or body to catch a crap throw from the QB.

    Godwin is an amazing talent at WR and a hell of a steal in the 3rd round. He will remind you of former Buc Mike Williams but Godwin is way faster in the open field.

  16. Pickgrin Says:

    Thanks Joe – nice camp nuggets!

  17. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:


    The question should be, why is Jameis overthrowing them? being that it is PRACTICE, COUCH COACHES need to allow the BUC COACHES to determine if those are overthrows are “preparation meeting opportunity.”

    Practice is not suppose to be perfect, hence why all practices aren’t viewed by FANS😨

  18. bucs_365 Says:

    Camp meat alert: Joe’s “reporting”… Griffin is competing with Fitz for the #2 gig, and they still could keep 3 QBs.

  19. Easy Denman Says:

    Godwin reminds me a lot of a young Keyshawn Johnson

  20. Geno@arpeika Says:

    It still appears to me that at times Jameis is staring down his targets. Jameis plays with very wide open eyes. Would it help him to wear tinted face shield during practice to see if it will work for him.