Day 7 Practice Notes & Nuggets

August 4th, 2017

 Your beloved Buccaneers were in pads for the third consecutive day and the full, traditional Tampa weather broil returned. It was a rare winning day for the offense, as you’ll read more about on the home page. Here, it’s a buffet of Joe’s nuggets and observations. Enjoy.

*Guess Bucs are getting tired of GMC wrecking practices. On a run, he got doubled by J.R. Sweezy and Ali Marpet and was totally taken out.

*Offensive line getting real feisty this morning.

*America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston hits Mike Evans on a crossing pattern for big gain. Lotsa time to throw.

*Jameis throws high to the Stampeder (normal height for most WRs) and Brent Grimes nearly had a pick. Stampeder (Donteea Dye)  nearly got floored by Grimes.

*George Warhop must have been in the offensive linemen’s O-lineman’s ears. Offensive line continues to play with a noticeable edge.

*Pretty pass down right seam from Jameis to Adam Humphries (Rudy!).

*Mike Evans gets open underneath from Jameis.

*Bad drop by Antony Auclair, the undrafted free agent Canadian tight end.

*Veteran cornerback Robert McClain with very tight coverage on the Stampeder (Donteea Dye) who couldn’t catch up with a pass down right sideline. Got squeezed. McClain continues to look like an excellent late free agent pickup. Hard to believe he was on the street for months.

*Huff down left sideline catches bomb from Jameis.

*The old Benn’d Around lives. This time with Josh Huff.

*Full story on Roberto Aguayo’s big day on the home page.

*Now this is different: Doug Martin lined up wide right, Evans in right slot. Jameis goes to Alan Cross left.

*Earlier, O-line was winning the day. Last few minutes, d-line has taken over. Noah Spence could have sack on Jameis. Of course, there is no hitting of the QB.

*Huff lays out to catch bomb over the middle from Fitz and Huff is still on the ground. Three plays later, Huff finally on his feet. After practice, Koetter said Huff’s issues was an elbow and test would be forthcoming.

*Floppy hat rest duty today for defensive tackle Chris Baker and Robert Ayers. Koetter says after practice that it’s time to be smart with veterans and cites two previous days in pads. (Though Baker also sat out Wednesday’s practice.)

*Freddie Martino has a pass go off his hands on right sideline from Ryan Fitzpatrick.

*Jameis hits O.J. Howard in the numbers on a crossing pattern for completion. More O.J. on a curl route complete from Jameis. And O.J. with catch for a big gain to the left. Yesterday, Koetter quipped that Howard looks like a first-round draft pick. He sure does.

19 Responses to “Day 7 Practice Notes & Nuggets”

  1. Ben the Ga Buc Says:

    The thing I’m looking forward to most in 2017 is the Winston to Howard connection. I have so many high hopes for this. Totally geeked about it.

    Thanks, as always, Joe, for the notes.

  2. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Love these notes…I’m happy for McClain..yep..I too couldn’t believe he was available so late..

  3. mike10 Says:

    Ahh love seeing the usual suspects stepping up and having the training camp we expected from them.

    Absolute MUSIC TO MY EARS hearing that the Oline had a strong practice today; they are what’s going to be the difference in this offense humming or hitting a brick wall on 3rd down

  4. Defense Rules Says:

    So all it takes for the OLine to play good is to get PO’d? And it took a week of getting drubbed to get them all PO’d? I’d say that Warhop needs to find a way to get them all PO’d before each game starts.

  5. Kstoges Says:

    I wonder if McLain will be our nickle

  6. Tom Edrington Says:

    What’s the over/under on how many games Baker actually plays????

  7. Wausa Says:

    I am with you.
    Bucs have done well the last two years with free agents but Baker seems lazy and not motivated.
    It’s early but I see him gone after the season

  8. GoBucYourself Says:

    The Huff injury is a little troubling. The Bucs have been chronically short on camp bodies at the WR position, could be another street pickup in the works. Louis Murphy might have been nice but he’s a 49er now.

  9. SOEbuc Says:

    Not to say I’m not happy that the oline was nasty today but we were also missing two very big d-line men in Baker and Ayers. Just a thought.

  10. Gilhealy Says:

    What’s the over/under Licht and Koetter and Hayes had no idea Baker would and could, along with Ayers and McCoy and McDonald, use a couple days off during TC. I’m guessing they know exactly what these guys need. But, they only live this life 24/7, so you may be right. They probably have nowhere near the insight you fella’s have. Hysterical.

  11. Gilhealy Says:

    Good point, SOEbuc.

  12. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    McClain is garnering praise for his camp efforts on other Bucs sites as well.

  13. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Happy to see Josh Huff – tough it out – and get back on the field.
    The kid has tons of potential as a slot receiver/returner.


  14. DB55 Says:


    How’s bobo looking out there?

  15. René Says:

    Great post. Thanks!

  16. Pickgrin Says:

    Thanks Joe. Good nuggets. Glad to hear the Oline is waking up.

    Whoever was pegging Baker as not much of a practice guy when we 1st picked him up – boy they weren’t kidding.

  17. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Well ayers didn’t practice today either. Baker must be rubbing off on him.
    What a flucking joke u people are. Dirk said today that baker and ayers got a Veterans Day.

  18. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Some things I believe……Koetter is going to have a better five years to add to his first than Chucky had after SB. Koetter is NOT going to be five games under .500.

    Love the posters here and the interesting insights but sadly when it comes to second guessing DK and Smitty in terms of which vets can use the rest.

    I agree with Gilhealy.

  19. Pete Mitchell Says:

    First of all, these camp highlights are the reason I started following this site way back in the day! They continue to make training camp soooo much more connected!

    Second thought, why did it take an off day from Ayers and Baler for the online to “look good”. Just like receiver was an obvious need last offseason, I sure hope we don’t get screwed by not having picked up a beefy ass center this offseason. I would feel much better with Marpet continuing to maul at right guard and Sweezy trying to beat out Pamphile for starting left guard.