Day 1 Minicamp Notes, Nuggets & Happenings

June 12th, 2018

Broiling sun on the fields of One Buc Palace this afternoon as Day 1 of minicamp, a mandatory version of underwear football, kicked off with a two-hour practice. Joe was there patrolling with cameras, an old school note pad and Ira Kaufman periodically barking in Joe’s ear. The result is Joe’s world famous practice notes.

*Select fans are allowed in today, roughly 150 are here sitting on two sides of the east field.

*Vernon Hargreaves looks sharp in early drills. The A-list footwork and break is on display.

*Rookie RB Ronald Jones with two drops/misplays on long balls with no defense. His fellow RBs made all their catches. No deep threat from Jones, it seems, which is no problem at all. That’s not why he’s here.

*11-on-11 work kicks off with a fierce tempo. America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, overthrows Mike Evans to the left.

*First down! Jameis to Chris Godwin short. Brent Grimes covering.

*Drop! Cameron Brate over the middle.

*Too much time and the rush pulled up before Jameis completed to Godwin.

*Throwaway by Jameis.

*12-yard toss to Cameron Brate. Easy find.

*Ball is spiked.

*Another throwaway by Jameis. Defense victorious in this session.

*Ryan Fitzpatrick steps in at the same tempo and throws short and then incomplete before he moves the chains to Freddie Martino. Live stream to the velvet-lined lounge at the Vero Beach Ramada i

*Defense has 12 men on the field. A little chaos in the second unit.

*Short pass, Fitz to Jones.

*Charles Sims up the middle for a big gain. This reminds Joe to remind readers this is underwear football.

*In a two-minute drill, Fitzpatrick hurried his offensive teammates back to the line of scrimmage and a few players were hollering “Chicago, Chicago… !” Not sure if it was offense or defense.

*Just after the yelling about “Chicago,” Fitz tried to hit Bobo Wilson down left sideline. It was too long but Joe is guessing the problem was Wilson. As soon as ball wall was snapped, wide receivers coach Skyler Fulton was screaming “YOU HAVE TO WIN IT BOBO!

*Cornerback/safeties enter a footwork drills and the unit looks good except for a Hargreaves slip and a Grimes screwup that stopped his turn.

*QB scramble drill with a huge focus on setting feet before throwing. Jameis looks good.

*7-on-7 work kicks up and lots of short throws. Ryan Griffin struggles just about every time Joe studies him.

*Nice breakup by LB Adarius Taylor (former Glanton). Pass was Jameis to Brate.

*DROP!/bobble. Oh, Bobo. Hargreaves plucks the ball out of the air at the 3 yard line. Interception.

*Mike Evans burns Ryan Smith easily. Pass from Jameis.

*Back in 11-on-11 work and it looks like a shovel pass to Peyton Barber, who is taking nearly all the first team work, followed by a short completion, Jameis to Brate.

*Nice catch by Martino from Ryan Fitzpatrick.

*Griffin throw lands too short.

*AC/DC fills the steamy afternoon air following by Van Halen. Jason Licht must have hi-jacked the tunes.

*DROP!?/bad connection, Jameis to DeSean Jackson in the end zone after a 40-yard throw. Jameis tries to hit Jackson on a bomb over the middle but the ball bounces off Jackson’s outstretched hands as he falls into the end zone with a loud flop and bounces off the turf. Sounded and looked like that hurt. Jameis tries again to connect with Jackson on a long pass down the left sideline. This time it is a hookup. easily getting behind Justin Evans for a TD.

* Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” is played. It is hot like a summer jungle out here.

*Incomplete, Jameis to Godwin in the corner of the end zone. Grimes on the effective harassment.

*Rare crowd cheer when O.J. Howard skies high over Kwon Alexander for a leaping touchdown grab and taps his toes inside the end line for six.

*Fitz on the move. Rolls hard left and fires a laser to Wilson. Catch!

*Ryan Griffin tries to squeeze a pass in the red zone to Bernard Reedy. Nice breakup by Javien Elliott.

*Wilson with a comebacker on the left side is caught just inside the sideline.

*Some coach is yelling for a formation. “Let’s go, Raiders. Raiders!”

*Another coach screaming for a formation in a two-minute drill. “Go Toledo! Go Toledo!”

*Kicking battle! Big-money free agent kicker Chandler Catanzaro clangs his first kick off the left upright from what appears to be 30 yards. He makes the rest of his kicks from 40 and in. But then up steps rookie North Texas rookie Trevor Moore. He’s perfect and is pounding his five kicks with great distance, going over the netting and off the windows at One Buc Palace. What a way to show coaches you want a job. Worth monitoring.

*11-on-11 returns and it’s another incompletion to Jackson from Jameis.

*Very short toss, Jameis to Howard.

*Big cushion Hargreaves gives Martino on the left side. It’s a flashback to dark days. First down.

*Godwin comes back to the ball for a nifty catch about 15 yards on the right side. Great hands. Grimes on the coverage.

*Fitz complete to Bobo Wilson with rookie Carlton Davis covering.

*Fitz over the middle to rookie tight end Donnie Ernsberger with a blown coverage by linebacker Devonte Bond. That gets Mike Smith screaming, “C’mon, Davonte!” It hasn’t been a great spring for Bond.

*Circus catch in back of end zone where Chris Godwin had to sky high enough for a Jameis pass that he fell to the turf. Godwin tosses ball up in the air for an Evans slam at the crossbar over Justin Evans doing a failed Dikembe Mutombo impression.

*Trickery! QB keeper by Fitz was well played to the right side. Evan Smith is pumped up.

*Riley Bullough with a strong pass breakup. So much effort in that kid.

*Brent Grimes and Mike Smith seen having an animated discussion on the field that’s clearly football/x’s and o’s related. Pointing and flailing arms but nothing that looked questionable. Grimes walked over to Smith to start the chatter. Great to see Grimes cares — in June.

22 Responses to “Day 1 Minicamp Notes, Nuggets & Happenings”

  1. DB55 Says:

    Wait! Did you say JW three the ball away? Twice?! Say it isn’t so!

  2. DB55 Says:

    Sounds like the sandlot but wtfdik

  3. BoJim Says:

    Fitz had a good day. Nice.

  4. BucEmUp Says:

    Desean is going to waste precious snaps come game days..Godwin needs to start.

    How is Watson looking? Hoping he pans out…..FAST!

  5. SB Says:

    Good to c VH3 Bouncing back and DB55 I could fill an Library what WYDNK.

  6. Pickgrin Says:

    “kicking battle”??

    Better not be. If the young kicker beats out Catanzaro – then Licht just threw $3.75M of Glazer loot and valuable cap space into the fireplace…

    Thanks for the practice notes Joe!!

  7. Joe Says:

    How is Watson looking? Hoping he pans out…..FAST!

    Hasn’t practiced in a while.

  8. nole4jabooandDbucs Says:

    Mini camp….it’s practice…you play to get better…if all is perfect you don’t need practice!

  9. DB55 Says:


    That’s one thing I do know. Now getouttaheer

  10. Lucious Selmon Says:

    “Throwaway by Jameis.”
    This may be my favorite news of the day. Make this a habit now!

    “Godwin comes back to the ball.”
    Here is a sentence which never features the name DJax.

  11. Lamarcus Says:

    We need to make a decision quick on Bond and Griffin. Though more on Bond tho. What’s up with him? He plays like a 6th toe. I think I saw he made 1 tackle all of last year. Maybe 2

  12. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Know Jones brought to be RB but he better be able to catch at the NFL level, definitely wanted Guice ahead of Jones and D Cook first but Licht better be right on Jones for all he passed on

  13. Russ Says:

    The velvet lined lounge of the Vero Beach Ramada Inn…yes sir……need to meet the Joe’s there for a couple beers and a shot of Jack Daniels and talk some Bucs ball…..go Trevor Moore!!

  14. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    Wow. Really glad to see Jameis throwing it away. I know you want to test coverages and all in camp, but knowing when to throw it away is a skill, one that jameis needs to keep practicing

  15. Jonathan Goodell Says:

    Wow. Really glad to see Jameis throwing it away. I know you want to test coverages and all in camp, but knowing when to throw it away is a skill, one that jameis needs to keep practicing

  16. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    There is no Ramada Inn in Vero Beach…..

  17. Russ Says:

    Not surprised..never been to Vero Beach..and if there was one, it would probably be a joint anyways…..I get a laugh out of that reference to Martino though every time I see it though.

  18. Joe Says:

    I get a laugh out of that reference to Martino though every time I see it though.


  19. TampaTown Says:

    Someone needs to ask Martino if he can sing and what his favorite karaoke song is.

  20. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Looks like Jolly Bucs fan has a doppleganger… 🤔

  21. Neil Says:

    I still feel like we’re totally screwed in the secondary if Grimes isn’t out there. Hopefully these young buc(k)s develop quickly! Refreshing not to have to read about Aguayo versus Folk battle this offseason 🙂

  22. Owlykat Says:

    Obvious that VJax did not practice long enough with Jameis this offseason to make them a duo when the real games start. If this keeps up Licht needs to offer VJax as trade bait for a team with too many outstanding Offensive Linemen. Godwin is a much better deep threat and needs to start. If a good deal can’t be made for VJax just wait til the season starts and some team loses their deep threat to injury. In the meantime have VJax compete to be the run back specialist this year.