Thursday Practice Notes & Nuggets

June 7th, 2018

Joe is close to training-camp form with today’s world famous practice notes from the OTA session at One Buc Palace. It was the final open practice before mandatory minicamp kicks off on Tuesday.

Grab a meaty sandwich and dive in.

*Quarterbacks, led by America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, sprint — no jogging or walking — from practice field to practice field when drills are switched up.

* Since today is the last day of OTAs (minicamp is next week), it seems that’s why there’s more special teams work than previous OTA open practices.

* Defensive tackle Stevie T. gets a tongue-lashing from assistant defensive line coach Paul Spicer. “How many times am I gonna tell you… ” Spicer could be heard telling Stevie T. Then, Spicer pulled Mitch Unrein from a group and demonstrated with Unrein what he was looking for Stevie T. to do.

* With J.R. Sweezy sidelined (naturally) and Demar Dotson also on the shelf, the right side of the offensive line for the first team was Caleb Benenoch at right guard and Leonard Wester at right tackle.

* Peyton Barber catches a screen pass on the right side from Jameis and weaves through traffic for a big gain. Always have to remember this is underwear football but the defense still practices slapping at the ball.

* Jameis has a short pass over the middle hit a running back right at the belt buckle but the ball was tipped, went through Lavonte David’s hands and into the arms of Justin Evans, who housed it down the left sideline.

* Barber with a big round around right end. Again, underwear football.

* Seems to be a lot of tipped passes today.

* Ryan Fitzpatrick connects with Bobo Wilson down the right side.

* The crooning singer from the noted Vero Beach  Ramada Inn velvet-lined lounge, Freddie Martino, is getting a lot of work with the first and second teams today. On a pass from Fitz that was high and behind Martino on a crossing route from right to left, Martino skies to make an acrobatic catch and is able to continue his route for a large chunk of yards.

* Barber is bottled up behind the line of scrimmage on an attempt up the middle but squirrels away for a run around left end. If this were real football Barber would have been tackled for a loss.

* Chris Godwin catches about a 20 yard pass along left sideline from Jameis. As former Bucs guard and current Tampa Bay radio personality Ian Beckles would say, Godwin looks “swole.”

* Jameis too far trying to connect with Martino in the right cornr. On the very next play, check Jameis hits Martino on a check down where he is wide open.

* A long pass intended for Evans from Jameis down left sideline. It wasn’t a bad pass but excellent coverage by Carlton Davis who got Evans off his route and Evans wasn’t able to get to his spot in time, but good play by 33 to get Evans off his route. You could see how Davis got Evans to slow down just as he made his break or Evans would have run over Davis for a potential offensive interference call.

*7-on-7 work kicks up in the second half of practice and Jameis fires a quick out to the left to Chris Godwin. Complete!

*Jameis comes back quickly, again to the left, this time to Peyton Barber

*Vernon Hargreaves is pressing Adam Humphries tightly in the slot. Hargreaves looks on his game today.

*Ryan Fitzpatrick runs through his progressions and settles on fullback Austin Johnson.

*Linebacker Riley Bullough, aka Joe Dirt, is barking up a storm on defense to the men on his side of the ball. The booming voice of LB coach Mark Duffner is then heard, “Attaway to talk! That’s how you get better!”

*Overthrow by Ryan Griffin. Not a good day for him.

*DROP! Rookie Syracuse camp meat receiver Erv Philips on a short pass.

*It’s 11-on-11 time and Jameis throws a 20-yard touchdown to Mike Evans with cornerback David Rivers in coverage. Everything was textbook by the offense, right in stride for the TD. Looked like Evans was picking something off a top shelf at Sam’s Club.

*Incomplete. An apparent throwaway in the direction of Humphries.

*Jameis throws short to the 2 yard line in the red zone to Chris Godwin. Catch and STRIP! Ball is punched away by Hargreaves and recovered by the defense. Defenders are fired up.

*Incomplete to Martino in the right corner of the end zone. That wraps up the first-team work and gets Kwon Alexander dancing with some disturbing hip thrusts.

*Rifle alert. Ryan Fitzpatrick hurries and fires an eight-yard pass right in the gut of O.J. Howard. DROP!

*Fitz comes back with a quick release throw to Cameron Brate. Complete!

*Bullough with a sweet pass breakup on rookie tight end Jason Reese. Not the best throw by Griffin.

*Nice TD grab by Philips from camp meat QB Austin Allen.

*More 11-on-11 opens with a deep underthrow by about five yards by Jameis. Sorry, Joe missed the target. … No sign of DeSean Jackson, or Jason Pierre-Paul, at practice.

*BLITZ! Busted coverage by the defense and Jameis throws a short ball to Alan Cross, who takes it 45 yards to the house. Jameis runs down for a celebration.

*Fitz comes back in with an incomplete pass followed by a touchdown toss to Martino. Pretty. Joe could almost hear the celebration at the velvet-lined lounge at the Vero Beach Ramada Inn. Javien Elliott was covering.

*Fitz complete to Bobo Wilson on a crossing route. Too easy. Mike Smith screams, “What’s going on?”

*Jameis rolls right and hits Godwin short.

*Davonte Bond loses Cameron Brate. Easy touchdown!

*QB keeper by Jameis to the right. School kid viewing practice with a visiting group says, “He’s slow.”

*M.J. Stewart strikes Joe as a little slow. Perhaps he’s just adjusting or someone else is wearing his number.

* It is 1:25 p.m. Fifty-yard gassers for the final five minutes to end practice on a steamy afternoon.

* Rookie receiver Justin Watson was sidelined for practice. However, as his teammate were running gassers, Watson constantly was either doing sit-ups or push-ups in the afternoon sun.

26 Responses to “Thursday Practice Notes & Nuggets”

  1. Etzel Says:

    The MJ Stewart hype/hate/idkwhat continues!!!

  2. Pickgrin Says:

    Thanks for the great practice observances Joe!

    “Too easy. Mike Smith screams, “What’s going on?”
    Man – that’s some serious flash-backage to last season….

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Don’t know when Martino will get the respect he deserves as a NFL player…..seems to always be doing his part…..what do you want from a #6 receiver?
    Here is how I see our receiver situation.
    Martino vs Wilson

    We could keep both (doubtful) if we dropped Ryan Griffin and settled for a PS QB backup.

  4. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    *QB keeper by Jameis to the right. School kid viewing practice with a visiting group says, “He’s slow.”

    LOL 😂😂

  5. 813bucboi Says:

    good notes joe……

    any sight of whitehead?


  6. Joe Says:


    Wasn’t looking for him. What Joe saw is all documented above.

  7. Casual Observer Says:

    Don’t we have to keep WR Reedy? Signed for kick/punt returns.

  8. Joe Says:

    Don’t know when Martino will get the respect he deserves as a NFL player

    First, as always, respect is earned, not given. Second, time he earns it… in a regular season game.

  9. Not there yet Says:

    If Winston was more accurate no one would care about his speed

  10. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Kids pull no punches…he is slow…too funny. 😂😂

  11. Bucsfanman Says:

    I hope we get some more positives from the defense moving forward. Sounds like a lot of TDs scored against.
    Good stuff Joe! Keep up the good work!

  12. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Carlton Davis is gonna be everything we thought VH3 was

  13. scott fitzgerald Says:

    nice picture there guys

  14. 813bucboi Says:

    Webster played good imo last year……that’s why I was a little surprised when licht said cappa will be a RT…..benenoch has to show me something….


  15. DB55 Says:

    With J.R. Sweezy sidelined (naturally) and Demar Dotson also on the shelf, the right side of the offensive line for the first team was Caleb Benenoch at right guard and Leonard Wester at right tackle.
    As if the first two names are better than the last.

    As for Martino, go re-watch the Chiefs game at arrowhead. Martino shined in the 4th and was a huge reason for the win but wtfdik.

    Whitehead > Reedy

  16. firethecannons Says:

    major reason I read joe’s column–thanks Joe!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. 1Gr8Buc Says:

    McCoy got lit into for jumping offsides. Video shows him looking completely tuned out to the tongue lashing.

  18. Cover Deuce Says:

    Go bucs

  19. webster Says:

    @ 1gr8buc

    I saw that video. Im suprised joe missed that in his observations. He pointed stevie t getting lit into but not mccoy? That would definitely move the needle. The look on mccoy’s face was priceless. Is buckner’s act already wearing thin on these players?

  20. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Riley Bullough having a good day. I hope he makes the team.

  21. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:

    Not a running back🙆‍♂️🤦‍♂️🏃‍♂️

  22. webster Says:

    @ 813

    Im too old and to small to play right tackle. Now “wester” did play descent last year, i agree. Lol

  23. Joe Says:

    Thanks for the compliments guys.

  24. BringBucsBack Says:

    How far off of the LOS are the CBs lining up???

  25. unbelievable Says:

    Thanks as always for the practices notes joes !

  26. Says:

    RIFLE ALERT!!! I Love it Joe!
    GO BUCS!!!