Inside Today’s Day 2 Of OTA Practice

May 15th, 2019

Justin Evans is not expected to practice this spring

Your beloved Buccaneers were back on the practice fields of One Buc Palace today, grinding through the second official spring practice.

What a glorious event and a very special opportunity to keep fans excited.

Except their was one minor hiccup, the practice was closed to local media. Joe will never understand why teams make an entire practice off-limits to media. Why pass on all that free publicity for a team trying to sell tickets?

Someone smarter than Joe must have a good reason to do that rather than, say, open 15 minutes of practice and let the players talk for 10 minutes afterwards, if they wish.

But the good news is that the Buccaneers had their own in-house media, the crew, watching today’s session. Team writer Carmen Vitali had a full report that Joe will summarize here:

Peyton Barber looked like a true three-down back.
New LB/DE Shaq Barrett flashed special athleticism.
TE Antony Auclair can catch.
The defensive backs are highly engaged and rookie Mike Edwards can blitz.
WR Chris Godwin has sticky hands.
WR Breshad Perriman is still fast.

Joe also will note that the photo 44-photo gallery published from practice today at does not include a photo of Vernon Hargreaves, who appears to be in Bruce Arians’ doghouse after the head coach’s comments yesterday.

33 Responses to “Inside Today’s Day 2 Of OTA Practice”

  1. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    Vernon Hargreaves says: Arf!

  2. Darin Says:

    Hargreaves went from a starter to the doghouse in record speed. He will grow up quick or will be elsewhere. This team is finding out just how much they got away with last year thay wont be tolerated amymore. Love it.

  3. Larry Says:

    He is an average CB that seems to always be hurt. Time to move on?? How ab out a trade?

  4. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    I find it harder and harder to relate to today’s professional football players… I guess the young fans see selfishness as perfectly normal

  5. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Ok I’ll play along. There is a picture of Justin Evans that says he will not practice this spring, but not an explanation anywhere. Why is he not practicing?

  6. SenileSenior Says:

    Arf! Arf! XD

  7. JP_09 Says:

    Suh, Berry and Collins (who the pats are now negotiating with) are all available. With question marks about Evans health, wouldn’t it make sense to talk with Berry’s camp? If the pats are in negotiations with Collins, wouldn’t make sense to inquire about his services. With GMC half way out the door wouldn’t you want to talk with a possible replacement to see what it would cost? By releasing McCoy, JPP, VHGIII (yes I know they just signed his 5th year option) EDS and trading Brate you would clear enough cap space to sign the rookie class and possibly two if not all three of these guys. Their prices shouldn’t be to crazy seeing they’re still free agents

  8. Nprbuc Says:

    So what’s the deal with Justin Evans not practicing at all this spring. Important enough to post under his pic but no word in the story? Inquiring minds want to know how serious the injury is.

  9. JP_09 Says:

    You could also cut either Griffin or Gabbert and santos to free up another 2.5 million

  10. NOSBOS Says:

    Shaq Barret I’ll say it again on scale of 1 to 100 this man graded out over 70 in pass rush and run stopping the last two seasons.. But carry on,thinking we about to p*$&¥ next season.

  11. NOSBOS Says:

    That’s kinda funny also because Pick I was gonna say on the other where detailed these new guys atheletic attributes,don’t let that 4.7 40x of Shaq fool you. His film shows crazy explosions off the edge.

  12. NOSBOS Says:

    Pick,read the takeaways from yesterday’s session. Check out that last part about Vea. He’s a freak of nature I tell you.

  13. LakeLand Says:

    The Bucs sure could use:

    LT/RT Laremy Tunsil
    DT Sheldon Rankins

    Instead of VH3

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    While making the Bucs podcast rounds, a couple things I heard:

    • Every time Gay kicks, it sounds like a cannon going off.

    • It’s supposed to be an equal competition, but when he attempted the 58 yarder yesterday, Santos did not. Why? My guess is because they already knew Santos did not have the power. Supposedly, Gay is booming kicks with remarkable power.

    • QB Ryan Griffin has looked incredible so far, completing nearly all of his passes and putting them in the perfect spots. Wouldn’t it be amazing if he turned out to be the next Tom Brady? Winston goes down and Ryan gets his shot, only to be spectacular? I don’t expect it to happen, of course…but it would be something.

    • Apparently, one of the RBs less talked about (I forget his name) is looking very, very good. Too early to tell with no hitting of course…but it is a good sign. This player was a cast off from another team.

  15. BucEmUp Says:

    Players who want to win want to work hard. When a player comes to a team or gets drafted by a team that has been losing BAD for a decade, its going to be tough getting full effort out of that player unless they believe in what they are practicing/playing for.

    Arians should be able to forge this team into a disciplined group with one common goal. If he can’t do it, I don’t see anyone pulling it off. I do believe this team has been a train wreck for one reason…ownership. However it does seem like they are trying to put their best foot forward and build a winner. Just not sure they ever knew how. Bruce should get the most out of everyone with his approach.

  16. Pickgrin Says:

    For those asking why Justin Evans is not practicing – its because he is STILL recovering from a bad turf toe injury last season.

    And for those not familiar with that injury – it can end a football players career if bad enough – or more often – it becomes a nagging type thing that is constantly getting tweaked/aggravated and bothers the player/person on and off for the rest of their life.

    At best – the football player who suffers a bad case of turf toe at some point in their career loses a degree of planting/cutting ability on that foot and is constantly having to deal with pain/soreness in the big toe and ball of the foot immediately under it as well as the primary tendon that leads to that big toe on the top of the foot.

    I speak from experience btw….

  17. Defense Rules Says:

    Can’t figure out why the Bucs don’t want the media covering these practices Joe. It sparks interest among the fans, and in this time of half-empty RayJay during games, getting people fired up about the Bucs can’t be all bad. Duh.

    Lakeland … the Tunsil-Rankins ship sailed. Hop back on the SS Lollipop with VHIII ready to walk the plank.

    Bonzai … I’m convinced that Griffin will do fine when he gets his first start. Koetter never gave him the opportunity, which is a shame given that we went 5-11 two seasons in a row. Would’ve been helpful at this point to see how he performed in the regular season against the 1’s. Interestingly, I haven’t seen Ryan’s name mentioned once on the Bucs site. Maybe I just overlooked it.

  18. adam from ny Says:

    the 3 muskateers are so outta here…humphries …next to go are brate and griffin…auclair will be the 2nd tight end…brate is so gone with the new regime

  19. Todd Says:

    Thank the Lord Jesus!

    I’m late to this thread but just read through some EXCELLENT posts from ALL contributors.

    Major substance. Thought provoking comments. And none of the usual suspects that lower the level of engagement to copy-and-paste ignorant ‘!!!!!!!!!’ wall of words blabber.

    @joes…did you FINALLY do some soul searching and decide to respect the quality contributors and stop the nonsense?!

    If so, 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

    If this is just an anomaly, we’ll…that sucks.

    But man, this has been a great thread to read.

  20. NOSBOS Says:

    So Gay boomin them suckas huh Bonzai.. They said Mormon Janikoski. Saw a pic of him leaving the building heading out to the field. Dude looks like a TE.

  21. NOSBOS Says:

    And coming back home was just recipe for Perriman who is standing out apparently. I’m with Carmen in the fact that it is kinda awh inspiring a man 6’2 215 lbs running that fast. See,those GMs were oohing and aahing BA at owners meetings not because Perriman ended up in Tampa. More so because they know BA knows exactly how to tap into his total potential. Do you folks realize no one will probably ever bring an extra man down into the box next season. Hmm,ME on the other side good luck to those corners dealing with him 1 on 1. No need mentioned what it does for Chris and O.J. oh an Peyton in the backfield. No need. But like I say carry on thinking we about to be p*&&¥ next season. We gone soon see about that.

  22. Todd Says:

    Curious. Is there anyone (with substance…not the ‘!!!!!!’ idiots) who are planning on going to London?

    Already have my airline and hotel booked. For those who also go, let’s identify a gathering spot and the first pints are on me.

  23. NOSBOS Says:

    Last thing,I didn’t get around to it at work today. Y’all crazy as H3ll poo pooin the notion to add Peterson. The Man Is Elite. Ion care how many have been drafted and BA said “you can never have too many”. Might that be the last week before the season move he was referencing. A player familiar wit it all. I surely hope.

  24. NOSBOS Says:

    D$&@ Ira,now I can’t stop thinking hypothetically about it. Do you people realize adding Peterson immediately cancels Julio and Michael Thomas. Do y’all not understand how Huge that would be..

  25. Succaneers Says:

    can we please go back to the blackout rules so we can watch good teams insteas of the Succaneers

  26. Succaneers Says:

    can we please go back to the blackout rules so we can watch good teams instead of the Bucs

  27. Costa Rica John Says:

    Now the jets have traded the former 1st round pick LB Lee to KC for a sixth round pick. I know there was a lot of talk about the Bucs trading for Lee before the draft. It seems like the jets new GM is having a fire sale.

  28. Stonedbuc Says:

    No distractions!!

  29. German Buc Says:

    @Todd: I will be in London.

  30. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Kobe Faker truly hopes that Barber can develop as a 3 down back

    “Natural” is the word that is used to define the difference between a effective or average pass recieving runningback

    Barber in the past has to slow down or stop and look at JW3 for the pass. An effective natural can run with speed and catch tracking the ball. The effective natural reciever with this added skillset can perform deeper wheel routes and vertical pass patterns vs the slower LB

    The screen game to the RB is 10x more effective on 1st and 2nd down vthan the 3rd down

    The days of pass reciever running back coming in on 3rd down is too predictable.

    When BA has the recievers run deep pass patterns, sneaking the RB for the pass can have numberous gamebreaking plays”

    Kobe Faker

  31. johnnybuc3 Says:

    if we lose justin evans to injury too… man i’m starting to think regardless of the coordinator there is little chance this defense is any better next season. load our best pass rusher. losing our best IDL (mccoy) and now may be losing our best secondary player. yikes

  32. Brandon Says:

    Kobe says, The screen game to the RB is 10x more effective on 1st and 2nd down vthan the 3rd down


    Sorry, this is where you are wrong as usual. Screens are most effective against the blitz and against defenses that are pass rushing hard upfield (ie on 3rd down).

  33. SOEbuc Says:

    Evans will never stop giving me worries and with the turf toe it’s good reason. Sad because he seemed to be an up and coming player (not dead yet). Have no problem with getting these DBs in this draft that have stretch the field well. Think about what our DBs would look like without getting more than 2 early in the draft??? By far couldn’t get a #1 vet with our dough.

    Lots of people don’t like the press CB MJ Stewart cus he got thrown into a Mike Smith zone defense his rookie year and was on the opposite side of the Pro Bowl. His largest problem last year at CB was his terrible feet and speed. But if you’ve watched his film, you can tell he’s a down hill banger with great strength (still remember that one PS game when he punched two fumbles). He is a good blitzer and I think they’re trying to make another Whitehead type SS out of him. Excited to see what he can possibly change into a Bowels defense.