Notes & Nuggets From Day 1 Of OTA Practice

May 14th, 2019

“Hey Todd, the young guys look pretty good.”

Spring practices with rookies and veterans (OTAs) kicked off today at One Buc Palace and Joe has plenty to share from the sidelines of the indoor facility (Glazer Shed?) as rain soaked the grass fields.

First, Joe will note that later today, Joe will have a throw-by-throw look at America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

*Torrential rain moves the Bucs indoors and that means (coincidence?) no golf cart for Bucco Bruce Arians, who is studying and coaching all over the turf field.

*Floppy hat club viewing practice out of the mix included Vernon Hargreaves and Justin Evans. Hargreaves put in a little work with trainers. But see the story on the home page. It seems Hargreaves was being disciplined by Arians.

*Lotta pace to the defensive work as a team. Jordan Whitehead sure looks to be in great shape and quick. Perhaps he has a stronger grasp of the defense than the other safeties?

*Will Gholston hears it from D-line coach Kacy Rodgers for jumping a snap.

*Meeting of the minds at midfield for about six minutes. Lotta smiles and chuckles from Bruce Arians, Todd Bowles and GM Jason Licht.

*11-on-11 work kicks off and defensive savior Devin White picks off America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston about four plays in. Arians called it a forced throw after practice. Jameis shakes it off like it never happened. Nice connections to follow to O.J. Howard, Mike Evans (nice comeback effort on a low throws) and a laser to Justin Watson. (Joe had a 1-on-1 session with White after practice and will share the rookie savior’s thoughts later. White has some swag, though, he said the pick was business as usual for him).

*Demar Dotson and Caleb Benenoch rotating at right tackle.

*7-on-7 starts and it’s not too pretty for the offense. Mostly short and mid-range passes, likely by design. One very nice throw by Blaine Gabbert in between three defenders.

*Joe has a hunch coaches will like the tape on running backs Shaun Wilson and Andre Ellington. They look quick and smooth out of the backfield.

*O-line coach Joe Gilbert drilling Benenoch on the side of the field during 7-on-7, lotta talk about hands and shoulders and tackle play.

*Bruce Arians coaching up rookie cornerback Jamel Dean personallly after he got tangled up with Breshaud Perriman.

*TOUCHDOWN! Jameis deep right to Perriman with Dean in coverage — 35 yards.

*The kicker competition is in full swing, with an exciting field goal session that featured both rookie Matt Gay and Cairo Santos hitting everything under 50 yards but missing from long range until Gay drilled a 52-yarder to close the period. Gay missed a 58-yarder wide left but the kick had the distance. Arians and Licht, didn’t watch together but they were riveted on the action and standing close to the kickers.

*Back to 11-on-11 and there are consecutive handoffs. Always a boring escapade with no hitting allowed.

*Things get a little frisky with Noah Spence rushing off the left edge on Donovan Smith. Joe thought for a second they might have words after the play but they did not. Arians had some love for Spence in his post-practice news conference.

*Great juggling catch by Mike Evans from Jameis in the end zone. Ball thrown a little ahead of him. In a real game, Jameis would have had to throw that ball sooner to avoid getting mauled.

*Benenoch doesn’t seem to have the get-off quickness to handle Carl Nassib. Not even close today.

*Jameis has a pass tipped at the line.

*Very sweet connection between Gabbert and Chris Godwin on a 15-yard sideline route. Dean all over Godwin but he made the contested catch.

53 Responses to “Notes & Nuggets From Day 1 Of OTA Practice”

  1. Bird Says:

    Great stuff !

    Keep it coming

  2. ButtMonkey Says:

    Well no one can accuse Joe of being negative in this article, lol

  3. Bruce Blahak Says:

    did he actually say “Hey Todd, the young guys look pretty good.” ??…cause that would be real news.

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

    Just a guess..but VH3 could be as simple as being a milli second late for practice

  5. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Why taking digs on D White? He is going to be an all pro for years to come. Embrace him joe, he is the best player on defense already and one of jameis’s leading WRs in the early minicamp

  6. K2 Says:


  7. Jmarkbuc Says:

    “, Mike Evans (nice comeback effort on a low throws)”

    …at least it wasn’t the usual rib exposing high throw.

  8. phattitudes Says:

    Nice job. Much prefer when the Joe’s report the action. Sounds like the coaching change is a breath of fresh air. Accountability is a great place to start. At a minimum, I do believe we will end up with a roster containing the best of what we had in camp. No entitlements. Sounds like the waiver wire will be used early and often. Keep up the good work.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    How did Mylew do in coverage?

    And particularly interested in the progress of Kenyatta Walker & Jeremy Trueblood.

  10. pick6 Says:

    does devin white know that one of the joes threw a massive temper tantrum and threatened to quit covering the team if he was drafted? if so, even more gracious of him to have an extended chat with you guys

  11. JimmyJack Says:

    Awesome to hear that my boy Shaun Wilson stood out…….Long way to go but I won’t be surprised if Caleb and Vernon get beat out of their jobs.

  12. Bruce Blahak Says:

    hopefully the accountability includes Siberia’s QB….Last chance…

  13. JimmyJack Says:

    Joe was #93 out on the field today? Not McCoy, I know he’s gone. I mean the guy that replaced him as #93.

  14. Jean Lafitte Says:

    No GMC?

  15. DislocatedBucsFan Says:

    Joe are they running a 3-4 look?

  16. firethecannons Says:

    Good stuff Joe–all of it sounds good–hope to hear alot more about our young pass rush and young defensive backs.
    WTF is Beneneock still even on the team for backup

  17. JimmyJack Says:

    No Jean and McCoy will never come back. Bruce does not want him and he already gave McCoys number to somebody else.

    That era of Bucs football is over.

  18. Sport Says:

    A real coaching staff, what a breath of fresh air (especially the VHGIII discipline).

    Its super early, but inaccurate Jamies is not what I want to hear.

    Of all people JW should be in tune with, it should be ME 13!

    I wonder if he is complacent with him because he has such a huge catch radius?

    Damn Bro, Help your Brother out!

  19. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Joe Says ” One very nice throw by Blaine Gabbert in between three defenders.”

    He’s usually good for five per season so he only has four left for 2019.

  20. GhostofSchiano Says:

    *Benenoch doesn’t seem to have the get-off quickness to handle Carl Nassib. Not even close today.

    Release the Kraken.

  21. BuccoBoras Says:

    Thx for this, Joe. This is the kind of stuff I’m constantly checking Twitter for.

  22. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Not sure Benecoch has the get off quickness to handle anyone at this point

  23. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    JimmyJack Says:
    “he already gave McCoys number to somebody else.”

    Actually, That was for rookie camp, and it is something that happens a lot in rookie camps throughout the league. It meant absolutely nothing.

    Bet you weren’t counting on someone pointing that out, huh?

  24. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    At some point, the staff will smarten up and put Michael Liedtke in at Right Tackle…and write Caleb off.

  25. BucsBandit Says:

    LOLZ. Jameis Winston already throwing INTs… even in a no-contact practice. And a rookie LB picking him.

    BYE WINSTON. You’re gone. It’s only a matter of time and anyone truly paying attention knows it.

  26. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    Hater. lol

    Seriously though…I bet the popular elite QBs are throwing picks in the off season too. Bet you don’t rag on them!

  27. BucsBandit Says:


    I thought Winston was already working a bit with the “QB Whisperer” and also the “World’s #1 Bad Accuracy Passing Is Easy For Me To Fix” specialist, Clyde Christensen???

    Why would Winston be throwing low balls or other inaccurate passes???


  28. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    So much for Arians coaching the turnovers out of Jameis…

  29. Tc Says:

    This is exciting, cant wait to see what they look like this season. Every year is a fresh start!

  30. wausa Says:

    One of the best features on joebucsfan is the practice notes and nuggets.

    Well done Joe.

  31. BucsBandit Says:

    @Loyaltotheend – don’t worry Jameis’ bad play this year will be the fault of our Defense (who isn’t even on the field when he plays), our bad Running Game, our O-Line’s fault (even though they were one of the top pass protection lines in the NFL given up few sacks)…

    It’s always SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT when Jameis Winston plays bad. Get used to it.

  32. teacherman777 Says:

    Hargreaves probably came “too stoned”

  33. TOM Says:

    Hargreaves better be careful or he may be on the outside looking in. Joe, love the notes & nuggets. Keep up the good work.

  34. Old Sombrero Kid Says:

    America’s Quarterback is more like America’s Turnover Machine

  35. JimmyJack Says:

    Thanks Bonzai. I didn’t know that. Reguardless I will choose to ignore what you said and believe it means something.

    I am so ready for the Tampa2 to finally die. Dumping McCoy is the final nail that needs to be driven into that cofin. I for one cannot wait!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  36. Clean House Says:

    Meeting of the minds, ha
    Maybe, and hopefully 2 minds at best, 1 empty peanut for certain, guess who?

  37. DB55 Says:

    I told you that Whitehead and Wilson are the best at their positions but wtfdik

  38. JimmyJack Says:

    Good point about bringing up Liedke too. This will be one thing I will try to follow.

    I trust that Joe will take note and let’s us know how many 1st & 2nd team rep each player gets.

    Also, don’t be shocked if they add some camp meat at that spot and the both Benechot & Liedke get jumped. Campmeat could play a big role at RG too.

  39. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I love it….the “savior” of our defense intercepting “America’s QB”…

    Question….was Jameis ever dubbed the savior of our offense?

    (not a Jameis hater…..just don’t like “America’s QB” label….or “savior” either.

  40. SenileSenior Says:

    Ever hear “Rome was not built in one day.”? Maybe, there is something to an old cliche’.

    I am a short person but I don’t have a “short little attention span”.
    Culture Change, Team=>Fans
    Go Bucs!!!!! Win Now!

  41. BucsBandit Says:

    “AMERICA’S LB” – he’ll save us from the MISTAKE that was America’s QB.

  42. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Can anyone here explain how the Bucs went from having the sixth most cap to spend two short seasons ago to being dead last this year?

    Anything less than an 8-8 record demands Lichts dismissal.

  43. DooshLaRue Says:


    Yeah I believe JW was anointed the be the savior early on.
    I think Joe was posting a pic of him in a robe and with a halo a few years back.
    It was just rather …:::..:holy

    Wholly unnecessary……..

  44. JimmyJack Says:

    Senile……No that won’t work. This is Winston’s 1st day ever in Bruce’s offense and since he threw a pick it means Bruce failed with him……..This according to the logistics of Bucs Bandit.

  45. SCBucsFan Says:

    There was no doubt BA was going to use a vet as an example that the old culture is gone and you’d better get on board with the new way of doing things. Apparently VHIII was that guy.

    As for McCoy, one way or another do something with the guy. If he’s leaving then you are doing nothing but decreasing his value making him look like a malcontent. If he’s staying renegotiate and get him in.

  46. diddler Says:

    BucsBandit Says:
    May 14th, 2019 at 3:38 pm
    “AMERICA’S LB” – he’ll save us from the MISTAKE that was America’s QB.

    ^^^ Hopefully D. White doesn’t give JW a pass when it turns it over. Someone needs to hold him accountable and god knows the players, fans, coaches, GM, owners, people that run this site don’t!

  47. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Liedtke should play guard not tackle ..geesh

  48. Defense Rules Says:

    JimmyJack … It’s irrelevant at this point, but there’s nothing wrong with the Tampa 2 IMO, even to this day, PROVIDING you’re got a quality TEAM of seasoned players to make it work, with an awesome DC like Monte Kiffin orchestrating it. In 2002 when our defense was #1 in POINTS ALLOWED and #1 in YARDAGE ALLOWED there wasn’t a single rookie starting. The newest defensive starter, Dexter Jackson, was in his 3rd year in Monte’s system, and most had 5 or more years in the league (and with the Bucs).

    But that was the fallacy of the Tampa 2 IMO. The players were picked & developed to fit the system, not the other way around. That’s a key reason that I’m really excited to see Todd Bowles ‘hybrid defense’ in action here in Bucsville. I think it’ll be a LOT more flexible in terms of using our available talent than the Bucs’ defenses of the past 10 years have been. Obviously the infusion of specific talents (speed, length, etc) via this draft should be helpful too.

  49. SenileSenior Says:

    Gotcha, JimmyJack! :>)

    I am putting my energy and time into learning what the new ‘Buccaneers 3-4, man press’ scheme is all about.

    We do have a lot of pieces to our offense in place.

    My thing is to see how soon we can go from “In BA we must trust.” to “In BA we trust!”

    I am enjoying all of the chatter here. I am even learning more here and there.
    Culture Change, Team=>Fans
    Go Bucs!!!!! Win Now!

  50. JimmyJack Says:

    DR good post. I’m more frustrated then anything. We have been running Tampa 2 for well over thirty years now. The last decade plus has been some of the most atrocious defenses I have ever seen……..Mike Smith’s version of Tampa 2 was a boiling point for me. His version was the worst of them all and also the most generic.

    I’ll get over it at some point but just thinking about watching another Bucs team try and run another freaking steady 4man Tampa 2 causes me physical pain.

    I can’t wait to get rid of that defense once and for all and when the season kicks off I will bring my copy of the Tampa 2 playbook with me to give it a proper funeral, tailgate style………Not sure what the drunks will do to it but any rementants or pieces that remain will be left of the deck of the ship. Feel free to walk by and wipe your feet with it.

  51. PriMech54 Says:

    Oh, Look! More neurotic, panic-ridden Buc fans crying wolf about an interception thrown on DAY ONE of OTA’s. Lmao! You really cannot get any more dense, seriously. Ya’ll act like friggin’ teenagers…

  52. #1bucsfan Says:

    Great stuff joe keep em coming

  53. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:

    Soooo the defense (White) is not suppose to play well enough to intercept. Then what is practice for?

    Did I mention it is the 1st day of practice?

    Good the 5th round pick (White) will make the QBs better.
    Iron sharpens iron