Sunday Practice Notes

August 30th, 2020

Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians monitors a special teams drill.

Sunday was the final open practice of 2020 Bucs training camp/preseason workouts. It was fun and memorable. So let’s get to it.

* Cornerback Carlton Davis did not practice. He was, however, on a side field in sweatpants and running, but from what Joe saw, none of it was at full-speed. Davis had a shoulder injury stemming from a tackle in Friday’s scrimmage at the Den of Depression.

* Also injured Friday was Ronald Jones. However, Jones did practice.

Highlights and observations from practice:

* Shady McCoy squeezes through traffic for a modest gain on the left side.

* Ke’Shawn Vaughn squirts through defenders on the left side until he is leveled by Rakeem Nuñez-Roches.

* Park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring Bucs quarterback Tom Brady goes way deep for Scotty Miller but it is broken up by D’Cota Dixon, who may have gotten away with being too handsy.

* At this point in practice, Bucs running backs are doing a nice job fighting through the run defense and gaining tough yards. This time it is Jones who battles for a first down and more on the left side.

* Brady to Godwin on the left side for a big gain. Joe hopes that is seen often in two weeks.

* O.J. Howard is so wide open on the left side of the field and Brady takes advantage.

* Call this play a Lovie Smith Special: On a slant from the left side, Brady throws what looked to be too high for Godwin but he showed some serious hops to nab the ball and get a good gain. Defending slant passes always baffled Lovie.

* It’s Tommy, not Timmy! Brady does a Tim Tebow impersonation where he jumps and then throws to hit RoJo on a short pass over the middle.

* Brady overthrows (?) Cam Brate on the right side who was double-covered. For a brief second there, Brate was open.

* A Blaine Gabbert throw was incomplete. Joe didn’t catch the intended receiver but did see Antoine Winfield wrap him up and toss him to the turf as if to send a message not to test Winfield over the middle again. Joe guesses Winfield will quickly learn NFL wet noddle-for-a-backbone Roger Goodell doesn’t like aggressive, physical play in his league.

* Brady to Evans on a crossing pattern for about 15 yards. Brady’s pass was slightly behind Evans so it suppressed any YAC Evans may have had.

* Lavonte David steps in front of Howard along the left sideline and drops what looked to be a pick-six. Defensive players whooped it up while Howard did a Keyshawn Johnson throw-a-flag schtick with his right arm going up and down.

* Foot-rubbing Rob Gronkowski takes a short pass along the right sideline for a short gain.

* Brady throws a perfect pass to Godwin along the right sideline in the end zone for a touchdown. Sean Murphy-Bunting went for the pick and just missed.

* Brate drops a Brady pass along the left sideline. Brate is not having a great day.

* Dare Ogunbowale with a nice catch-and-run on the left side from Gabbert.

* Gronk drops a short pass from Brady on the left side. It looked like Gronk tried to turn upfield before he had the ball.

* Brady connects with RoJo on the right side for a short gain.

* Short pass over the middle hauled in by Godwin from Brady.

* Mike Evans is wide open on the right side and Brady doesn’t waste the play. Gain of about 15.

* Has Joe mentioned before how pretty Brady’s passes are?

* Shady gets a pass from Brady on a crossing pattern from the right.

* Devin White is hollering at Bucs defensive backs near the end of a water break. The only thing Joe could make out was something about “highlights.”

* Whatever White said to the secondary paid off as the defensive backs have excellent coverage, which leads to a Jason Pierre-Paul virtual sack.

* On a pass intended for Scotty Miller in the right corner of the end zone, Jordan Whitehead picks off Brady. Though Miller is a much better player so far this year, he still gets outmuscled a a lot of contested passes.

* This time Brate hauls in a pass from Brady for a touchdown.

* Ogunbowale tries to go left and is swallowed up by the Bucs’ defense.

* Shortly afterwards, Ogunbowale runs left and weaves through the Bucs’ defense for a touchdown. This may have been the best run Joe has ever seen from Ogunbowale.

* Tanner Hudson is open along the left sideline and Gabbert literally hits him in the hands and the ball bounces off Hudson’s hands out of bounds. As Hudson is looking at his hands in disbelief, Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians could be heard hollering, “Catch the f@cking ball!”

* Antony Auclair catches a short Gabbert pass over the middle.

* Vaughn is driven out of bounds on the right side for minimal gain. The defense came to play today.

* Brady goes back to the well and hits Miller for a touchdown in the far right corner of the end zone. Almost the exact same play that was picked previously. A beautiful over-the-shoulder catch.

* Brady gets a bit antsy in the pocket from the Bucs’ pass rush and connects with Justin Watson over the middle.

* Brady overthrows Gronk on the left sideline. Joe is thinking it may have been a throwaway.

* Coverage sack! Joe couldn’t tell who was closest to Brady but he began to roll out of the pocket after everyone was covered and then the whistle blew meaning it was a virtual sack. Good job by the secondary of not letting anyone pop open.

* In goal line after the defense got someone on the Bucs’ offensive line to false start (there was a lot of chatter by the defense so it could have been a defensive penalty for forcing a penalty), Arians orders right guard Alex Cappa off the field. Arians later confirmed Cappa had a false start. Cappa’s ejection didn’t last long. He was out on the field the next time the first-team offense returned.

* Ogunbowale takes a beating from the punishing Bucs rush defense but gets the ball to the goal line.

* Fumble! Shady McCoy loses the ball and White flops on the ball like a Marine sergeant would a live hand grenade to save his platoon on Iwo Jima.

* Bucs defense is very vocal now. They’re feeling it.

* Vaughn tries to take on Will Gholston and White with a run up the middle. It wasn’t smart. Vaughn flies back and hits the turf like he ran into a wall. It’s like Gholston and White said, “Sit down, rookie.”

* Undaunted, Vaughn next tries the left side on a run. He may have gotten a yard.

* Godwin is drained. The Bucs have an orange wagon that looks just like a child’s red wagon from the pre-Vietnam era, which holds buckets of ice water. Godwin is sitting on the wagon as if he wanted to crawl in a tub of ice water. A trainer hands him towels soaked in ice water when it’s time to get back on the field.

* Brady aims for Howard along the right sideline but it is too far out of reach.

* Khalil Davis nearly tackled Ogunbowale for a safety. He’s down just outside the goal line.

* Miller catches a short pass from Brady over the middle.

* Brady then aims for Brate in the back of the end zone and Jamel Dean makes a sick pick where he barely got his feet inbounds along the backline. Toe tap. It looked like this (remember receiver Mike Williams?).

* Brady tries to squeeze a pass into Mike Evans when Sean Murphy-Bunting stepped in front of Evans and dropped a sure pick. The pass hit SMB right in the gut.

* Brate goes low to catch a Gabbert pass at the goal line.

* On the next play it looked as if Brate had a touchdown from Gabbert over the middle at the goal line but D’Cota Dixon stripped the ball loose for an incompletion. This was met with the approval of JPP who told a nearby Bucs videographer that “We need that on IG [Instagram].”

* Brady hits Miller at the goal line but the ball bounces off his hands right into Mike Edwards’ hands. But the second-year safety couldn’t hang on.

* Brady is chased from the pocket but he hits Godwin who was straddling the backline of the end zone for a score.

28 Responses to “Sunday Practice Notes”

  1. Roy T. Buford Says:

    “O.J. Howard is so wide open on the left side of the field and Brady takes advantage.”

    “Brady to Evans on a crossing pattern for about 15 yards. Brady’s pass was slightly behind Evans so it suppressed any YAC Evans may have had.”

    Brady: Very often doing stuff the last QB too often failed to do…(i.e., see the field). And, Brady rarely doing things the last QB did all too often (i.e., inaccurate throws to limit YAC).

    He must feel like a kid in a candy store.

  2. Roy T. Buford Says:

    “…analysis of the #bucs worst day on offense in camp.”

    Could it be that a less experienced Bucs D has, after a few weeks, not caught up the Bucs O, and they are making each other better?

    Two Weeks!

  3. Roy T. Buford Says:

    ^^^”now” caught up, not “not” caught up.

  4. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Like I said before, with the strange off season and training camp affecting all 32 teams, it will be critical to early success for the defense to be good early on. I think after 2 or 3 games that the offense will quickly start to come together.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Amazing Joe, wow…how do you get so much detail….Do you do an audio recording and write later? I didn’t think video was permitted. Take fast notes….whatever it’s impressive.

  6. SB Says:

    Only 12 of us in the JoeBucsFan Pickem league so far.
    11 days until Toe touches Leather guys!!!!
    Get in!

  7. Buc4evr Says:

    A few big reasons for preseason games – timing and communication. I just hope the offense is on the same page as Brady in two weeks.

  8. CPN Says:

    Hoping to see Scotty ball out as that fourth option for Brady. I’m liking that small, speedy guy.

  9. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Great job as always Joes, providing us with Buc nuggets to fuel our fires! Good to hear our DBs are getting their hands on a lot of passes today. This offense is gonna take its lumps, better to do it now than when it counts.

  10. JGhotier Says:

    These notes are the best!

    Does every other reporter realize that all Jenna Laine talks or asks about is Brady? 🤯

    “Coach does Brady put ketchup on his eggs?” – Jenna Laine 😂

  11. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    The Dog Days of Summer

    After several practices in the sweltering heat & humidity.
    Fatigue & Extreme soreness sets in.

    To quote Jimmy Johnson

    When you’re tired, you make mistakes, you don’t do what’s right, and your will to win all of a sudden, starts to waver just a little bit. You get tired and all of a sudden you don’t have that same fight. Fatigue makes cowards of us all

    These are the types of practices that forge the true of your team.

  12. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    These are the types of practices that forge the true *identity of your team

  13. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    The wife and I along with our two big dogs are driving from the Tampa Bay area to our camp in the Adirondacks straight thru starting the night of September 11th so I can see the Bucs on Sunday! This has the potential to be a really special season. Joe, greatly appreciate the practice notes. I almost feel like I’m there.

  14. Cobraboy Says:

    One more week of drudgery before cuts are made, camp breaks…and season prep begins.

    Because of the expanded practice squad which includes veterans, this is the first year I don’t expect vets to get cut, and the post-cut FA pickings will be slim.

    I also expect a merry-go-round of kickers to be blown through the next week.

  15. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I remember watching the game where Tebow jumped, landed, then threw a touchdown pass. A Florida State fan yelled “UP AND DOWN!!”, as if he was watching a basketball game! Hilarious! Glad to hear Carlton Davis is running (I never heard what his injury was) and Ron Jones is practicing.

  16. 541BucsFan Says:

    It sounds like we’ve reach the point in camp where the defense has seen the plays so many times they know all the routes. It’s time to play a real game.

  17. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Oh, and too bad that Yannick got traded to someone the Bucs have to play this year.

  18. DalvinCookRules Says:

    I counted six instances where Brady either threw a pick or a shouldve-been-picked. Interesting, if only one reminds himself of who the OC is.

  19. SB Says:

    Hey NOSBOS……here you go!

  20. SB Says:

    Hey LUV…………when ‘we’ want to make a difference, I am ready to join you!!!
    Get united! ALL of us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. SB Says:

    Fatigue makes cowards of us all

    It made a killer of me because I didn’t have the time to think.
    Not contesting your view LUV as I will rarely do.

  22. chickster Says:

    Good job joe

  23. SB Says:

    What does it take for ‘US’
    with opposing thumbs to figure this out amongst ourselves without the media shaping our views for us?

  24. lambchop Says:

    Did anyone else notice Brady discussing a route with Juice and then they ran the play and you couldn’t see the end result but Brady shook his head like, “nah, that’s not how I drew it up.”

    These guys need to get sharp fast. They’re going up against a team that hasn’t had the kind of changes we have. I expect to see a limited playbook the first couple of games till everyone gets it and gets in game shape. Then the playbook should open up more.

  25. Beeej Says:

    Would be interested to know if we were running a majority of 2 tight end sets? (I forget what you call that…12? 13?)

  26. #1bucfan Says:

    Great job joe. Thank you for the much needed info. Let’s go Bucs

  27. Joe Says:

    Would be interested to know if we were running a majority of 2 tight end sets?

    Bucs don’t want that out there. Part of deal: Don’t get specific about formations and you get to watch practice. Until yesterday. 🙂

  28. Owlykat Says:

    The Saints drafted a new Center and will expect him to start in our first game. That should give us a real chance with Vea in his face to actually get to Brees or force him into some crushing sacks by Pierre Paul or Barret. That will get him off his game and I expect a Big Win for our first game. Goooo Bucs!!!