Sights From Day 2 Of Rookie Minicamp

May 13th, 2023

Calijah Kancey chugs water at Bucs rookie minicamp today.

A little bit more energy in the latter half of underwear football practice today at One Buc Palace for Day 2 of rookie minicamp.

Bucs coach Todd Bowles yesterday mentioned that he ordered the team to have more water breaks than usual because players weren’t really in football shape (but were in shape, he said) and a bunch aren’t quite used to Florida weather in May.

Those guys seemed to lose some steam as practice grew longer yesterday.

Today, the weather gave the players a taste of what is to come in July when training camp begins. When the sun came out, it was hot. Not warm, hot.

So here are a few players Joe took note of this afternoon:

* Remember, this is underwear football. No pads, no helmets and no hitting of any sort.

* Overall, Joe thought the pass defense won the day. Lots of batted down balls by linebackers and defensive backs. Good coverage overall.

* Corner Don Gardner (remember him?) flies in to bat a pass away from Taye Barber of TCU at the very last instant. Barber stuck out in Friday’s practice. He was targeted a lot today but the defense seemed to be ready for him.

* Tight end Payne Durham hauled in a pass along the left sideline, short. Such a big target. If this guy could stretch the field he’d be a monster.

* Linebacker Jeremy Banks of Tennessee tips a pass intended for Durham, again on the left side.

* Jerreth Sterns (remember him?) catches a short pass over the middle.

* Kade Warner of Kansas State (Kurt’s son) is in the middle of a crowd along the left sideline but he somehow brings the ball in.

* Warner again finds a pass over the middle. Warner seems to be one of these guys that, despite not being the best athlete on the field or the quickest guy, always finds a way to get open.

* James Bostic of Ohio, a MAC tight end, was coming across the middle from the right side and had a pass thrown behind him. The ball looked to be in the hands of defensive back Keenan Isaac from Alabama State but Bostic made a heady move by reaching back and pulling the ball out of Isaac’s mitts for a catch.

* Mekhi Sargent from Iowa, a running back, makes like Doug Martin on each touch. Even when a play was over in practice, Martin used to run the ball to the end zone. Sargent does the same.

* Division-II star Ronnie Brown takes a handoff, runs inside the left tackle and has a nice gain. For some reason, this play got a big reaction from the offense.

* On a pass aimed for Emmanuel Daigbe of James Madison, who was running in from the right side, linebacker Brandon-Bouyer of UConn raced in from the left and just missed the ball. However, Brandon-Bouyer’s play was just enough to distract Daigbe who then dropped the ball off his fingertips.

* Isaac steps in and bats down a pass intended for Barber.

* Brown “blocks” in the backfield slightly to the left, then releases as the receivers cleared the left flat for him and Brown has a nice gain on a short pass to the left side.

* Isaac tips the ball away from David Moore of East Central (Oklahoma).

* Sterns skies along the left sideline between defensive backs to bring in a pass.

26 Responses to “Sights From Day 2 Of Rookie Minicamp”

  1. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Kancey is from the Miami area, but has played up north most of his college career. He said he was going to be sure and stay hydrated, so it is good to see him doing that.

  2. Lt. Dan Says:

    No mention of Sean Tucker. was he not at practice due to his condition or….just a meh kind of guy who was at practice.

  3. Marine Buc Says:

    Ronnie Brown is an interesting prospect… Check out this guy’s highlight film.

    I know it was against D-II but dam. The dude can straight out ball.

  4. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Bowles giving more “water breaks” to see how tough his players are, is genius.

    It’s already May, and temps are warm, lol

  5. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    Bowles: “Wouldn’t want the players to do too much, or over-heat”

  6. Vegasbuccaneer Says:

    Kyle Baker??

  7. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    I told my boss:.. “I need more water-breaks, and can’t do too much”

    He fired me !!

  8. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    What about, when it’s too cold? We need-warm up breaks !!
    Below 40 degrees? (It’s a wet cold)

  9. Bojim Says:

    At this point, football is football.

  10. The Beer Whisperer Says:

    I have no doubt, Todd Bowles is building a tough team.

    *Within a certain temperature range*

  11. SRQ Bucs Fan Says:

    Thanks for the update Joe. Who’s throwing balls and is there anything notable?

  12. HC Grover Says:

    Where be the water boy?

  13. Joe Says:

    Thanks for the update Joe. Who’s throwing balls and is there anything notable?

    Two pieces of camp meat who will receive their parting gifts tonight.

    is there anything notable?

    If there was you’d have read it in this here post.

  14. Infomeplease Says:

    Football season is creeping into reality.

  15. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Joe – still no word when Sean Tucker will participate?

  16. adam from ny Says:

    the young guys will have to adjust some to the heat…

    jensen can school these young-bucks and tell them to powder up…

    and we seem to only have one crazy cold game in mid december in green bay…that’ll be cold af…

    late october at buffalo could be balmy…but you never know if an unexpected cold front hits ny…

    potential high heat games are vs chicago, potentially vs philly (but at least it’s a night game)…and you don’t know until you know with the detroit and atlanta home games…

    the home opener, chicago game, will most likely be a sauna at ray jay

  17. Rod Munch Says:

    Talking about that Ronnie Brown kid again…

    In 41 career games, he ran 370 times for 3,041 rush yards (8.2) and 30 touchdowns, along with 81 catches for 1,158 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. My goodness, over 8-yards per carry on average – and this last season he was still improving as it was 8.4 yards per carry.

    His RAS is 9.35, with ‘poor’ size (5′ 10″ 192), with ‘great’ explosion numbers, and elite speed and agility. He’s got physical abilities you’d need. He’s on the smaller size, but isn’t too small.

    Yes, the competition he played against looks pitiful, however, against bad competition, that’s the type of domination you’d want to see. Been saying this since we signed him, but go watch his highlight tape, it’s just a fun highlight reel, and he looks/plays different than anyone else on the roster.

    Very much a longshot to make the team, BUT, I will point out this time last year I said all these same things about Thompkins (who looked like a mini D-Jax in college), and he did eventually make it on the roster.

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    You can all joke about the water breaks, but players have been know to drop dead without enough of them. No harm in being safe.

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Korey Stringer for one.

  20. LakelandSteve Says:

    Apparently Sean Tucker didn’t participate again or he wasn’t worth mentioning or Joe would have talked about him. Especially with all the hype.

  21. Dooley Says:

    ^^^Sean Tucker was at practice, just not participating. There are pictures of him on the teams site, he’s no.44. in the gallery thumbnail and the kid looks like he’s got pads on without his pads on lol. Tucker & the OLMen Dzansi were both a day behind and had their 1st day yesterday

  22. Dooley Says:

    Joe, how’s Lindsey Scott look?

  23. garro Says:

    More vdeo links please Joe. Loved Mauch in the background showing off his movemnt abilities.

  24. THOMAS PFALZ Says:

    Joe. Great reporting. Need more.

  25. Tiny Dungy Says:

    Thank you Joe for the insights

  26. Goatfarmer Says:

    Fun tuff reading about all these hopefuls.