On Tuesday the Bucs hit the apply discipline to start their ultimate week of voluntary OTA practices on the AdventHealth Coaching Heart. The third open apply to the media came about underneath sunny skies and temperatures within the higher 80s.
This may need been the lightest attended OTA thus far, as a number of outstanding veterans have been absent, together with quarterback Tom Brady. Different notable absences embody offensive tackles Tristan Wirfs and Donovan Smith, extensive receivers Mike Evans and Russell Gage, Jr. and operating again Leonard Fournette.
On protection, outdoors linebackers Shaq Barrett and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, defensive tackles Vita Vea and Rakeem Nunez-Roches, inside linebacker Devin White and security Antoine Winfield, Jr. have been absent. Outdoors linebacker Anthony Nelson, inside linebacker Grant Stuard and cornerback Don Gardner have been current, however held out as a consequence of accidents. Cornerbacks Carlton Davis III and Sean Murphy-Bunting confirmed up for the primary OTA that was open to the media.
Information broke after apply that the Bucs signed veteran defensive deal with Akiem Hicks. This seemingly means the tip of Ndamukong Suh’s time in Tampa Bay.
QB Killa Helps Corridor
One massive identify that was in attendance on Tuesday was Bucs legend Warren Sapp. The Corridor of Fame defensive deal with was on the town at Todd Bowles’ request to work with rookie defensive deal with Logan Corridor and different defensive linemen.
“Me and him have a superb relationship,” Bowles mentioned. “I wished to deliver him in to show the D-linemen a number of issues. Coach Rodgers and Coach Lo have been all for it, so I believed it might be a good suggestion to study from a man who’s finished it not too long ago – or extra not too long ago than the coaches have. And it might be good for the fellows to listen to and see a distinct perspective.”
Sapp spent the person interval portion of apply working with the defensive linemen as they did hoop drills and bag drills. Corridor, the staff’s first draft choose this yr, obtained further consideration from Sapp throughout apply. Bowles has had a couple of month to work with Corridor and has been actually impressed with what he’s seen from the rookie so far.
“We just like the athleticism,” Bowles mentioned. “He’s studying the way to play together with his pads decrease, taking up double groups and understanding when to drop his knee and never simply bounce up speeding the passer. He’s an excellent athlete. We haven’t had that type of athlete shortly since we’ve been right here. We simply sit up for him getting higher and higher scheme-wise after which benefiting from his athleticism.”
Bowles gave Corridor some good reward, however definitely not as excessive because the reward dished out by defensive lineman Will Gholston. On final Thursday’s Pewter Report Podcast, the 10-year veteran mentioned Corridor was “extra athletic than J.J. Watt in his prime.”
It was attention-grabbing that Vea wasn’t readily available for Tuesday’s exercise with Sapp current. Sapp has been a vocal critic of Vea’s play previously.
Backup QB Battle Enters Week 3
There have been two several types of play from quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask on Tuesday. Gabbert went together with his typical routine of hitting the quick and intermediate passes beneath, then throwing to veteran gamers like Cam Brate when he wished to maneuver the ball down the sphere.
Trask then again tried to pressure too many performs. He was in a position to throw the ball into tight home windows final week, however didn’t have the identical type of success this time round. Trask continually threw the ball into site visitors, permitting the protection to document at the least three go breakups. One got here from rookie Zyon McCollum when defending Scotty Miller. Logan Ryan dropped a go thrown by Trask that ought to have gone for an interception.
Though Gabbert was extra constant of the 2, he did have the one interception of the day. His go was tipped by a defender after which picked off by security Troy Warner.
Trask did bounce again within the second half of apply, connecting on a deep ball throughout 7-on-7s to Scotty Miller for a landing. Bowles thought that Trask regarded good once more on the market.
“His accuracy has been good, however once more, we’re in shorts and t-shirts,” Bowles mentioned. “They know they’re not going to get hit. The accuracy goes to be good from each quarterback. He’s choosing up the scheme properly. He’s making all the best reads proper now. We’re attending to see him in some aggressive intervals that’s making him make some fast selections. We like what we see.”
Large Day For Bucs Tight Ends
Of all of the gamers that have been collaborating on Tuesday, it was the tight ends that balled out. Cam Brate in all probability led the Bucs in receptions throughout staff drills. He and Gabbert have been on the identical web page all morning as they teamed up for one of many longest completions over the center on a catch and run.
In pink zone drills, Brate confirmed why this a part of the sport is his bread and butter as he made a troublesome reception ultimately zone for a landing. Codey McElroy additionally confirmed up at apply making some good catches down the sphere. He did a pleasant job of making separation for himself and making simply sufficient room to finish the play. McElroy has at all times been a strong receiver, he simply must be extra bodily.
One tight finish that didn’t notably have a superb day was rookie J.J. Howland. He dropped a straightforward ball to him on a brief route and confirmed his frustration proper after. He had one other drop the week earlier than.
Different go catchers that impressed as soon as once more was Scotty Miller. Alongside together with his deep ball landing, Miller almost juked Carlton Davis III out of his footwear early on and made a diving catch on one other play to remain in bounds. Miller obtained a high-five from Sapp, who was comfortable together with his play. Jaelon Darden additionally took one other catch to the home by getting previous the defensive backs.
Bucs Edge Rusher Competitors Continues
The competitors rages on for the fourth outdoors linebacker place. With neither Barrett or Tryon-Shoyinka there, it opened up alternatives for different gamers.
Cam Gill and Elijah Ponder every recorded a “can be” sack on the day. Gill used his trademark pace to get by offensive deal with Fred Warner on the left facet. Ponder did his work on the best facet and stunted in the direction of the center.
In addition to the occasional massive play from Brate or Miller, the protection was fairly sound of their protection. Loads of that needed to do with having a lot of the starers within the secondary obtainable. Many veterans missed this apply, however the secondary was properly represented with Davis, Jamel Dean, Murphy-Bunting, Logan Ryan, Keanu Neal and Mike Edwards all there.