SR’s Fab 5 is a set of reporting and evaluation on the Bucs from yours really, Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds. Listed here are 4 issues that caught my consideration this week, plus some random tidbits in my Buc Pictures part on the finish. Get pleasure from!
FAB 1. Bucs Ability Positions
Tampa Bay’s offense is broad receiver-driven, and it’s stacked on the place. However the working again room and tight finish place have been bolstered by new additions, too.
QB Tom Brady
Brady nonetheless throws top-of-the-line deep balls and has had a scorching begin to camp. He doesn’t look or play like he’s going to show 45, nor does Brady appear like he’s considering retirement behind his thoughts.
QB Blaine Gabbert
Gabbert has been Gabbert. Makes a couple of spectacular throws, and makes a couple of he needs he had again. Can he dangle on to the No. 2 QB job once more this yr? Presumably. It relies upon extra on how Kyle Trask fares than something.
QB Kyle Trask
Trask appears to be like higher than he did a yr in the past. He’s extra decisive and faster together with his arrange and launch. It is a huge preseason for him for 2023 and past. He’ll have to win the backup job this yr to make the group believe in him as a possible starter. Trask is making strides however the preseason video games might be big for him.
QB Ryan Griffin
He’ll be the observe squad quarterback once more and infrequently takes snaps in camp practices exterior of particular person drills.
RB Leonard Fournette
Fournette got here to camp in nice form and is definitely the most effective working again on the workforce. He appears to be like fast and highly effective and is catching the ball nearly as good as ever out of the backfield. With any weight considerations behind him, Fournette is off to an ideal begin in camp.
RB Giovani Bernard
Bernard has obtained extra reps within the first week of observe than he did a yr in the past. That’s due to the departure of Ronald Jones II. If the season began at this time Bernard may be the No. 2 again. The veteran is wholesome and nonetheless electrical with the ball in his fingers in house.
RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn
That is the most effective model of Vaughn we’ve seen as he enters his third yr in Tampa Bay. He’s catching the ball higher and is aware of the offense in and out. However does Vaughn have sufficient bodily expertise to win the No. 2 RB job? That’s unlikely until Bernard or Rachaad White falter.
RB Rachaad White
The rookie has been eased in camp with extra reps going to Fournette, Bernard and Vaughn up to now. White has performed a greater job catching the ball than he has as a between-the-tackles runner. As soon as he dons the pads we’ll learn how bodily White is as a runner.
RB Kenjon Barner
Barner has had an excellent begin to camp. Like White, he’s a greater receiver than a runner at this cut-off date. He’s extra fast than quick, and must win the return specialist job to make the roster. Barner appears destined for the observe squad.
WR Mike Evans
In wonderful form, pencil Evans in for one more 1,000-yard season if he stays wholesome. Evans hasn’t misplaced a step and has simply gotten even craftier and extra exact as a route runner.
WR Chris Godwin
Godwin didn’t observe the primary week. The workforce is being cautious about his return to motion, however he did go the workforce bodily to keep away from being positioned on the PUP record.
WR Russell Gage
Gage acquired higher because the week went on. He’s getting extra comfy within the offense and his rapport with Brady is rising with every observe. Gage is a fast and artful route runner with good fingers. To this point he’s nearly as good as marketed.
WR Julio Jones
He solely practiced with the Bucs twice through the first week. However the 6-foot-3, 220-pound receiver nonetheless strikes effectively at age 33. His cuts are razor sharp for such a giant man, and Jones’ fingers are nonetheless top-notch. He’s the most effective No. 4 receiver within the league. Jones might be an enormous addition in Tampa Bay if he stays wholesome.
WR Cyril Grayson, Jr.
Grayson appears to be selecting up from the place he left off final yr. It’s clear that he has the belief of Brady and Gabbert given the variety of targets he’s obtained in observe. Grayson is fast, quick and shows improved fingers.
WR Breshad Perriman
Perriman has made some huge performs in camp, however must be extra constant working routes and getting open. He’s within the combine for a roster spot due to his measurement and velocity. However Perriman disappears too usually in observe and isn’t focused as a lot as different receivers.
WR Jaelon Darden
The second-year receiver had a robust first week catching the ball. Darden nonetheless makes some psychological errors that he wants to scrub up, however the huge factor he wants to point out is that his degree of play doesn’t drop off when the pads come on. Darden could be very a lot within the combine for the return specialist job as effectively.
WR Deven Thompkins
The rookie has had a scorching begin to camp and has proven nice fingers and playmaking skill. Thompkins is a brilliant participant with an excellent soccer I.Q. and performs like a veteran. He performs greater than his measurement and his electrical velocity stands out. He’s additionally within the combine to be the return specialist.
WR Tyler Johnson
Johnson is off to a greater begin in camp than he was a yr in the past when he reported out of practice. However he’s not very quick and his fingers aren’t dependable. Johnson has been focused a bunch, however has had bother placing collectively a clear observe with out some key drops.
WR Scotty Miller
Miller had an excellent first week of camp and appears wholesome and quick. However is it sufficient? He’s not the one burner on the roster and his lack of measurement limits his sport. Miller will want a giant preseason to make the workforce and should discover a position on particular groups, too.
WR Jerreth Sterns
Sterns is the basic definition of “regular Eddie,” and he’s extra fast than quick. He’s a dependable receiver within the Adam Humphries mildew, however maybe a bit extra dynamic. Sterns is brief, however compactly constructed and can go up and get passes like a 6-foot receiver regardless of being 5-foot-8.
WR Kameron Brown
Brown stands out at 6-foot-3, 210 kilos and has good velocity for a giant man. He’s made a couple of performs the primary week of observe to squarely put himself in place to compete for the ultimate roster spots. He’ll should be bodily and play to his measurement as soon as the pads come on.
WR Kaylon Geiger
Geiger is barely greater than Sterns and Thompkins, and has made a couple of performs. However he didn’t stand out as a lot as the opposite undrafted free agent receivers through the first week of observe. He did nevertheless come down with a couple of good landing grabs, together with one to cap off Fridays observe.
WR Vyncent Smith
Smith is an okay camp receiver, and has good measurement at 6-foot-3, 195 kilos. However it is a crowded WR room and he most likely impressed the least through the first week of camp.
TE Cameron Brate
Brate is clearly the most effective tight finish on the roster. He has the belief of all the quarterbacks and is aware of the offense. Brate isn’t the participant he as soon as was, however he’s atop the depth chart for now for good cause.
TE Kyle Rudolph
Rudolph nonetheless has nice fingers, however he’s clearly misplaced a step. He’s not quick or agile, however nonetheless has a good quantity of quickness to create some separation. Rudolph’s calling card might be his skill to dam, and we’ll see that subsequent week when the pads come on.
TE Cade Otton
The rookie has made some performs within the passing sport and appears like a youthful model of Brate at instances. The important thing might be to see how bodily he’s subsequent week in full pads. The Bucs drafted Otton to be an entire tight finish and blocking would be the key to him incomes enjoying time.
TE Ko Kieft
Maybe no participant will elevate his sport extra when the pads come on than Kieft. He’s an okay athlete and receiver, however his forte is obstructing. The rookie’s head was swimming at instances within the first week as he had bother finding the participant he was supposed to dam on some working performs.
TE J.J. Howland
Howland had some psychological errors through the first week by way of the place to line up. He’ll have to get that corrected instantly. Howland is an extended tight finish at 6-foot-6, however must play greater and be extra bodily when the pads come on. He additionally had a couple of notable drops.
TE Bug Howard
Howard was signed on the finish of the week, however he’s a handsome athlete and an excellent receiver. He’s very gentle at 240 kilos and should play greater than his measurement as a blocker subsequent week when the pads come on.
TE Ben Beise
He didn’t stand out through the first week of camp, and with the addition of Rudolph and Howard, Beise should catch the ball constantly and stand out in a rush.
FAB 2. Bucs Offensive Line
Tampa Bay’s offensive line was dealt a blow when Professional Bowl heart Ryan Jensen suffered a severe left knee damage. Left guard Aaron Stinnie blocked defensive sort out Logan Corridor into Jensen, who’s out for a number of months – possibly longer.
LT Donovan Smith
Smith appears to be like like he’s in the most effective form of his profession. He’s huge, quick and powerful and appears primed for one more nice season at left sort out.
LG Aaron Stinnie
After Stinnie blocked Logan Corridor into Ryan Jensen’s knee he hasn’t been seen within the beginning lineup. In reality, he was moved to second-string proper guard after that occurred. The arrow will not be pointing up for Stinnie after the primary week of camp.
C Ryan Jensen
The Professional Bowler was off to a sensational begin to camp earlier than his severe knee damage throughout Thursday’s observe. He was carted off and can miss a number of months – if not all the yr.
RG Shaq Mason
Mason is nearly as good as marketed. He’s simply the quickest and quickest lineman on the workforce. Mason is lethal in house on display screen passes and zone blocks. He needs to be an improve over Alex Cappa.
RT Tristan Wirfs
The All-Professional is off to an ideal begin in camp. Wirfs appears to be like like an All-Professional as a result of he’s an All-Professional. He’s a famous person and the most effective proper sort out within the sport.
C Robert Hainsey
Jensen’s damage paves the way in which for Hainsey to begin – if he can dangle on to the job. He’s gotten greater, and everybody raves about his intelligence. Hainsey is fast and athletic, however his physicality might be examined when the pads come on.
LG Brandon Walton
Walton can play guard and sort out, and acquired a glance with the starters the final two days of observe at left guard. At 6-foot-5, 300 kilos he has an excellent body. Walton is athletic and packs a punch. The query is – can he keep within the beginning lineup?
C Nick Leverett
Leverett went from being the backup proper guard to the backup heart. Maybe essentially the most versatile offensive lineman, Leverett is within the combine for the beginning heart job with Hainsey.
LG Luke Goedeke
Bodily, Goedeke appears to be like the half. He’s huge and powerful and appears like a block of granite. The important thing for him might be making the transition from proper sort out to left guard and getting the playbook down. Can he win the beginning job? We’ll discover out within the preseason.
OT Fred Johnson
A large offensive lineman at 6-foot-7, 326 kilos, Johnson wins with size and power. He’s a pure backup proper sort out, however the coaches wish to see if he can play left sort out, too. Johnson practiced there on Thursday with the second-string. Normally he’s the second-team proper sort out.
OT Josh Wells
Wells may be feeling some warmth from Johnson’s arrival, however he’s clearly the most effective backup left sort out on the workforce at this level. In reality, the veteran may be a greater left sort out than proper sort out at this stage of his profession.
C John Molchon
Molchon retains hanging round on the observe squad on account of his versatility. He’s in a position to play each guard spots and heart. With Jensen out he’s clearly the No. 3 heart, however not a lock to make the workforce by any means.
G Sadarius Hutcherson
Contemporary off the PUP record, Hutcherson has some floor to make up after lacking his rookie season on account of a torn ACL. He’s a dominant run blocker, however should present enchancment as a go protector.
OT Dylan Prepare dinner
He acquired some reps because the backup proper sort out throughout Thursday’s observe. The undrafted rookie has good measurement at 6-foot-6, 305, however he’s not prepared for NFL motion but. Prepare dinner is a probable observe squad candidate.
OT Jonathan Hubbard
Like Prepare dinner, Hubbard is probably going destined for the observe squad. An even bigger lineman at 6-foot-4, 314 kilos, his degree of play must rise subsequent week as soon as the pads come on.
G Curtis Blackwell
Blackwell is one other undrafted rookie free agent that can want time to develop. He has an excellent body at 6-foot-5, 308 kilos, but it surely’s been a giant transition from Ball State to the Buccaneers for Blackwell up to now.
FAB 3. Bucs Defensive Line + Linebackers
Tampa Bay’s entrance seven has regarded sharp through the first week of coaching camp. Listed here are the participant evaluations after Week 1.
DT Akiem Hicks
The newly signed defensive sort out appears to be like like an improve over Ndamukong Suh. He’s greater and faster off the ball. If Hicks stays wholesome for the entire season he’s able to getting 6-8 sacks and being a pressure versus the run.
NT Vita Vea
Vea dropped a bunch of weight over the summer season and appears wonderful. He’s been his typical juggernaut self through the first week of camp. As soon as the pads come on subsequent week the Professional Bowler’s impression might be felt much more on protection.
DE Will Gholston
Gholston had his finest season final yr at age 30 and reveals no indicators of slowing down. He’s a run stopper that has turn out to be craftier as a go rusher over time.
NT Rakeem Nunez-Roches
Nunez-Roches is in wonderful form, having shed a couple of kilos. He appears to be like faster and extra explosive as a run stuffer and can rotate at nostril sort out with Vea.
DT Logan Corridor
The rookie has excessive expectations for himself and the instruments to supply six sacks in his first yr in Tampa Bay. Athletically he appears to be like the half. The important thing might be shortly studying the nuances of enjoying defensive sort out within the NFL.
DE Patrick O’Connor
O’Connor makes the workforce every year on account of being a core particular groups participant. However he’s improved yearly as a defensive lineman. O’Connor is hard and tenacious for being undersized at 270 kilos.
NT Deadrin Senat
The brand new veteran has been nearly as good as marketed. However at 6-foot-1, 305 kilos he’s strictly a nostril sort out and doesn’t provide a lot versatility. He may stick on the observe squad.
DL Benning Potoa’e
Potoa’e has been a observe squad mainstay for years. He’s added some wanted weight and is stronger now than he has been in years previous. Potoa’e wants a giant preseason.
DL Willington Previlon
At 6-foot-5, 287 kilos, the Bucs like his measurement and skill to maneuver. He’ll should be bodily when the pads come on.
DL Mike Greene
Greene made the workforce as a tryout participant. He’s highly effective going by means of the bag drills. Now he’ll want to point out that energy when the Bucs go to full pads.
OLB Shaquil Barrett
Barrett has been spending extra time at proper exterior linebacker like he did in 2019, however will play on each side. He’s had a improbable begin to camp versus the run and the go. Barrett appears poised for one more Professional Bowl season.
OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka
Tryon-Shoyinka is definitely the quickest and most athletic edge rusher the Bucs have. He’s off to an ideal begin in camp and is de facto testing Wirfs together with his go rush.
OLB Anthony Nelson
Nelson has made huge strides is enjoying with elevated confidence. He’s coming into a contract yr and has put himself in place to be the primary edge rusher off the bench to play on both aspect.
OLB Cam Gill
Gill had a pleasant interception through the first week, exhibiting off his elevated skill to drop in protection. He’s changing into a extra well-rounded exterior linebacker and the preseason might be vital for him.
OLB Elijah Ponder
Ponder appears to be like nice, having dropped 35 kilos after enjoying defensive sort out in faculty again in 2020. He’s bodily, and excels in setting the sting and stopping the run. Ponder is engaged on his go rush, and the preseason video games might be key for him.
OLB Andre Anthony
Anthony appears to be like the half, however hasn’t actually stood out in observe but. He’ll should be extra bodily when the pads come on subsequent week.
OLB Jordan Younger
The undrafted free agent appears to be like actually undersized at 6-foot-3, 230 kilos. He’ll have to step up his sport and play greater when the workforce goes to full pads.
OLB JoJo Ozougwu
Like Younger, Ozougwu has but to differentiate himself as an edge setter or go rusher in observe. All three of the workforce’s rookie exterior linebackers appear like camp our bodies up to now.
ILB Devin White
White has proven a greater consideration to particulars, particularly in go protection, up to now. The important thing might be to point out enchancment getting off blocks in run protection as soon as the workforce is in full pads.
ILB Lavonte David
David is wholesome and appears poised to return to type as he enters a giant contract yr. His interception of Brady within the crimson zone was his signature play through the first week of observe.
ILB Okay.J. Britt
Britt has drawn rave critiques from the coaches for his soccer I.Q. He’s processing the sport quicker as he has a greater grasp of the playbook. Britt continues to be a restricted athlete, so the preseason might be huge for him. But he’s already higher than Kevin Minter was because the No. 3 inside ‘backer.
ILB Grant Stuard
Stuard missed Saturday’s observe, however ought to excel once more on particular groups. That’s the place he’ll make the roster. Stuard’s measurement and velocity limitations present up on protection they usually’re not going away anytime quickly.
ILB Olakunie Fatukasi
An even bigger physique at 6-foot-2, 240 kilos, Fatukasi appears to be like like he can pack a wallop within the run sport. The important thing might be how bodily he’s in pads, and the way fluid he could be dropping in protection.
ILB J.J. Russell
At 6-foot-1, 225 kilos, Russell is the smallest linebacker other than Stuard. He has respectable velocity, however he’ll should play huge as soon as the pads come on and the physicality will get dialed up.
FAB 4. Bucs Secondary + Specialists
Week 1 evaluations wrap up with a take a look at Tampa Bay’s secondary and particular groups.
CB Carlton Davis III
Davis enters camp as clearly the most effective cornerback on the roster. He had an ideal first week with a couple of huge performs, together with an interception off a tipped go. Davis acquired a giant payday within the offseason and deserved it.
CB Sean Murphy-Bunting
Murphy-Bunting has strictly been enjoying exterior cornerback through the first week, and working with the starters forward of Jamel Dean. The experiment with him within the slot seems to be over. Murphy-Bunting had a good begin to camp, however didn’t make any performs.
CB Jamel Dean
Dean has been relegated to second-string proper cornerback. Is that this as a result of the Bucs wish to get an excellent take a look at SMB exterior, or are they sad with Dean? Dean dropped a giant finish zone interception in observe. Coming into a contract yr, these are the performs he must make.
CB Zyon McCollum
Everyone seems to be excessive on McCollum. He has superb measurement at 6-foot-2, 199 kilos and supreme athleticism and nice fingers. The one factor lacking is simply expertise and that can include reps. McCollum will push for a beginning spot reverse Davis this yr.
CB Dee Delaney
Delaney had an ideal offseason, however has been picked on a bit through the first week of camp. He’ll have to rebound and make some performs on the ball subsequent week when the pads come on.
CB Kyler McMichael
McMichael appears to be like like he has the potential to be an NFL cornerback, however he additionally appears to be like like a rookie. Naturally he’s been picked on at the beginning of camp. We’ll see how he fares when the pads come on.
CB Ross Cockrell
Cockrell has clearly misplaced a step and hasn’t impressed. He was the darling of camp final yr when he moved to security, selecting off a bunch of passes. However at age 31, Father Time appears to be calling Cockrell’s identify.
CB Rashard Robinson
Robinson was introduced in to be a gunner on particular groups final yr. That’s the place he’ll should earn a roster spot in 2022. He’s not ok to make it as a cornerback.
CB Don Gardner
The undrafted free agent nook was positioned on the Bodily Unable to Carry out record at the beginning of camp and hasn’t been medically cleared to observe.
S Antoine Winfield, Jr.
Winfield was a Professional Bowl security final yr for the Bucs, however has virtually completely been enjoying within the slot at the beginning of observe. He had his ups and downs, particularly in man protection this week. Is that this a trial or will this be a brand new place for Winfield? Keep tuned.
S Mike Edwards
Edwards has had a strong, however not spectacular begin to camp. He appears to be like like a starter in that he hasn’t made many errors. However Edwards is a playmaker and we have to see some performs from him.
S Logan Ryan
Ryan appears to be a pure match at free security, which is the place he performed an excellent deal through the first week of observe. Very like how Winfield is attempting out a brand new spot, is free security going to be dwelling base? Or will Ryan get a glance within the slot, too?
S Keanu Neal
Neal is a pressure at 6-foot, 218 kilos. He’s the largest security on the roster and can get most of his enjoying time across the line of scrimmage, naturally. Each he and Ryan have performed some blitzing, which is frequent for safeties in a Bowles protection.
S Nolan Turner
Turner has good measurement at 6-foot-1, 202 kilos and actually got here on robust on the finish of the week with a deep go breakup and a would-be pick-6 on Saturday. He’ll have to impress on particular groups to pressure the Bucs to maintain 5 safeties.
S Troy Warner
Warner had a couple of performs go his approach through the first week of camp, however he’ll have to extra of a ballhawk in camp to face out. Proper now, Turner, a rookie, has made extra of an impression.
S Chris Cooper
Cooper could also be extra of an element on particular groups than on protection. He closed out the primary observe of the week with an interception, however hasnt performed something to face out since.
Okay Ryan Succop
The veteran kicker is in for the camp battle of his life this yr. Succop turns 36 in September and has misplaced some vary on his kicks.
Okay Jose Borregales
Borregales has had a robust begin to camp and is within the combine for the Bucs’ kicking duties. He was protected all yr final season on the observe squad and the workforce is excessive on the 2020 Lou Groza Award winner. He has a giant leg and can should be correct within the preseason.
P Jake Camarda
The rookie punter could be very athletic, has performed an excellent job holding and his punts have been booming. The Bucs minimize their backup punter this week, in order that’s an ideal signal for this yr’s fourth-rounder.
LS Zach Triner
Triner has quietly turn out to be top-of-the-line lengthy snappers within the sport. The Bucs are lucky to have such a dependable snapper.
FAB 5. SR’s Buc Pictures
• JULIO’S CONTRACT DETAILS: Spotrac has the contract particulars of Julio Jones’ new deal in Tampa Bay. In case you missed it, right here is Pewter Report’s breakdown too – detailing how little his cap hit is.
Julio Jones' 1 yr, $6M contract with the #Buccaneers consists of:
– $2M cap hit
– 4 void years ($3.45M lifeless)
– $1.165M base wage (GTD)
– $4.8M of bonus cash (GTD)
– $800k of catch incentives
– $800k of yard incentives
– $400k of playoff incentiveshttps://t.co/wqu25vvFE9
— Spotrac (@spotrac) July 30, 2022
• WILL JULIO HELP AGAINST THE SAINTS: Like Tampa Bay, new Bucs broad receiver Julio Jones has not precisely lit it up in opposition to the Saints in his years with the Falcons.
Saints have performed an ideal job of conserving Julio Jones out of the tip zone — he has 11 profession TDs vs. Bucs, however solely three vs. Saints. 18 profession video games vs. New Orleans, 102 catches for 1,615 yards, however solely three TDs, and none since 2016 season. https://t.co/cWjkMY0kYA
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 28, 2022
• BRADY UNHAPPY WITH HIS INITIAL MADDEN RATING: This one is simply self explanatory.
41 consciousness was simply unnecessarily imply. https://t.co/o7cXnsICTz
— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) July 18, 2022
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