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Bucs Training Camp Report: Day Five Brings "Scuffles"

 

By: Evan Winkofsky
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As the Buccaneers inch closer to the start of the season things heated up in day 5 of camp. "Everyday at practice you see something different. You know, the longer it goes, the more it gets a little chippy here and there. Had a few more scuffles out there today, I tell the guys always, 'you don't want a lot of fighting, you know in a game they throw you out of a game and that's not good.'"

Lovie continued: "We've had intense practices throughout and I don't think fighting proves your tough guys or anything like that and we have have to fight to get fired up for practice. It's about doing the day-to-day things and again, they don't let you fight during the game, so that's not really helping us an awful lot."

Second year tight end Tim Wright was not surprised by the increase in aggression "That's football. Sometimes that happens but at the end of the day we are family."

Speaking of family two veteran players seem to have developed a close knit relationship already. Josh McCown and Vincent Jackson were unstoppable. The pair connected on multiple touchdowns even receiving some "All Day" shouts from teammates. That chemistry might be the most important storyline out of One Buc. "Their chemistry or whatever you want to call it between he and Josh has to be good," said Lovie. "Vince, he’s a playmaker and when you get down there [red zone] you have to get the ball in your playmaker’s hands and we did that today, on more than one occasion.”

Special teams seemed to be a major focus of practice with kick coverage, return and onside kicks being spotlighted but it was the individual QB/WR drills that stole the show. 

McCown hit Mike Evans deep down the right sideline on the first play for a touchdown fitting the ball into a tight widow as WR and CB went one-on-one. He then connected on back to back touchdowns during a red zone corner drill. 

It wasn't all about the offense and when the teams lined up 11 v 11 the defense flexed it's muscle. There were multiple false start penalties, fumbles and check downs. With the line providing as much pressure as they can, without hitting the QB's, it was a small reminder that installing the new Jeff Tedford offense is a work in progress. 

 

 

 

 Notes:

  • Quote of the Day: Lovie on Charles Sims "I made the statement out there today, ‘He’s a scholarship player.’ If you’re looking at it in college terms, he didn’t walk-on, and he got the scholarship for a reason. Great feet, we drafted him because of what we saw, of course carrying the ball in between the tackles, but in the open field he can make you miss. He’s got excellent hands and the last couple of days he’s made a couple of really good cuts that brought a smile to all of our faces."
  • Hit of the Day: LB Danny Lansanah lined up TE Tim Wright in the flat and cracked him. The hit brought some of the Buccaneer faithful in attendance to their feet.
  • Eric Page, the second year WR out of Toledo had the most impressive kick return of the day. Started up the middle before breaking out down the right sideline. He split reps with Skye Dawson, Solomon Patton and Charles Sims. 
  • Josh McCown showed the perfect touch dropping TD passes to Mike Evans and Solomon Patton on deep fades. He followed that up displaying accuracy and zip hitting Tommy Streeter and Eric Page in tight widows in the corner of the end zone.
  • The leading WR in 11 on 11 was FB Jorvorski Lane... Even without Verner (Hamstring) the coverage was forcing the QB's to routinely check down. 
  • Rookie RB Charles Sims, from WVU, turned some heads with an impressive day running and catching the football. He drew the loudest cheers with back to back rushing TDs in the final drill of the day. 
  • Rookie RB Charles Sims, from WVU, turned some heads with an impressive day running and catching the football. He drew the loudest cheers with back to back rushing TDs in the final drill of the day. 
  • Safety Mark Barron continues his hot streak with another interception. Lovie mentioned that for him to develop the next stage of his game it will hinge in his pass coverage. So far so good. 
  • Injury Update: Lovie on Verner. "We're not playing Carolina tomorrow so we will take our time with him"

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