The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have gone through the motions at practices this year, but with no contact allowed, most of it was simply drilling scheme. Real competitions can't happen until the pads come on -- and some would say they can't happen until preseason games are played. Today we finally got a glimpse at the team's first padded practice.
Lovie Smith yesterday noted that there were no major injuries in training camp, but second-year cornerback Rashaan Melvin was in a walking boot today, according to Rick Brown. That usually (though not always) means a high-ankle sprain, which tend to last a few weeks.
No serious injuries seemed to pop up during practice, although Jamon Meredith did head off the field with a trainer, per Rick Stroud. That was probably just dehydration, though.
Jamon Meredith was once again starting at left guard, with Oniel Cousins taking up the right guard spot, per Greg Auman. That should change with time. I hope. Either that or Cousins is much better now than he was then.
Da'Quan Bowers was playing at defensive tackle with the second-team defensive line, according to Rick Stroud. I didn't think he looked very good at that position during the past few seasons, but if he can help there he should have a better chance of sticking on the roster. Greg Auman notes that he also played defensive end, while Euclid Cummings and Matthew Masifilo rotated in at defensive tackle.
Second-string offensive line is same today for Bucs: (l-r) Pamphile, Edwards, Foster, Omameh and Patchan. Bowers getting look at DT.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 27, 2014
Matt Patchan absolutely manhandled Da'Quan Bowers, jamming him in chest throwing him off balance. Next play, Bowers blew by Patchan— JoeBucsFan (@JoeBucsFan) July 27, 2014
Meanwhile, Adrian Clayborn beat Demar Dotson in one-on-ones three times in a row, per JoeBucsFan. That's pretty good news for the pass rush. Or bad news for the offensive line. Steven Means also got a few mentions from various media members.
For those concerned about fullback, for whatever reason, it seems Jorvorskie Lane is winning, per Roy Cummings. Finally, I saw lots of mentions of 6'5" receiver Tommy Streeter. The fact that he hasn't been able to even stick on a roster for three straight years signals a need for some caution there, though.
Pictures and Vines
The team takes to the field. In pads! pic.twitter.com/SY4SGHV3cK— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 27, 2014
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Bucs QBs have focus tested with giant green ball tossed at them during passing drills. pic.twitter.com/9YzSZmj21l— Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 27, 2014
Full pads in Tampa!! pic.twitter.com/KgfAG3vSKe— Warren Sapp (@WarrenSapp) July 27, 2014
Bubble screen in action. https://t.co/hWOgoZryIN— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 27, 2014
Mike can't quite hold on. https://t.co/pHp6F40XCa— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 27, 2014
Danny Gorrer with the recovery on an under thrown ball. https://t.co/PvFTeV3Id1— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 27, 2014
Mike breaks back outside for the grab against Gorrer. https://t.co/rv0gpInGxN— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 27, 2014
Gorrer falls against Page. https://t.co/hgmiqfyNeY— Leo (@LeoHowell8) July 27, 2014