The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were back in pads on Wednesday after a day off on Tuesday, and apparently that meant things got a bit chippy at One Buc Place.
It's getting serious today. Backs are getting taken to the ground this period. Lansanah bumping Wright to the ground. Some shoving.— Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) July 30, 2014
Here are some of the highlights from those in attendance.
Bucs tight end Brandon Myers is back at practice today. Had an excused absence on Monday ...— Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 30, 2014
Bucs corners Alterraun Verner (hamstring) and Rashaan Melvin (ankle) are spectators again today as team is back to practice ...— Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 30, 2014
Goldson now back out with No. 1 defense, along with Clayborn, McCoy, McDonald, Johnson; David, Foster, Casillas; Banks, Jenkins, Barron.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 30, 2014
The Buccaneers went with Kadeem Edwards and Patrick Omameh at guard once again on Wednesday, with Jamon Meredith and Oniel Cousins not returning to the first-team offense after losing that spot very early in camp.
Rookie Kadeem Edwards and second-year pro Patrick Omameh are lining up as first-string guards for Bucs today ...— Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 30, 2014
It's too early to really know for sure who will play at guard this season for the Buccaneers, and if those players are even on the roster. But Edwards and Omameh are definitely more of an unknown, and giving them as much work as possible makes sense.
A Physical Practice
The pads were on for the second time in training camp, but the players were apparently far more physical on Wednesday than they had been previously.
Here are just a few of the accounts from One Buc.
Leonard Johnson getting high-fives from defensive teammates for a big goal-line hit that stopped Skye Dawson cold.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) July 30, 2014
Not many really hard hits in camp, but LB Danny Lansanah just out Bucs TE Tim Wright on the ground with one ...— Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 30, 2014
Had a little dust up here. Nothing real serious. Just some guys getting aggressive. Good camp battle— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) July 30, 2014
Wow! Michael Johnson isn't just a speed rusher. Just put an offensive lineman flat on his back with a bull rush.— PewterReport.com (@PewterReport) July 30, 2014
Lovie Smith will want his team to be as physical as possible this season, forcing turnovers and dictating the flow of the game on defense. These updates indicate that Lovie's message has been heard loud and clear.
We know how good Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy are, but there have been some solid performances from unheralded players at camp so far this summer.
Danny Lansanah's name continues to pop up from time to time, as the backup linebacker finds himself around the football all the time. Here are some other players who stood out (for better or for worse) at today's practice.
Also, DE William Gholston unleashed a chest punch that completely knocked his opponent back on his heels.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) July 30, 2014
Akeem Spence putting in some impressive reps in this 1-on-1 OL/DL drill. I don't think he intends to give up his starting spot w/o a fight.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) July 30, 2014
Receivers really killed it in the red zone drill, but rookie CB Keith Lewis got one for the defense at the end, an EZ pick.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) July 30, 2014
DE Steven Means has great hips. Extremely comfortable through bag drills.— Eric Dellaratta (@EricDellaratta) July 30, 2014
Will Gholston told to redo a bag drill. Looks like he's playing with higher pad level than usual.— Eric Dellaratta (@EricDellaratta) July 30, 2014
Bowers getting chewed by coach Cullen. Cullen's raspy voice is already almost shot after just 5 days.— PewterReport.com (@PewterReport) July 30, 2014
Steven Means is definitely leading the race for "third-best defensive end on the team" with Gholston and then Bowers in pursuit. If the Buffalo product can prove his worth during the preseason, he'll have ascended from the roster bubble to a primary backup role in a hurry.
Continued Offensive Optimism
The Buccaneers began training camp looking good on offense, and Wednesday's practice was no different.
Vincent Jackson's name showed up quite a few times in reports from camp, prompting Roy Cummings to tweet the following:
Watching today's practice I get the feeling the chemistry between QB Josh McCown and WR Vincent Jackson is already at midseason form— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) July 30, 2014
Jackson is the perfect kind of receiver to help keep McCown in his 2013 rhythm, as he'll provide a target similar to Brandon Marshall, who played with Josh last season in Chicago. It sounds like that relationship between thrower and receiver is off to a good start.
Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, on back-to-back plays, made stunning catches on EZ back-corner fades. Ridiculous red zone weapons.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) July 30, 2014
Here are a few of the highlights from today's camp session.