The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued their training camp with another open practice today. Here's everything you need to know about what happened there. If you want video, we've got that in a separate post.
Jameis Winston continues to do well
Winston had a few too many interceptions early on in training camp, but the reviews of his last few days have been universally positive, although yesterday wasn't as well-received as the day before. The positivity was no different today: Bucs Brief said he was "on fire" and "on another level" from Mike Glennon. JoeBucsFan also used the "on fire" line and said that "sharp Jameis showed up today".
More injuries for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers: neither George Johnson nor Logan Mankins participated in practice today, according to Greg Auman and Roy Cummings. Given Mankins' age he may simply be getting a little rest, confirmed by the fact that he was running gassers at the end of practice, per Rick Brown. Johnson's absence is more concerning. That absence could explain why William Gholston was in the starting lineup yesterday, though. Kadeem Edwards took Mankins' place, while Larry English and Lawrence Sidbury were getting reps in Johnson's place, according to Rick Brown.
Neither Chris Conte nor Louis Murphy returned to practice today, so it seems like the Bucs' sick bay is slowly filling up.
Offensive line continues rotating
The Buccaneers are still rotating their offensive line. After Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet were thrust into the starting lineup for the first time yesterday, today saw the return of Garrett Gilkey and Kevin Pamphile, per Bucs Brief. The Bucs apparently aren't ready to call the winners of the offensive line competition yet.
Everyone gets a shot at punt returns
The Bucs want to find a steady punt returner, but they're basically giving everyone a shot now. According to Bucs Brief, Kaelin Clay, Rannell Hall, Donteea Dye, Adam Humphries and Bobby Rainey all got an opportunity to return punts today. I'd expect Clay to eventually win that job -- that's why they drafted him after all -- but they're not putting all their eggs in one basket.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins struggling with his hands
It seems that every day features a drop by Austin Seferian-Jenkins. That's a bit of a problem, given that he's supposed to be a key component of the offense this year. Seferian-Jenkins has all the talent to be exactly that: he has the explosiveness to consistently beat defenses, and is big and strong enough to make contested catches -- and even to be a quality blocker. And yet, none of that matters if he won't catch the ball.
One player who has to be better for #Bucs is TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Had another drop today and tip off his hands let to Winston pick— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) August 8, 2015