The Tampa Bay Buccaneers started their OTAs today, and reporters were on hand to document the most important happenings. Here are four key things we learned today.
The Bucs are mostly healthy, but J.R. Sweezy is still out
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added exactly one player of significance to their roster this offseason in left guard J.R. Sweezy. The free agent signing is out until training camp with an injury, though, which means Kevin Pamphile is now stepping in at left guard, per Scott Smith. Pamphile did well at that position in limited time last season, so that's not necessarily a problem, but it's not exactly ideal.
Other players who were out, per Greg Auman: WR Louis Murphy, DE Jacquies Smith (both rehabbing from injury) and S Ryan Smith. Murphy looked pretty comfortable walking around in the foreground of this video.
Are you working? What kind of work do you do? pic.twitter.com/KIC5w3uMbh— Joe Kania (@BucsDotCom) May 24, 2016
Kenny Bell is looking good
Last year's sixth-round pick missed all of his rookie season with a hamstring injury and did nothing in preseason. The Bucs hope Bell can make an impact this season and possibly emerge as a long-term starter on the outside. So far, he's looking good in OTAs.
Video: Bucs backup QB Ryan Griffin throws sideline pass to Kenny Bell at OTA practice. pic.twitter.com/PTbWZNFt7M— Greg Auman (@gregauman) May 24, 2016
Jameis Winston throws pretty passes
He got picked off on the first play of seven-on-sevens by Brent Grimes, but then connected with Mike Evans on a long touchdown pass over Grimes a few plays later. All of that per Rick Stroud.
Joe Hawley is winning the competition at center
One of the few positions where the Bucs are having a genuine competition for a starting position is at center. Joe Hawley won that job when Evan Smith was injured for a couple of games last year, and didn't give it up. But coaches have repeatedly made clear that there's a real battle now. So far, Hawley's still winning.
Today's second-team Bucs offensive line (l-r): Leonard Wester, Dominique Robertson, Evan Smith, Josh Allen, Gosder Cherilus ...— Greg Auman (@gregauman) May 24, 2016