The Tampa Bay Buccaneers held their mandatory mini-camp this week
Kenny Bell is a definite breakout candidate
Kenny Bell's name has been popping up throughout minicamp, with big catches, touchdowns and coaches praising his efforts. The second-year player had one hell of a play today, too, that shows exactly what he lacked last preseason: good hands.
Video: Bucs WR Kenny Bell goes up in traffic to get pass from Jameis Winston in minicamp. pic.twitter.com/oZKMUvr8ut— Greg Auman (@gregauman) June 16, 2016
Jude Adjei-Barimah is doing well
Last year, he was an undrafted rookie who was inconsistent but somewhat promising during the regular season. So far this year, he's run with the first team defense as the slot cornerback, per Scott Smith. That means he's ahead of veterans Johnthan Banks and Josh Robinson, as well as first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves. While the latter will almost certainly win out during training camp (no one keeps first-round picks off the field), it's promising that Adjei-Barimah is getting this much playing time -- and it's bad news for Banks and Robinson.
Dirk Koetter doesn't care about practice fights
Every year, fights happen for almost every team in the NFL. It appears to be part of the NFL offseason. That's why Dirk Koetter doesn't really care, as he told reporters today after two players got into a scuffle at the end of the day.
"Look, if you guys watched a two-hour practice and that's what you got out of it, then you're in the wrong spot," Koetter said. "If that's your lead story, you're in the wrong spot. It's hot as hell out here, these guys are working their tail off, emotions get heated and guess what? That's football practice. Get over it."
Undrafted rookie watch: Luke Rhodes
Here's a weird development: undrafted rookie Luke Rhodes has been running with the second team at middle linebacker. When asked about rookies that impressed, Koetter mentioned him without prompting after practice today. It's rare for undrafted rookies to really impress in the offseason, especially at linebacker, a position that usually doesn't shine until the pads come on.
The Bucs are mostly healthy
Joe Hawley and J.R. Sweezy are the only two projected starters who've really struggled with injuries this offseason, and both of them are expected to be back by training camp. Vincent Jackson was back at practice today after missing two days, per Greg Auman, and third receiver Louis Murphy is still rehabbing an ACL injury. That's it: every other injured player is a backup, a bubble player, or someone who won't make the roster regardless of how healthy he is.