The Tampa Bay Buccaneers resumed their offseason workouts today. Here are three things we learned.
Still a few injuries, but Ali Marpet is back
The Bucs are still practicing without defensive end Jacquies Smith, center Joe Hawley and wide receiver Louis Murphy, according to Greg Auman. All three are recovering from medical procedures. No details on J.R. Sweezy, but expectations were he'd sit out the offseason until training camp started, so no reason to assume he was back today. Undrafted running back Russell Hansbrough was also absent, per Auman, and has been for a while.
Ali Marpet, though, did make it back to practice for the first time this offseason. So that's good news.
@Jaboowins to @csims34 = pic.twitter.com/mKjbw4wIf9— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) June 2, 2016
Ali Marpet and Kevin Pamphile were training at center
With Hawley out, the Bucs need a few other options at center. Both right guard Ali Marpet and do-it-all backup Kevin Pamphile were training at center for at least a portion of practice, per Auman. More versatility is always valuable, so this makes sense.
Kenny Bell with the nice grab up the middle pic.twitter.com/HPjV6aLaFB— Casey Phillips (@bucinsider) June 2, 2016
Noah Spence continues to look good
The Bucs have been happy with Noah Spence's talent, and his attitude this offseason. There's no indication that the pre-draft character worries were warranted, though it's still very early. So far, though, he's been working hard, and Dirk Koetter is suitably impressed. If he can live up to his talent, the Bucs got a steal.
HC Dirk Koetter says he can see Noah Spence's talent, even before the pads have gone on, but he's been most impressed w/Spence's attitude.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) June 2, 2016