The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are complete for this week’s mandatory mini-camp. All 90 rostered players are here, though a few are not yet practicing as they’re recovering from injuries. Everyone’s expected to be healthy by the time training camp starts, though, except for possibly rookie linebacker Kendell Beckwith.
Did unofficial roll call. Looks like all 90 players are here, unsurprisingly. See 8 guys not practicing, incl. Noah Spence & Jacquies Smith.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) June 13, 2017
Among others, Jacquies Smith, Noah Spence, Justin Evans and J.J. Wilcox have been out with injuries so far this offseason, though there’s no particular reason for concern.
Unlike OTA’s, this minicamp is mandatory—which means players who aren’t here could get fined. Except for personal circumstances, absences are usually contract-related, and none of the Bucs players could realistically be demanding a new contract right now.
In other words, the Bucs’ journey to preseason is progressing nicely. Everyone is present, they’ve suffered no major injuries, and all the noise we’re hearing from reporters and coaches has been positive. So hey, so far so good as we head for the mid-year break before training camp—and HBO.