Pictures from the Buccaneers' training camp practice on Thursday.
1. The weather.
Since moving their practices from the afternoon last summer to the early mornings this year, the Buccaneers have, for the most part, enjoyed nice weather for training camp. On Thursday, though, rain rolled in and disrupted the team's schedule. The Buccaneers moved practice from 8:45 to 8:15 to try to beat the approaching storm and were able to squeeze in an abbreviated practice before it began to rain heavily. Weather reports indicate it could rain on Friday, so it will be interesting to see how the team performs in the less-than-ideal conditions.
- The competition at punter.**
Head Coach Dirk Koetter said that the punting battle between Jake Schum and Bryan Anger is beginning to heat up, with both players having success during camp. The Bucs' punters haven't had many opportunities to work during team drills, but Koetter said he's been impressed with what he's seen in their limited action. The Buccaneers signed Anger this offseason to compete with Schum, the team's starter a year ago. Which player will have the edge when the Buccaneers travel to Philadelphia for their first preseason game next week?
3. Elijah Shumate's impact.
Shumate, an undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame, was activated from the PUP list on Thursday and was able to practice with the team for the first time in full pads. The Bucs' practice, as mentioned above, was cut short, but it will be interesting to see how team utilizes the big-bodied safety.