1. CB Javien Elliott
Elliott is making a strong case to be the Bucs' nickel cornerback this season. He has been working as the Bucs' No. 3 corner for most of training camp and had one of his best practices yet on Thursday. As Scott Smith noted, Elliott broke up at least three passes, including one-on-ones. He also flashed strong coverage working against Adam Humphries during team drills.
VIEW: BUCS' TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE2. S Chris Conte
After stretching, the Buccaneers reported for individual drills, followed by a team portion. During that first team exercise, Conte picked up an early interception and brought it back for a score. He has been working alongside Keith Tandy as one of the Bucs' starting safeties.
Pictures from the Buccaneers' training camp practice on Wednesday.
- C Ali Marpet**
The Buccaneers' offensive and defensive linemen have been going through one-on-one drills since the pads came on. On Thursday, the team changed it up and worked with two offensive linemen against one defensive linemen. Marpet won nearly every rep he took, regardless of the teammate he was working with. Marpet was particularly successful working with Kevin Pamphile and Evan Smith.
4. DT Stevie Tu'ikolovatu
Tu'ikolovatu doesn't need sacks, or even a staggering number of tackles, to land on the Buccaneers' 53-man roster. His responsibilities will revolve around suffocating double-teams and maintaining his ground. Tu'ikolovatu has proven to be very difficult to move off the line of scrimmage and planted James Stone in the ground when the two were matched up one-on-one.
5. QB Jameis Winston
Winston's passes were sharp on Thursday, particularly during one-on-ones. On back-to-back plays he threw perfect deep balls – one to DeSean Jackson down the right sideline for a touchdown and another to Mike Evans on the same route. Evans was unable to haul in the pass, but the ball was placed well by Winston.