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5 Takeaways from Day 2 of Rookie Camp

Notes from the second day of the Buccaneers' rookie mini-camp.

Check out photos from Day 2 of Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Camp on May 9, 2015.

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READ: DAY 1 TAKEAWAYS1. The big guys can catch.
Tight end Taylor Sloat and fullback Joey Iosefa both showed off their hands on Saturday. General Manager Jason Licht said that Iosefa, the Bucs' seventh-round draft pick out of Hawaii, was a good athlete who could catch. Iosefa showed what Licht had been talking about, pulling in almost every pass thrown his way. Sloat, who had spent time on the Bucs' practice squad last season, made two eye-grabbing catches in a row, including a one-hander. "When I was at the combine most of the coaches asked me if I could catch the ball," Iosefa said. "Pretty much during this whole process it was something that I was working really hard at - running routes, catching balls." He added, "I want to be that versatile back that can run the ball, block and catch from the backfield."

2. Jameis Winston has a nice touch on the deep ball.
Winston threw several deep routes, and most of his passes were right on the money. He found Josh Reese, an undrafted free agent, and Kenny Bell, the team's fifth-round pick, on a couple fade routes, as well as a few back-shoulder throws. Winston said that he was looking forward to playing in Dirk Koetter's offense because of Koetter's willingness to push the ball downfield.


  1. Everett Deshazor has ball skills.**
    The Texas A&M cornerback who the Bucs signed as an undrafted free agent made a tremendous interception when Winston attempted to connect with Reese on a deep pass down the left sideline. It wasn't a bad pass, Deshazor just made a great adjustment to the ball while it was in the air, and came down with it cleanly.

4. Mike Sadler has a boot.
There were mock drafts that had Sadler listed as the No. 2 punter in the country entering the draft. But he didn't get picked up and the Bucs signed him as an undrafted free agent. Sadler, who averaged 42.2 yards per kick and placed 39 percent of his punts inside the oppositions 20 in college, was kicking bombs on Saturday. He has a shot at being invited to training camp to compete with Michael Koenen, who handled the Bucs' punting duties in 2014.

5. Jimmie Giles was at practice.Buccaneer great, Jimmie Giles, was in attendence at the Bucs' practice on Saturday. "We have some guys - they just tell us when they're showing up for practice, they don't have to call and let us know," Head Coach Lovie Smith said. "Jimmie of course is one of those, one of our all-time greats and an even better person. Whenever we can have guys like that around it's a good thing." Giles played tight end in the NFL for 13 years and is the Bucs' all-time leader in receiving touchdowns.

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