Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Takeaways from Training Camp, July 28

A few notes from the Bucs' first training camp practice.

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  1. Jameis was on the move.**
    Throughout practice, the Buccaneers asked Jameis Winston, as well as the other quarterbacks, to roll out on bootlegs on several passing plays. Winston, who's dropped 20 pounds since the end of last season, looked sharp while on the move and continued to keep his eyes downfield. There was one instance where he appeared ready to tuck the ball down and run, but still managed to fire off a pass before surrendering a sack.

2. Tight ends were heavily involved.
Winston had a handful of different tight ends working with the first-team offense during seven-on-seven and team drills. For the most part, his primary target at the tight end position was Cameron Brate, though Austin Seferian-Jenkins took the majority of the first-team reps and also performed well. On a few plays, Tevin Westbrook also worked with Winston and the starters.


Photos of Buccaneers arriving for Training Camp 2016.

  1. We got a look at the starting offense and defense.The Buccaneers lined up with a starting offensive and defensive unit on Thursday, with few surprises coming on either side of the ball. The starting offense consisted of Winston at quarterback, Doug Martin at running back, Seferian-Jenkins at tight end, Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson at wide receiver and Demar Dotson, Ali Marpet, Joe Hawley, Kevin Pamphile and Donovan Smith on the offensive line. Several players worked as the third receiver. Will Gholston, Gerald McCoy, Clinton McDonald and Robert Ayers made up the starting defensive line, with Lavonte David, Daryl Smith and Kwon Alexander at linebacker. Chris Conte and Bradley McDougald worked with the starters at safety, with Brent Grimes and Alterraun Verner at corner. In the nickel package, Jude Adjei-Barimah worked as the slot corner.*NEWS: BUCS CLAIM CB DAVIE FROM COLTS4. Russell Shepard had a day.*
    Shepard, the Bucs' special teams captain from a year ago, had the most impressive performance of any Buccaneer during the first day of training camp. He caught two bombs from Winston – the first coming from 45 yards out and going for a touchdown down the right sideline and another coming from a similar distance down the right sideline going in the other direction. Shepard is making a case to earn the No. 3 receiver spot after splitting time with Adam Humphries and Donteea Dye on Thursday.

5. The Bucs have options at defensive end.
Though Gholston and Ayers were technically the "starters" at defensive end, it's clear that the Buccaneers have quality depth at the position. On a handful of reps, Jacquies Smith and Noah Spence came in with the starters, in what is presumable a pass-rush package. Both Smith and Spence are speed-rushers who are somewhat on the smaller side, and both performed well working against the Bucs' starting tackles.


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