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Bucs Training Camp Takeaways: Day 15

It was the last open practice of the year and the last official practice before the Bucs technically break camp.


-Practice was a little wonky today due to weather again. The teams ended up moving indoors before it started but then before the stretch period was over, went back outside for individual drills. Halfway through one-on-ones, thunder and lightning forced the teams to move back inside for good.

-However, that wasn't before wide receiver Chris Godwin caught a beautiful ball over Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard in the right corner of the end zone. The pass from quarterback Jameis Winston was placed right up top for Godwin to grab and he did – getting his feet in bounds, too.

-Wide receiver Mike Evans got one over on Miami's Tyler Patmon in the middle of the end zone.

-Once the teams moved inside, they skipped ahead to the first team period of practice. Miami running back Myles Gaskin tried to shoot up the middle quickly on a handoff, rookie linebacker Devin White got there faster and stopped him for a loss instead.

-During the same period, outside linebacker Pat O'Connor basically leapt over a couple of his linemates to grab the Miami running back trying to escape to the outside. O'Connor stopped him for a loss, too.

-The very next play, O'Connor got through the line and up in quarterback Josh Rosen's face in what probably should have been a sack but instead resulted in an incompletion.

-Safety Jordan Whitehead was covering Miami tight end Mike Gesicki when he broke up a pass from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick along the right sideline.

-Inside linebacker Deone Bucannon broke through the line in and outside gap forcefully and quickly, getting to Miami running back Patrick Laird in a hurry. The 12-play period was pretty dominated by the Bucs' defense save for one long run to the outside and one long pass.

-With rookie wide receiver Scotty Miller still sidelined, wide receiver Spencer Schnell is getting a lot of the kick return work.

-White had a great play on Miami running back Mark Walton in seven-on-seven drills as Walton caught a short screen to the outside where White chased him down and knocked him out of bounds for a minimal gain.

-Defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches had some violent hands in one-on-one drills with the Miami offensive line while the skill players were working seven-on-sevens.

-Wide receiver Justin Watson had a good day overall, aided by a beautiful catch on a long pass from quarterback Blaine Gabbert in seven-on-sevens that went to the left corner of the end zone.

-In the same period, Evans split two defenders and caught one from Winston over the middle that went for about 20 yards.

-Though he got burned earlier by Godwin, Miami's Xavien Howard was able to snag a pick off Gabbert.

-Back in full-team drills, running back Ronald Jones escaped to the outside, bouncing off a couple defenders for a first down.

-Wide receiver Bobo Wilson had a great catch on a long fade from Gabbert that landed in the front right corner of the end zone from about the 40-yard line. Evans was pleased from the sideline, yelling out Bobo's name before he even caught the ball.

-Jones took a handoff in red zone drills and bounced to the outside where he was able to turn on the jets and get into the end zone ahead of any Miami defender.

-Wide receiver Anthony Johnson had a touchdown during the same period on a ball from Gabbert.

-In a full-team two-minute drill with the Dolphins up first, safety Kentrell Brice was able to get his hand on a pass to knock the ball up in the air. Outside linebacker Noah Spence was there but couldn't quite come down with it.

-That period was successfully stopped by the Bucs' defense with Miami's hopes ending on a near-pick by cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.

-Nunez-Roches had another good play on Miami's Walton as he came through the line easily and pummeled Walton for a loss. He and his teammates were fired up after it, too.

-The teams had a live tackle period for goal-line work. On the first play, running back Peyton Barber leapt WAY up and over the pile to get in easily. It looked like a video game.

-The next play was a pass to Howard again in the back corner of the endzone from Winston. The Bucs were successful on two of three attempts with the first-team.


-With the Bucs' turn up next, Winston unleashed a beautiful long ball to Evans who had gotten ahead of his defender down the right sideline. Evans caught the ball in stride and then went Madden with a spin move on another Miami defender to pick up some more yards after the catch. It was beautiful.

-That play set up a touchdown to tight end O.J. Howard in the end zone to end that drill successfully for the Buccaneer offense.

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