Photos from the Buccaneers' OTA practice on May 22.
Complete wideout group hit the ground running. There were a couple standouts from the receiver corps today. All wide receivers, including veteran DeSean Jackson, were in attendance for the first day of organized team activities. Though it was only Day One of Phase Three, the strides some young receivers made this offseason were evident. To no one's surprise, least of all Head Coach Dirk Koetter, Chris Godwin was one of those young receivers that stood out. "He's had a really good offseason in general," Koetter said. "Chris is a good player, so it's not surprising. But he's had a good offseason overall." Quarterback Jameis Winston was also happy to get snaps with a favorite target of his from his college days. He called out former Seminole, Bobo Wilson, as a guy he's seen progress this offseason, as well. "I call him, 'Young Antonio Brown' because of just his work ethic," Winston said. "He's constantly working, he's constantly processing and growing. I'm blessed to have him here with me because we had a good connection at Florida State so just to see him out there doing his thing, I'm very proud of him. But as we all know, this is the NFL so everyone has to compete. Everyone has to get better. He definitely takes on that challenge because he's going to compete with the best."
Second-round draft pick Carlton Davis is already progressing. The long-bodied cornerback took snaps with the first-team on Tuesday. Though this was his first official practice with both the rookies and veterans, he seemed to belong and his new head coach noticed. "He's off to a good start, he's off to a really good start," Coach Koetter said. "He did take some reps with the first group today. Again, it's day one of Phase Three, but where he was drafted, that's for a reason. He's showed up so far." He also showed up opposite wide receiver Mike Evans in one-on-one drills. His body-type is a departure from what the Bucs have currently had at the cornerback position but at 6'1" and 206 pounds, he'll be able to matchup more with big-bodied receivers like Evans and a few others that come to mind in the NFC South. Consistency in the kicking game. So, this is probably (definitely) way too premature to gauge the comfortability and consistency of newly acquired kicker Chandler Catanzaro after a whopping one day of OTAs. However, it's worth noting that "The Cat Man" went 5-for-5 on Tuesday and the field goal period of practice all of a sudden doesn't seem so tense, anymore.
Winston and offensive line with Ryan Jensen in the middle are already syncing. There was a shakeup in the offensive line this season in adding the fiery center Ryan Jensen through free agency. It was Winston's first opportunity to practice with his new center in Phase Three and the signal caller already expressed how much he thinks Jensen can help both him and the line. "Well my offensive line, they all have my back. I think that's the mentality that Coach Warhop has created in that room. But having a guy like Ryan, that's just him. His toughness, his grit, is all in his play. So definitely having a guy like that who's your center, your main horse leading the pack, it's helpful. "I'm excited to have one of the toughest, meanest, baddest centers out there. He's definitely a joy of a teammate and, like I said, we receive him. Anybody that's coming here with a positive attitude to make us better, and that's what Ryan has definitely made us – better – just by his presence and his mentality." In any other example praising a guy for his positive attitude right after describing him as 'mean, tough and bad' would probably be an oxymoron, but in this case, it's music to any football fan's ears. Play of the Day: Chris Godwin with a spinning, one-handed catch. **It was a short throw, and low to the ground, but somehow wide receiver Chris Godwin was able to get ahead of his defender, reach down and scoop up the ball before it hit the ground for the catch. Immediately following his pluck of the ball, he spun around and would have probably gotten a pretty decent amount of YAC had this been a real practice or even game scenario.