Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Standouts from Training Camp, August 4

Five players who caught our eye during the Bucs' fourth training camp practice.



1. CB Alterraun Verner
For the second day in a row, the Bucs defense was able to create a handful of turnovers – one coming on the first play of 11-on-11 drills as Verner intercepted Jameis Winston. Verner got his hands on a few passes during practice, including a diving deflection during 7-on-7 drills to break up a pass intended for Austin Seferian-Jenkins. 


2. DT Clinton McDonald
Gerald McCoy continued to be dominant during the Bucs' second padded practice, but his fellow starting defensive tackle had a productive day as well. The offensive and defensive linemen broke away from the rest of the team to work on one-on-one passing drills, and McDonald had success working against starters Evan Smith and Logan Mankins.

3. DE T.J. Fatinikun
Jacquies Smith worked at the starting right defensive end for most of practice, but Fatinikun got a handful of snaps with the first team and took advantage of the opportunity. The first thing that jumps out about Fatinikun is how quick he is off the ball; he looked explosive working in one-on-one drills and in the team portion of practice.

4. LB Bruce Carter
Led by Carter, the Bucs' defense had a strong day against the run. For a handful of rushing plays, there appeared to be a logjam in the middle of the field a yard or two off the ball. Carter was usually in the middle of those piles after quickly plugging whatever hole had existed.

5. C Jeremiah Warren
Warren, like McDonald, was impressive during one-on-one passing drills. He rarely got over-extended and kept his feet under him, which allowed him to stonewall most of the defenders he went up against. He had one of the stronger performances of any offensive linemen during the drill.

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