What We Learned from Day Eight of Bucs’ Training Camp

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-It was the defense’s day according to Coach Koetter. A group that was particularly effective today was the defensive backs. Cornerback Ryan Smith was one of those DBs that had a good day, which included a nice pass breakup and an interception. With Brent Grimes out of practice and Vernon Hargreaves rotating to the slot, Smith has had to step up outside and he’s rising to the challenge.

-Running back Shaun Wilson has impressed during camp and has been getting reps with the second and third teams. Coach Koetter said in his post-practice press conference that although Wilson is a bit undersized, Wilson makes people miss. Coach also said he’s looking forward to seeing what Wilson can do in game action during the first preseason game at Miami next week.

-Young receivers had a good day. Rookie Justin Watson had a couple of tough drops but he also made some fantastic plays. In one-on-ones he made a corner-of-the-end-zone catch where at first glance he looked to be out of bounds. Upon further review, he actually managed to get his second foot down in bounds, giving him the grab according to the line judge on hand. Second-year player Bobo Wilson had a good day as well, showing off the offseason work he’s put in. He had a great catch from quarterback Jameis Winston in the corner of the end zone for the score during red zone drills.

-Tight end O.J. Howard made the play of the day. He got past the middle level to make a one-handed grab look way too easy up the seam. That’s what happens when you leave Howard uncovered.

-Peyton Barber and the rest of the running backs have been getting more reps in team drills using their hands. The receiving game has been a focus for the unit and Barber has been having some consistent success these past few days.

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