Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What We Learned from Day Nine of Bucs' Training Camp

Saturday’s open practice was a little more of a balanced day between offense and defense. Big plays were met with big cheers as the fans were out in full force.

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-The Bucs' Stick Carriers were out and chanting the names of every player/coach/personnel/staff member they saw. The cherry on top of each big play was the crowd's reaction. Fans were absolutely loving wide receiver Chris Godwin, who had two touchdown catches on Saturday. One was in red zone drills where Godwin hauled it in in the corner of the end zone. The other came on a long ball from Fitzpatrick who was back at the 50-yard line to an eruption of the crowd.

-Though Coach Koetter said it was more 60/40 defense today, the secondary ended up with picks on back-to-back series during team drills. The first was from safety Justin Evans. Lined up in single-high coverage, he came across to swoop in front of the rookie Justin Watson and pick off Ryan Fitzpatrick. Tyhe next was by safety Marko Myers who had a great day himself. Myers also had a great wrap up of tight end Alan Cross in red zone drills. Cross caught the ball near the hash and Myers was able to prevent him from getting across the goal line by forcing him out of bounds right in front of Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith - who definitely liked what he saw.

-Speaking of Watson, the rookie receiver had another good day along with Chris Godwin. Young receivers are stepping up and making a case for the Bucs to keep as many pass catchers as they can with how deep the talent goes within the group.

-Running back Peyton Barber had a couple nice runs up the middle. He's been taking tackles head on and running hard right through them to get through. Part of that is also the offensive line opening up lanes for him to run through as well. With the holes being created and some hard-fought runs by the backs, the Bucs' run game looks to be coming along. Of course it'll be tested more as preseason games come.

-Cornerback Carlton Davis III had another great day with a couple pass breakups on the first-team. He's been really physical with receivers, mixing in off coverage with the press he's used to. It's a dangerous game playing press with the receivers on this Bucs' offense and the rookie cornerbacks are really getting to see that during camp.

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