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What We Learned From Day Six of Bucs' Training Camp

Wide receiver Chris Godwin came down with every catch thrown at him, even if he had to outmuscle a defender in the process and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul looked downright scary coming off the edge in drills during Wednesday’s practice.

-Wide receiver Chris Godwin caught everything. I know that was a note the other day, too. But today, Godwin would not quit on any throw. He was matched up with cornerback M.J. Stewart during one-on-ones and after not quite making the catch initially, the ball popped up and Godwin literally wrestled it away from Stewart to make the catch. He also had another great grab in team drills where he outmuscled a defender to get his hands on it.

-Tight end O.J. Howard made a few splash plays that caught the attention of Coach Koetter. He had a great long catch down field for a touchdown. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick rolled out to his right and launched it across his body down the far left sideline where Howard was waiting to take it into the end zone. Howard has also been working on his blocking ability, which has been an emphasis for him this offseason. I watched him stand up a defensive end in pass rushing drills.

-Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul dominated in one-on-ones coming off the edge. He refused to give up until his man was literally on the ground. He bounced off Dot and got around him but then immediately went over to coach Dot up a bit on what to do to beat him. Total team player.

-We got to see center Ryan Jensen and left guard Ali Marpet team up today against defensive tackle Beau Allen. Jensen looked like an absolute mauler and with solid support from Marpet, Allen didn't stand a chance. The one-on-one period between the offensive and defensive linemen has been extremely entertaining to watch because who wins changes every time. Each side of the trenches is making each other better.

-Linebacker Jack Cichy practiced in pads without his knee brace for the first time today. Both Coach Koetter and Coach Smith were encouraged by that progress. Koetter said a lot of it is just gaining confidence back but that Cichy has been playing well and progressing in these first few days of camp.

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