Tampa Bay Buccaneers

What We Learned from the Bucs' 'Mock Game'

The Buccaneers practiced indoors on Thursday and focused more on situational play for the Members-only ‘Mock Game.’

View photos from the Buccaneers' 2018 Training Camp practice Thursday at One Buccaneer Place.

-The 'mock game' meant a lot of situational work for the Bucs. The team period was unscripted for the most part but there were individual situations that the coaches wanted a look at. The day started with third team offense and first-team defense starting on the 25-yard line. Quarterback Jameis Winston made a quick throw to wide receiver Bobo Wilson for a five-yard gain as the first play of the 'game' but the series resulted in a quick three and out. Then the first-team offense got their shot against the second-team defense and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw a nice post to tight end O.J. Howard for a first down pickup before airing it out for wide receiver Mike Evans down the left sideline who took it to the house.

-Some of those aforementioned situations were red zone drills where each play was the last play of the game with four seconds on the clock. Coach Koetter mentioned in his postgame press conference that more often than not, the defense is going to take those situations. Sure enough, the secondary held and prevented quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick from getting into the end zone on each try.

-Two safeties came up with picks today. Chris Conte jumped a route in front of wide receiver DeSean Jackson in traffic and picked off Fitzpatrick. It made for his second pick in as many practices. Safety Keith Tandy positioned himself perfectly in the back of the end zone while the Bucs were in a red zone situation and nabbed himself an interception off Winston as well.

-Kicker Chandler Catanzaro hit not one but two 53-yard field goals in practice. He did miss initially from what looked to be closer to 60 yards out but quickly recovered with the next couple long balls.

-96-year-old Woody, a Buccaneers Charter Member, got serenaded by the crowd and COO Brian Ford prior to practice with their rendition of Happy Birthday. He was also given a #96 jersey from the team.

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