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Bucs Camp Insider 7-30: “Bare A Horsesh * t Practice”

Bucs QB Tom Brady

The headline from the camp today: “Just an equestrian exercise”

The Bucs returned to training at the AdventHealth Training Center on Friday, July 30, after having Thursday off. And when the players took the field, they looked sluggish, which did not sit well with head coach Bruce Arians at all.

“Really not happy,” Arians said. “I thought we were really, really sluggish. We talked about it before we left and took time off. We came out and I do not know if our recipients caught a passport. The same defensively. We did not stop anything over third-and-9. It was just a horse-hit exercise. Hopefully we get better in pillows tomorrow. ”

Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady, who threw a poorly advised interception to safety Mike Edwards in double coverage, agreed with the Arians.

“Communication, execution, lack of throws, lack of readings,” Brady said. “All in all, just a bad day.”

Friday’s practice was a mix of bad throws, lost passes, cover busts and players who did not show much sense of urgency. Arians said the practice was not in line with Buc’s standards.

Tampa Bay looks set to return Saturday morning as the team wears full pillows for the first time in training camp.

Bucs players out of practice

Bucs S Raven Greene

Bucs S Raven Greene – Photo by: Cliff Welch / PR

Outside linebacker Cam Gill missed his second day in a row. The wide receiver Chris Godwin returned to training after missing the last two sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday and was a full participant. Tight end OJ Howard was also fit with a helmet as he relaxed back from the Achilles tendon. Howard was kept out of 11-on-11 exercises, but participated in individual exercises and 7-on-7 work. Brady, center Ryan Jensen, tight end Rob Gronkowksi and outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul all returned to training after missing Thursday due to a veteran day off.

Safety Raven Greene trained with the team for the first time after missing the first four drills this week. And security Jordan Whitehead was in practice but did not attend after returning from the COVID / reserve list. Defensive lineman Will Gholston and linebacker Lavonte David had scheduled veteran-free days on Friday.

Buc’s exercise notes

Although Arians and the players may not like how the practice went on Friday, there were definitely some highlights to be taken from the day. Running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn made a good dive catch to try to set the tone early. Not long after, running back Leonard Fournette made a great catch as fellow LSU alum Devin White was right next to him in cover. Backs had it started early in the reception game to start practicing.

Bucs C Robert Hainsey

Bucs C Robert Hainsey – Photo by: Cliff Welch / PR

One of the mistakes Arians referred to in his comments after training would be from another wrong snap involving rookie center Robert Hainsey. This is the second exercise in a row where Hainsey and his quarterback got a fumble prey. Wednesday, the first-minute practice was ruined when Hainsey worked with Blaine Gabbert, but it was a very rainy day. Friday, the weather was as good as it could be for a summer day in Tampa, and yet something went wrong in an exchange with Ryan Griffin. Hainsey switched from right tackle in college to center in the NFL after not playing there before, so his snaps will be a topic to watch going forward.

Brady sought to get everyone involved during the training and came out of the gates on the same side with Godwin returning to practice. Brady found Godwin for a 20-yard reception down the field on the first game of 7-on-7s. Later in the same session, Godwin beat safety Ross Cockrell, who has a great camp, deep down in the box to get wide open for a touchdown. Three days off seemed to do him some good.

Not to be outdone, it was also a big day for Antonio Brown as he connected with Brady on several occasions. He had a great game towards the end of practice, pulling a double pull on rookie cornerback Cameron Kinley to get wide open in the final zone for a touchdown. Brown then continued to thump on the field goal post after scoring. Mike Evans also had his moments, he jumped up in the air and came down with the ball to a touchdown at the back of the end zone as the defenders tried to knock the ball out of his hands. It’s no surprise why Evans has such great success on the finish line.

Brown got opened on another ball deep ball down the field, got past safety Chris Cooper but did not get his head turned in time to come with the catch. It was just another example of the execution and communication that the Arians were not happy with.

The competition for the fourth tight end position is well documented, and Tanner Hudson was the one who had the best approach to training. He saw several goals from Gabbert and then reunited with Griffin for some great plays. The two have been a dynamic duo as they have the tag team to dominate the pre-season in the past of the year. Hudson shortened it with a good reception touchdown over the middle.

Bucs rookie quarterback Kyle Trask took a big step forward last Friday. He read the defense quite well and got the ball out of his hands in time. He threw no interceptions on the day and especially had a game where he recognized the flash and quickly threw the ball to Jaydon Mickens for a big win. Trask also connected with Travis Jonsen, who made his presence felt with several receptions.

Bucs QB Ryan Griffin

Bucs QB Ryan Griffin – Photo by: Cliff Welch / PR

Inside linebacker Devin White picked up a downhill route and took it to the house for a pick-six at Griffin. Security Javon Hagan is a player trying to bolster his role as the fourth security behind Whitehead, Antoine Winfield Jr. and Mike Edwards. He made a splash play and removed the ball from the close De’Quan Hampton after his catch.

In other safety news, Winfield made plays all over the field and dived at one point for a pass interruption after Carlton Davis III flashed on the piece. But Winfield also dropped an upcoming interception on a foul shot from Brady.

A scary moment also occurred when Edwards intercepted a deep ball pass from Brady intended for Scotty Miller with Davis in cover. When Edwards came down with the ball after jumping, he got a little on the ground and looked like the wind was being knocked out of him. He got up slowly and walked off the field. We’ll see if Edwards is out there on Saturday.

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