A reoccurring theme during the first two days, of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie mini camp this weekend with the team’s nine drafted players. Seems to be minor strains and cramps. On day one it was Mike Williams who pulled up lame with a calf cramp. Day two it was defensive tackle Brian Price who tweaked a hamstring – corner Myron Lewis was held out with an abdominal strain – Dekoda Watson was a scratch with a hamstring pull, not to mention defensive end Erik Lorig still has been unable to participate due to a preexisting injury.
But the good news is the teams other rookies and tryout hopefuls still suited up and took to the practice fields at One Buc Place. Former Syracuse receiver Mike Williams flashed for a second consecutive day, with some amazing catches while showing off his burst and route running.
Tampa drafted receiver Arrelious Benn two rounds before Williams and although he turned in a solid showing on day one he was over shadowed by Williams, but from all accounts has turned in two solid days at the office turning heads with the way he runs underneath routes and his ability to square his shoulders and plow through smaller defensive backs and pick up extra yards.
The most interesting aspect of the duo’s early bond however, is the jousting with regards to how big a chip the other player seems to be caring on his shoulder. Both players feel slighted as they both feel they have something to prove with Benn it stems from him feeling he should have been a first round pick and with Williams is his desire to disprove the doubters.
The team’s first round pick defensive tackle Gerald McCoy continued to impress the coaching staff with his coachability and the quickness in which he grasp things. McCoy continues to flash the quickest first step among defensive lineman in attendance.