With the team practicing in pads for the first time, this training camp, it was the moment most fans waited for. A chance to see, just how rusty the team was after an extended layoff, but more then anything this is where the rubber meets the road for some. It was a chance to separate the men from the boys, as the old adage goes.
The team spent the majority of practice in goal line situations or running the football. DE Kyle Moore who we’ve pinpointed early on as being in better shape – showing burst as he’s determine to shake the stigma of a draft bust continued to shine in pads while getting some reps with the first team defense.
C Jeff Faine who looks noticeably slimmer, has been dominating early on. On several occasions he has completely manhandle his opponent.
2nd year LG Ted Larsen, who has come to camp determine to remain the starting left guard spot as it’s his job to lose according to new offensive line coach Pat Morris.
Rookie defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers showed explosiveness, good hand usage, solid pad level, and grit today.
Jimmy Lake heaped praise on rookie safety Ahmad Black for, for filling his cap and laying the lumber on rookie RB Allen Bradford.
Elder statesmen Ronde Barber during 7-on-7 drills had a nice tip and pick on what appeared to be a seam route, as he raced down the field Barber gave the fans in attendance something to cheer about as he pointed to his nameplate on the back of his jersey.
DT Gerald McCoy who came up limping at one point looked good at the point of attack shedding blockers as he was causing some havoc in the backfield.
DE EJ Wilson had a decent day as he was schooling his intended blockers.
K Connor Barth needs not to worry about his job as undrafted rookie kicker Josh Jasper has been struggling through the first four days of camp.
Mike Williams spent the majority of practice schooling Aqib Talib. On one particular play with Talib right there with Williams. Williams leaps hauls in the deep pass and in disgust Talib rips off his helmet.
MLB Tyrone McKenzie was on a mission out there today. First goal line stance, McKenzie sticks LeGarrette Blount and a scuffle ensued. Blount who was striped by S Larry Asante looked much better in short yardage situations as he was running downhill more and even broke some tackles on his way into the endzone.
WR Dezmon Briscoe counties to create buzz as the second year receiver pines for a starting spot.
During the goal line portion of practice the offense scored on 4-of-10 tries. Overall the defense looked stout, granted the offense is minus what they hope are three key members of the line. The first team defensive unit appears to be gaining momentum quickly as they were very physical.
Bucs are off tomorrow so there will be no practice report.