Josh Freeman who improved his accuracy from his rookie season to his sophomore season, has turned in two incredible days or practice and is on fire today with crisp passes, great accuracy, and hitting receivers in stride.
Brain Price continues to pickup where he left off: After being doubled teamed on a first down play he exploded into the backfield on back to back plays. He showed flashes of dominance, but clearly still lacks conditioning at this point.
4th round pick Luke Stocker humbled out onto the field on crutches, neither his legs nor ankles were wrapped, but he was walking gingerly. Stocker is week-to-week with what is being described as a hip injury that he sustained in yesterdays practice.
Kellen Winslow in 7-on-7 drills started off by making a catch in the deep middle of the field by leaping over a defender. As the afternoon progressed he continued to have a stellar performance with good route running and multiple catches. He appears to be in midseason form. There was a silence that fell over the crowd in attendance, when Winslow came up grabbing his calf, after extending to catch a pass from Freeman. It was nothing serious as he was able to walk it off.
3rd year defensive end Kyle Moore, who’s in a dogfight for a roster spot showed good quickness during bag drills. Moore looks to be in the best shape of his short career as he had a solid outing against the second team offense.
Geno Hayes was consistently around the football and through two days of practices has showed some consistency. On a throw to the flat by Freeman Hayes diagnosed the play and stepped in front of the pass for an interception that he returned down the sideline for a nice gain. On the Play Hayes was aided by rookie Da’Quan Bowers who was able to get into the backfield in a hurry.
Cody Grimm who appears to have gained some bulk in the off-season looks much bigger in the upper body. However, he looks a tad slow in coverage as he was late getting over on some plays and on a deep slant by TE Nathan Overbay he was burned badly.
The Bucs pass rush already looks improved with Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers. Bowers has a very unorthodox stance hence the jab by Raheem Morris yesterday about, the crouching tiger. Overall with Bowers, Miller, McCoy and Clayborn starting the quartet routinely got penetration.
2nd year defensive tackle Gerald McCoy who reshaped his body this off-season was dominating today. He showed good quickness, explosiveness as he knifed his way through the line and strength as he was tossing offensive lineman aside.
Split end Mike Williams was in beast mode today abusing defensive backs and catching everything thrown in his direction. He didn’t have a single drop.
Undrafted rookie receiver Raymond Webber made some huge, leaping catches downfield. He showed strong hands, good route running and amazing leaping ability.