Tuesday was the first day of voluntary minicamp for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and with it came lots of news on both sides of the ball.
Earlier, I went over all the notes on the offensive side of the football. Now, we’ll look at what was reported on the defensive side:
- Both Dashon Goldson and Mark Barron didn’t participate in minicamp due to “minor off-season injuries” according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune adds that Da’Quan Bowers didn’t take part either.
- Jonathan Casillas has fully recovered from his knee injury, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
- Second year corner Johnthan Banks is excited to have a veteran like Mike Jenkins on the roster and embraces competition with him moving forward.
- Akeem Spence is looking forward to the opportunity to learn from free agent signing Clinton McDonald. Spence also added that he is “excited” by the Bucs new defense according to Auman.
- Adrian Clayborn isn’t discouraged by the fact that the Bucs reportedly won’t exercise his option for 2015.
- Leonard Johnson, D.J. Moore, and Deveron Carr were all pulled aside at the start of practice to work in the nickel.
In addition, here are a couple of quotes from head coach Lovie Smith, courtesy of Auman:
“Everyone has been here all offseason really, and that’s what you expect. It’s voluntary work, but if you want to get better, why would you pass up an opportunity? I appreciate that from the team. All you can do in April is just show up and try to get better.”
“They’re anxious to prove where they belong on the depth chart. We’re anxious to see where everyone belongs on the depth chart. We have a lot of work to do, a long ways to go, but we’ll get there.”