After another day of training camp, the Buccaneers continue to work towards contending for the NFC South crown.
Day two of Buccaneers training camp is in the books and things are coming along just fine. Jameis Winston and Mike Evans have begun to flash their improved chemistry, nobody suffered any injuries (always some of the best news), and Brent Grimes showed one of the reasons the Bucs signed him to a two year deal.
After a turnover free day one, Jameis Winston became the first victim of top corner Brent Grimes in the 2016 “season” as Grimes made a great cut, and play, on a pass intended for Donteea Dye;
Dirk Koetter was impressed with his defender, not so much his quarterback,
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"“That was a nice play by Brent. The wasn’t a great decision by Jameis, unfortunately. That was probably Jameis’ first bad decision in two days but, you know, we’ve been getting after Grimes with some double moves, but he got us on that one.”"
You can almost see the challenges forming between Koetter and defensive coordinator Mike Smith as they will likely try to one up one another each day – which can only benefit the Bucs as a team. It seems almost reminiscent of when Jon Gruden used to tell Warren Sapp before every practice “I’m gonna get you today!”
As for star receiver Mike Evans, who was quickly ridiculed after dropping his first pass of the day yesterday, he and Jameis appear to be on the same page and getting better,
This is a combination that has to be elite for the Buccaneers to legitimately contend for championships any time in the near future. Yes, they’re in shorts, but this is all to prepare for the season. The faster they get this rapport, the brighter the future is.
One other thing of note that Scott Smith tweeted was in reference to the biggest question on this team: pass rush.
This four man front could be something we see rather often come regular season and it could potentially wreak havoc on opposing offenses. As the roster stands today, this is the optimal line in passing situations – especially against a team like Carolina – to get in the quarterback’s face and disrupt the passing game. As we all know, disrupting the quarterback leads to hurried and errant throws which could be easy pickings, as Grimes showed today.
Another day of practice done as the Bucs will hold an open to the public practice tomorrow while donning full pads for the first time in 2016. Get there early, Bucs fans!