Buccaneers Training Camp: Notes And Quotes Day 5
By James Yarcho
Here are some of the headlines following another successful day at Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp.
Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: rookie offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch missed practice today while wearing a boot on his left foot. He rolled his ankle Sunday and was apparently still feeling some of the effects of that today. Benenoch had an MRI, but extent is not currently known. Head coach Dirk Koetter gave media as much information as he had;
"“He had an MRI, you saw him, you can see him he’s got a boot on, he’s on crutches, [and] they MRI’d it. Waiting for the results.”"
One of the players Koetter spoke highly of was Kwon Alexander, who has been impressing not only Koetter, but defensive coordinator Mike Smith as well;
"“I love how Kwon’s working with ‘Smitty’. It’s great to see when I’m going down the hallway every morning at seven o’clock in the morning and Kwon and Smitty are in there on the chalkboard having a 45 minute 1-on-1. It’s awesome to see Smitty sitting at a desk and Kwon standing at the board with a grease pen in his hand – it’s awesome. As a guy that’s a quarterback coach to see ‘Smitty’ and Kwon in there in the mornings does my heart good.”"
One of the bigger pieces of news, of course, was naming Adam Humphries the number three receiver, a position battle we’ve discussed and debated regularly on this site. Jameis Winston, however, found the news rather expected;
"“I’m not surprised by it at all. Adam is a great player for us, he’s a third down machine for us. He’s had a great camp and last year he was one of my best targets. You think about the first play of the year, me and that guy bounced back from that quickly and had a great season together.”"
A few other notes: Doug Martin still looks like his 2015 self, which is great news for Bucs fans,
Alterraun Verner is still fighting to work his way back to the starting lineup and prove his worth. He made a great play on Charles Sims today,
And, of course, Winston and Mike Evans continue to work on their chemistry and rapport, as seen here,
Finally, Jameis Winston has certainly been impressed with the improvement along the defensive line that he’s gone up against the past couple days,
"“It’s been great. Gerald [McCoy] has really just been killing us.You just see why he’s in the Pro Bowl [or] running up for the Pro Bowl every single year. And that’s so good because Ali [Marpet] is coming back off that ankle injury and he’s holding his own. Ali’s holding his own and they’re all just doing great. Noah Spence is amazing, he’s doing really good out there. But that’s how you make a good team – iron sharpens iron. We’ve got great people on that defensive side of the ball and we’ve got to produce on the offensive side.”"
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The next open practice to Buccaneers fans will be this coming Wednesday, August 3rd at 8:45 a.m.