The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are getting back in the swing of things through OTAs. It is generally a good look for such a veteran team.
Organized team activities continued for the Bucs this past week. While not as intense as a normal practice, I assume the coaches were able to get through team goals, systems the coaches run in games, expectations for players during the season, and off-season game plans for the future.
This was all rather basic for a football practice with shorts, a t-shirt, a helmet, and lining up in defensive and offensive formations. WR running routes and quarterbacks getting to throw to the receivers to start building chemistry. Defensive backs and linebackers getting to cover receivers, RBs, TEs. Making interceptions, deflecting passes. Just can’t tackle the player. Flag football without flags, essentially.
Even some of the veterans were able to get involved based on the newest coaching changes. These guys want to win, and getting to practice with your new coach is one of the best ways to do that.
Coach Bowles was able to show that the team is absolutely on the right path. Some of my key takeaways were Coach Bowles already showing the right mentality on the use of youth vs. veteran options. For example, rookie kicker Jose Borregales (Miami, FL) will have an opportunity to compete and win the kicker job.
It was also great to hear that Chris Godwin’s rehab is coming along, and a lot of progress has been made. There is no reason for the Bucs to rush anything or to put Godwin in a tough spot for his return, so it is nice to see that this time is still doing something to help him out.
The real meat of the offseason is still a ways off, but it is nice to get a little something during the football dead zone.
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