5 Things To Look For


The Bucs start Part Three of their 2022 offseason program on Tuesday with their first week of OTAs (organized workforce actions). The OTAs are voluntary and it’s the primary time NFL groups can go offense vs. protection with coaches current.

There are three weeks of OTAs, with the Bucs training Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday every week. OTAs are open to the media on Tuesday, Might 17, Wednesday, Might 25 and Wednesday, June 1. Then, the Bucs will maintain their necessary mini-camp, which might be open to the media, from June 7-9 earlier than breaking for the summer season. Tampa Bay will start coaching camp the final week in July – date and time to be decided.

Here’s a fast preview of what Pewter Report might be on the lookout for within the first Bucs OTAs with new head coach Todd Bowles in cost.

Will Brady Present Up?

Tom Brady confirmed up for on-field work throughout Part Two of the offseason program final week, throwing and training along with his teammates. That was a little bit of a shock, as Brady has usually skipped offseason work in New England throughout his last seasons up there.

Bucs QB Tom Brady – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

Brady did summon his new teammates for summer season work at Berkeley Prep in Tampa in 2020 when the offseason was cancelled as a consequence of COVID-19. Final 12 months, after successful Tremendous Bowl LV, Bruce Arians informed the veterans to avoid OTAs because the coaches needed to work with the youthful gamers and provides them extra reps. Brady labored out a couple of instances with the veterans on the New York Yankees’ coaching facility subsequent door to Raymond James Stadium.

Whereas Brady attended exercises on the workforce facility final week, will he participate in OTAs this week? He was seen on social media spending time up in New York selling his new Brady model of garments. Maybe the plan was to point out up final week so he may skip this week with a view to give second-year quarterback Kyle Trask extra reps in observe.

“Properly, if Tom is right here, he’s going to get his reps, however Kyle will get some reps as nicely,” Bowles mentioned. “He’ll get some reps in the summertime, and we are going to get to see what he can do that preseason. He’ll get all of his reps then. It’s voluntary once more. Whether or not Tom is right here or not, we perceive we’ve acquired to teach the blokes which can be in right here. When he’s right here, that’s nice for us.”

First Look At New Veterans

The Bucs rookie mini-camp served as the primary glimpse at Logan Corridor, Luke Goedeke, Rachaad White, Jake Camarda, Zyon McCollum, Ko Kieft and Andre Anthony. Now, we get a take a look at Tampa Bay’s new veteran additions. Whereas OTAs are voluntary, the brand new Bucs will possible be there to additional acclimate themselves to the offense and protection, respectively.

We count on to get our first take a look at guard Shaq Mason, huge receiver Russell Gage, robust security Keanu Neal, defensive again Logan Ryan and defensive deal with Deadrin Senat. Mason replaces Alex Cappa because the beginning proper guard, and Gage replaces Antonio Brown as a starter in three-receiver units. Neal and Logan will compete for enjoying time with robust security Mike Edwards and nickel cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting, and will wind up as starters.

The Trask Present Over The Subsequent 3 Weeks?

Bucs quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen revealed that the workforce’s offseason plan was to get Trask as many reps as attainable throughout the subsequent three weeks to judge him. Trask spent his rookie 12 months serving a redshirt season because the workforce’s fourth-string quarterback. The Florida product labored on his conditioning, gaining a faster launch and improved footwork. However he didn’t take many reps in observe, and when he did, it was scout workforce reps working opponents’ offenses.

Bucs QB Kyle Trask

Bucs QB Kyle Trask – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I feel he continues to progress,” Christensen mentioned. “It continues to be arduous to get him sufficient reps. This can actually be an incredible couple of weeks right here, the OTAs. We’re going to place a precedence on getting him reps and see what he’s like. It’s simply arduous to evaluate anybody till you get high quality reps towards a protection. That’s certainly one of our objectives on this camp.

“We’ve acquired three different veteran guys, who actually don’t want a ton of it. So, we’re going to get him a bunch of reps to get an excellent, good take a look at him. I feel he continues to progress and I’m glad we didn’t have to seek out out opening day this 12 months. That provides us one other 12 months to maintain creating him and see. This offseason, that’s one of many priorities.”

Bowles contradicted Christensen in saying that Trask will compete with Blaine Gabbert for the backup job behind Brady. Trask will want an excellent displaying within the OTAs to make Bowles’ perception flip into actuality.

Left Guard Battle Begins Now

On account of his expertise and draft standing, Goedeke figures to be the favourite to finally begin at left guard. However Aaron Stinnie has essentially the most expertise and might be Goedeke’s greatest take a look at to exchange Ali Marpet. Will probably be attention-grabbing to see who begins at left guard in OTAs and who will get essentially the most reps.

Nick Leverett and Robert Hainsey may even issue into the competitors at left guard. What number of reps they get and who finally progresses might be attention-grabbing to see. This battle will proceed into coaching camp and thru the preseason, nevertheless it begins on Tuesday in OTAs.

Rookie vs. Veteran Clashes

Goedeke is constructed like a block of granite and it will likely be attention-grabbing to see how he fares towards 347-pound Vita Vea in observe. The Bucs’ second-round decide didn’t really get too many reps in 11-on-11s throughout the rookie mini-camp. The coaches had been possible holding him again to see him go towards NFL-caliber expertise this week. It’s one factor to see Goedeke manhandle a tryout participant who might be promoting vehicles or insurance coverage subsequent week.

Bucs DT Logan Hall

Bucs DT Logan Corridor – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

It’s one other factor completely to see him sq. off towards a large Professional Bowl nostril deal with like Vea. The pads don’t come on till August, however there might be some pushing and shoving within the trenches in Might and early June between Goedeke and Vea.

We’ll additionally see Goedeke face off towards Corridor in a battle of second-round picks. Corridor is the workforce’s beginning three-technique defensive deal with and can go up towards a brute within the Central Michigan product, along with a faster, undersized vet like Mason. The 6-foot-6 Corridor may have his pad degree examined by the 6-foot-1 Mason in observe.

After which Corridor must cope with Professional Bowl middle Ryan Jensen on some double-teams, too. It’s uncommon for rookie defensive tackles to come back into the league and make a splash as a rookie. Even Bucs Corridor of Famer Warren Sapp solely had three sacks as a rookie in 1995.

It should even be attention-grabbing to see how McCollum fares towards professional receivers like Mike Evans and Gage. Evans presents a problem in the truth that the longer term Corridor of Famer is massive, bodily and artful. Simply because they went to the identical highschool in Galveston, Texas, doesn’t imply the 6-foot-5 Evans will go straightforward on the 6-foot-2 rookie.

Gage presents a special problem in that he’s quicker and faster than Evans. McCollum was one of many quickest, most agile and most athletic cornerbacks on the NFL Scouting Mix. We’ll see how McCollum fares towards Gage in observe, too.

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