Godwin Comes Back, Pass Rush Prevails


The Bucs returned to observe on Friday following a time off. They have been again in full pads and obtained a pleasant shock at the beginning of it – the return of Chris Godwin. We’ll get to that in a second.

Nonetheless No Brady, However Veteran Bernard Returns

For the second observe in a row, Tom Brady wasn’t not current. It was reported that this was an excused observe, although. Different gamers out have been working again Ke’Shawn Vaughn, huge receiver Breshad Perriman, linebacker JoJo Ozougwu and security Troy Warner.

Aside from the massive information about Godwin, the Bucs did get one other necessary return as working again Giovanni Bernard got here again after lacking the 2 earlier camp practices.

Godwin Is Again And Transferring Nicely

Bucs WR Chris Godwin – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

The everyday stretching and warmups originally have been welcomed with an thrilling addition with Godwin current. It was the primary time since he tore his ACL in opposition to the Saints on December 19, 2021 that Godwin had been working towards with the workforce.

Godwin did calisthenics with the workforce and shortly after was sprinting as observe started. Then he was leaping round in one other warmup drill, wanting just like the knee was sturdy within the course of. Following the warmups, Godwin, who wore a knee brace, caught passes from quarterback Blaine Gabbert in particular person drills, principally working 5-yard slants over the center.

Whereas that was most of what he did, it was an excellent signal that Godwin was even in a position to take part this early. After observe, Todd Bowles commented on how Godwin seemed.

“I noticed him throughout particular person, he’s working round,” Bowles stated. “That’s a complete lot totally different than taking part in soccer. You already know, working round is a complete totally different factor so, we don’t have our hopes up, we’re simply completely happy he’s making progress.”

The Bucs are going to take their time earlier than they let Godwin take part in workforce drills and 11-on-11s.

“Not but,” Bowles stated on his readiness. “We’re not going to hurry him. We’re simply glad to see him on the market working proper now. Because it goes on, we’ll see.”

Bucs Go Rush Dominates The Day

One other storyline or working theme of the day was the success of the go rush. We all know how gifted of a gaggle the line of defense is, however the unit actually acquired after it on this observe. It was principally spearheaded by exterior linebackers Shaq Barrett and Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, although others acquired within the combine.

Bucs OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka

Bucs OLB Joe Tryon-Shoyinka
Picture by: Cliff Welch

Early on it was JTS setting the tone with a sack on one of many first performs of 11-on-11. Barrett and Akiem Hicks then acquired to Gabbert on consecutive performs afterward within the drill. All day the the line of defense did a incredible job collapsing the pocket on Gabbert and Kyle Trask. The secondary deserves credit score for making them maintain onto the ball.

Two of the gamers preventing for job impressed as nicely. Rookie Andre Anthony confirmed off his velocity on the left aspect and located himself within the face of the quarterback. Was it a sack? That a kind of performs which are powerful to inform in coaching camp. Cam Gill additionally had a few runs on the passer, inflicting a rushed throw.

One different nice play got here from one other 11-on-11 session the place it was good on good. Tryon-Shoyinka was concerned all over the place, and one in every of his sacks included an excellent battle with Donovan Smith the place he simply edged him out to get to the quarterback and cease the play. That one stood out a bit greater than your standard sack.

O-Line vs. D-Line Go Rush

Bucs NT Vita Vea and DT Logan Hall

Bucs NT Vita Vea and DT Logan Corridor – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

The go rush didn’t simply cease in workforce drills. Going one-on-one in opposition to the offensive line might have been probably the most thrilling half.

Vita Vea manhandled Jonathan Molchon to start out issues off. To Molchon’s credit score, he battled again later and had rep in opposition to Rakeem Nunez-Roches. Nacho wouldn’t be silenced although, as went proper by Luke Goedeke and was so loud that you may hear his celebration from throughout the road in case you have been standing inside Raymond James Stadium.

Donovan Smith acquired the higher of JTS individually, however Anthony Nelson than had an excellent rush in opposition to Fred Johnson. Talking of nice rushes, Barrett most likely had the perfect transfer of the day when he completely executed a spin transfer on Jonathan Hubbard. When Barrett went up in opposition to Smith, it was a stalemate between them.

Pat O’Connor had a profitable outing. In two reps, he defeated each Luke Goedeke and Aaron Stinnie to get to the quarterback. Goedeke and Stinnie each struggled as Goedeke additionally fell to Deadrin Senat, whereas Stinnie misplaced a rep to Mike Greene.

Different reps included Nick Leverett getting the higher of Will Gholston, and Josh Wells defeating Cam Gill on the surface.

Evans Leaves Early

Half method by means of observe, Bucs huge receiver Mike Evans exited again inside. It was later confirmed that he tweaked his hamstring and it’s not critical.

“I noticed him stroll in,” Bowles stated.”He may need tweaked a hamstring, however I’ll see once I go inside.”

Gabbert Showcases Accuracy And Expertise In Bucs’ System

Do Bucs followers need to see Gabbert play this yr? Solely in blowouts and kneel-downs. On days like Friday, nonetheless, we will respect the throws and the good selections with the soccer he makes. Gabbert displayed at present that he’s a veteran within the methods and ideas applied by Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles. 

Two of the primary cases have been throws to Evans earlier than he left observe early. On each passes, Gabbert threw deep, correct balls to Evans, eliciting cheers from the small crowd in attendance. It’s clear that Gabbert is holding the sting over Kyle Trask, as he additionally has gotten probably the most first-team seems to be over the second-year quarterback from Florida.

– Adam Slivon contributed to this report

Secondary Provides Extra INTs

Bucs CB Carlton Davis, WR Mike Evans

Bucs CB Carlton Davis III and WR Mike Evans
Picture by: Cliff Welch

It was not simply the D-line play that left impression. Cornerback Jamel Dean, vying to be on a starter on the surface reverse Carlton Davis III once more this yr, made a pleasant interception off a wobbly throw from Kyle Trask that bounced off of Jaelon Darden’s arms. 

Though Dean and defensive again Don Gardner each made interceptions in observe, Dean commented that they didn’t meet their “requirements.”

“It was an excellent day for the protection,” Dean stated. “However I imply we nonetheless didn’t meet our requirements as a result of we’re purported to get 5 turnovers a observe. I believe we acquired two so we didn’t meet the requirements at present, but it surely was nonetheless an general good observe for us.”

Communication is unquestionably going to be a degree of emphasis this yr for the Bucs on that aspect of the ball if final yr’s playoffs say something.

“Communication is huge for us as a result of we all know that many video games that we misplaced are at all times due to communication,” Dean stated. “It could possibly be the one, two [plays], however that one or two makes an enormous distinction within the sport.”

– Adam Slivon contributed to this report

Bucs Left Guard Spot Sees Some Continuity

For the second straight observe offensive lineman Nick Leverett has lined up at left guard subsequent to Robert Hainsey. And he’s seemed fairly good there. Pewter Report spoke with Leverett after Wednesday’s indoor observe, and he stated taking part in subsequent to Hainsey at left guard makes every part simpler. Since they each know the road calls and protections, the communication throughout the road is seamless.

Bucs Cs Nick Leverett and Robert Hainsey

Bucs Cs Nick Leverett and Robert Hainsey – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

It was one other good day for the 2 linemen attempting to win a beginning spot on the offensive line. Hainsey acquired the higher of Vita Vea on a couple of performs, whereas Leverett had some nice reps as nicely, together with one in go safety in opposition to Rakeem Nunez-Roches the place he drove him out of the play.

Each inside linemen displayed the power to disengage blockers to climb to the second stage and tackle linebackers. And on one play Leverett confirmed the velocity and athleticism to get out in entrance of his working again on a pulling play.

– Contributed by JC Allen

Sterns Continues To Make Acrobatic Performs

One other observe, one other present of athleticism for huge receiver Jerreth Sterns. With Trask throwing over the center, Sterns soared by means of the air to verify he caught it. He was pretty open on the play, this simply put an exclamation level on it.

With all of the expertise and depth at huge receiver, it received’t be simple for Sterns, an undrafted free agent, to make the 53-man roster. However he’s a really thrilling participant to observe.

One other Stable Day For Borregales

Friday marked the second straight observe Jose Borregales dealt with all of the kicking duties. He was 6-of-6 on his subject purpose makes an attempt, together with one from about 50 yards out. If the second-year kicker can proceed to point out consistency on his kicks whereas displaying his leg power, the beginning job could find yourself being his. His subsequent huge check will probably be when the Dolphins come to city the place he can show he can deal with the highlight in an precise sport.

– Contributed by JC Allen

The Bucs resume observe on Saturday over the weekend. PewterReport.com will proceed to watch whether or not Brady and Evans return for coaching camp by then.

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