By Kevin Weiss
Day four of training camp was another scorching hot day, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to prevent the Bucs from getting their work in.
“The heat in Florida is no joke. We never will put the players at risk and will take as many water breaks as necessary,” said Lovie Smith.
The second day in pads provided more insight into what the Jeff Tedford style-offense will entail and the talent the offense will have at its disposal.
The emphasis in today’s practice focused primarily on quick screens, curls and flat routes to running backs with a heavy dose of short-to-intermediate crossing routes to the big wide receivers and tight ends.
For most of the day, the passing game and large targets had an advantage over the smaller cornerbacks and safeties in both 7-on-7 and 11-on-11. Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, and Tommy Streeter consistently used their considerable length and size to out-muscle defensive backs over the middle.
Love Smith was particularly pleased with Streeter’s development in camp so far.
“He has made a few plays," Smith said. "We have seen definite improvement from him.”
Another offensive player that stood out and got more opportunities to make plays was rookie TE Austin Sefarian-Jenkins. Jenkins not only aligned tight in formations, but got looks out wide as well.
“He’s continued to pick up the offense and has made a huge jump with the playbook. He’s getting a lot of reps,” Smith said.
All eyes were once again on the fastest man in the building in RB Jeff Demps. When he had the ball in his hands, he was elusive with his footwork and had the ability to sidestep defenders with an impressive juke move.
However, the problem for Demps has been the inconsistency with holding onto the football. The first kickoff to him went right through his hands and he had another drop on a play to the flat where he was wide open.
•Quote of the day: “That’s pretty personal, isn’t it?”-Lovie Smith’s response when asked what players will do on their personal day.
•CB Alterraun Verner is still dealing with a hamstring injury and sat out of today’s practice.
•Eric Page, Chris Owusu, and Charles Sims were the first of eight Buccaneers to get looks at kickoff returns.
•Guards Patrick Omameh and Kadeem Edwards got considerable first-team reps on the offensive line.
•K Connor Barth hit the uprights on a 35-yard FG attempt, but made up for it by knocking one in from 50-yards out.
•The play of the day: T Demar Dotson catching a TD-pass in the flat from P Michael Koenen on a fake FG attempt.
•New DT addition Clinton McDonald gave himself a grade of a “C-plus” for his performance so far in training camp, but gave the roster as a whole a “good B.”
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