What the Bucs Say: August 1


(We have any further updates on Ryan Jensen’s knee injury)

“Not at the moment. We are still awaiting the return of the tests.”

(On his thoughts on the first day of practice in the pads)

“The mental approach was there. I thought we were a bit tired in the middle – as expected with the pads in this heat – but iron sharpens iron and I think that was a lot of good compromises.”

(Enabled if the attack had a difficult start)

“Well, mentally I thought they were okay. I don’t think they had a rough start. I think we were working on some things and trying different things with the setup. I think they’re going to well. I thought they picked him pretty good and I don’t think they had bad practice at all.”

(On if he appreciates catches on through passes or if he always looks at them from a defensive coordinator point of view)

“I can appreciate the catch, but I can also appreciate the bags that you don’t all see.”

(Centre Robert Hainsey training against first and second team defenders)

“He was fine. He trained against them all last year. He won’t get a better job than Vita [Vea] and Akiem [Hicks], so… you know, he might face a faster guy, but he’s not going to face a stronger guy. So he’s getting good reps right now. We will prepare it.”

(On NT Vita Vea seems dominant on Mondays)

“He’s a strong man. Once you’re in the pads, the bigger players start to appear on both sides of football, and we know that Vita is one of our biggest. He plays good football. “

(On if WR Scotty Miller was okay after catching a deep pass and landing on the ground)

“As far as I know he’s fine. It was a good catch and a good practice. We just have to keep going.”

(On what Miller can do to get back to his 2020 form)

“Staying healthy is the main thing. He leaves two or three weeks and [then] he has an abnormal injury that holds him back a bit. But he’s healthy right now, he’s stronger, he looks fast. Again, this is the first day of pads. It’s a war of attrition in pre-season, so we’ll just take it day by day and try to keep it fresh.”

(On the practice of WR Tyler Johnson)

“I can’t say I watched him exclusively, so I have to see the movie on him. I just know he’s in really good shape and doing everything right.”

(On CB Sean Murphy-Bunting)

“He got bumped all last year so he didn’t have his health or his speed at that point. He came to camp in great shape. His offseason was good and he’s moving really well right now. moment. We’re happy where he is – we just have to keep him fresh.”

(On what he saw of rookie G Luke Goedeke and rookie DL Logan Hall in the pads)

“Just learn the system and get acclimatized with pads on how things work rather than no pads, and adapt to the blocks on both sides of the ball. I just can’t wait for them to go. “Improving. They understand it mentally. Just working with the guys they have to work with and being on the same page, that’s the most important thing for these two guys.”

(On CB rookie Zyon McCollum)

“We’re putting a lot in right now, so obviously he’s going to have to learn over the next two weeks, but his athleticism, his speed and his intelligence are there. He’s just getting used to the system.”

(On his observations of rookie WR Deven Thompkins after a day in the pads)

“It’s only been a day. It’s only been a day.”

(On the lack of season-to-season continuity this year on the interior offensive line)

“That’s not a concern at this time. Again, we’ve drafted [Robert] Hainsey in the third round last year. He took a ton of reps throughout the season. He took a ton of reps with the offensive line, other than Shaq Mason. But the chemistry goes through the pre-season. Better it’s happened now than Week 6 or Week 7 when he has two days of practice, and you’re worried about him getting into a game. He has two weeks of training, he has three pre-season games, he faces Vita [Vea] and [Akiem] Hicks Everyday, featuring ‘Nacho’ (Rakeem Nunez-Roches) and Will [Gholston]. He will be more than ready, if that happens, when the season starts.”

(On also having two new starting guards)

“Two new guards too. Shaq [Mason] been here all spring so it’s already acclimatized and we’re still working through the [left] guard thing, but we have guys who can play. The closet isn’t empty – they just need experience.”

(On the value of having a quarterback like Tom Brady sharing his knowledge after every play)

“It’s hugely important, not just Tom, but we have experienced receivers. They can come back and tell Tom certain things about what they’re seeing and how to adjust certain routes, and they’re on the same page, and they can make some things happen that way.The more the overall experience of [Russell] Gage, Julio [Jones]Mike [Evans] and chris [Godwin]obviously being on the same page is going to do wonders for us.”

(On if he ain’t a music guy in practice)

“No, I’ve had music before. We’ll find some sort of deal. We’ll see where it takes us.”

(Enabled if players requested music in practice)

“Not many. Probably one in particular. There you go – Donovan [Smith]. We’ll see what he has to offer and take it from there.”

(On if he has anything special planned for Tom Brady on his 45th birthday on Wednesday)

“As long as we keep him up and walking, it’s a great birthday. What do you give the guy who has everything, right?”

(On Guardian Caps that some players wear on their helmets)

“It feels like practice is a bit quieter because you don’t hear the snap. You’re not supposed to hit with your head anyway, at least not the top of your head. It’s not no big deal. It’s on the top, it doesn’t affect the game. Maybe it’s a little heavy or a little hotter when you go out as a player, but it’s good for the safety of the game. Whatever we try to do to make it safe, we try to go from there.”

(On what it means for the team to have a military appreciation day at camp)

“It means a lot. It puts everything into perspective. What they do and what we do is like child’s play. We have fun and practice and they protect the country and take bullets. So, for them to go out and take a day off, if we can provide entertainment, we try to make sure we do that.”

(On whether QB Tom Brady will have the day off on his birthday)

“Everything is negotiable but we’ll see. We haven’t given anyone else their birthday. If it falls on that day, so be it.”

“He’s in top form. The ball carriers – it’s just going to be a matter of training and pre-season games. We know he knows what he’s doing, we know he knows how to play. It’s going to be a great competition there. We think like we have a group of guys there who can lead the football. He’ll get a chance in pre-season as well as the other guys. Like I said, we’ve a lot of talent in a lot of positions, so it’s going to be tough decisions.”

(On the biggest thing he wants to see as the team moves into pad practice)

“Just keep playing smarter football. Our situations will be what win or lose games for us. We have to keep playing smarter football. I know we are physical, I know we have talent. smart football is what wins you games.”

(Which player in particular impressed him on intelligence)

“We have a lot of smart football players. I can’t say just one guy has stood out smart for me. It’s just the situation, it involves different guys all the time. We have a lot of football players smart. . It’s just about getting all the smart football players on the same page at the same time. Two minutes, red zone, back, third and short – every situation requires some thought.”

(The hardest part of the NFL transition is for a rookie like Rachaad White)

“It’s probably pick-up blitz. They don’t really do that much in college where they get the ball out really fast or you’re the star running back. He’s ready, that’s the most important thing It’s just a matter of going down the patterns of this one and understanding his technique.”


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