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Mark Barron Can Sit Anywhere Now

July 26, 2012 at 05:48pm by Scott   •  10 Comments »

Nothing snarky this time. Good luck, Brian.
On the first day of training camp, the Bucs traded Brian Price to Chicago for a low-round 2013 pick. In case any players thought Greg Schiano wasn’t serious, they should take those doubts, shoot them in the face and bury them in the back yard.

My guess is that Price showed up to camp out of shape, but that seems like something that could be overcome. He certainly wouldn’t have been the first. It seems extra-harsh with all the tragedy Price has gone through, most recently (as in a few months ago) the loss of his sister which affected him so profoundly that he had to be hospitalized. But the team and Price may have come to an agreement that we don’t know about and there may not be any hard feelings. Whatever the reason is, that’s another second round pick gone. Da’Quan Bowers, hurt; Brian Price, traded; Kellen Winslow, traded; Dexter Jackson, waste of space; Arron Sears, tragically vegetative. The second round is the money round. That’s where some of the biggest bargains are, and the Bucs have whiffed on it for years. Jeremy Trueblood is arguably the most successful Buccaneer second-round pick of the millenium. Maybe I should be nicer to him.

The good news is that Amobi Okoye will come off the PUP list tomorrow, so he will be able to fill in right away assuming he takes Price’s spot. Price was playing nose for most of his career, and that seems like a mismatch for Okoye, but who knows what Schiano and his defensive staff have in mind. I like the idea of two fast and athletic first-rounders anchoring the middle of the line. Also, Adam Hayward will come of the PUP list tomorrow.

While they were at it, the Bucs released Dezmon Briscoe. The Bucs had a shitload of wide receivers, but Briscoe was one that I was pretty sure would stick. He was said to be somewhat sloppy in OTAs, but we all knew what he could do on gameday. The rub there is that Schiano doesn’t give a shit what you did on gameday in any other season; he wants to see what you’re bringing to the table today. Briscoe didn’t bring enough, and now he’s on the market. Remember when Mark Dominik overpaid him a practice squad salary just to get him on the team? Yeah, Schiano doesn’t care about that, either. Somewhere in a training camp dorm, Sammie Stroughter is thanking Jesus and rubbing a lucky charm bracelet.

Chris Hovan Should Be Nervous

April 22, 2010 at 11:04am by Scott   •  2 Comments »

Sad Hovan need time alone.
According to Pat Yasinskas, Chris Hovan is one of five players in the NFC South who should be nervous about the draft.

Chris Hovan: The Tampa Bay defensive tackle is a nice guy and, earlier in his career, was a good player. But I thought Hovan started looking washed up when he got destroyed in a loss at Carolina late in the 2008 season. The Bucs haven’t replaced him yet, but there’s a very good chance Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy will be at One Buccaneer Place by Friday morning.

Hovan has slowed down some, but the reason he should be nervous is that he’s turning 32 next month and the lifeclock in his palm is going to start blinking any day now. At “almost 32″, Hovan is the second-oldest player on the roster next to Ronde Barber. Don’t think they’re not looking for an excuse to dump him. Other players who are technically in their 30s: Greg White, John Gilmore, Jerramy Stevens, Earnest Graham. All of them should be nervous today and should all meet at Denny’s for the Early Bird Dinner Special at 2:00 to console each other while complaining that kids today don’t know what real music is.

In a separate article, Pat followed-up this list with one more entry because he realized he made a glaring omission.

On my earlier post about guys who should be nervous about the draft, I cut the number off at five. But we’ll throw out an honorable mention here to Tampa Bay receiver Michael Clayton. The Bucs are going to come out of this draft with at least one receiver, probably two. Even if those guys are raw and inexperienced they might have an edge on Clayton, who hasn’t been seen since his rookie year.

The only two receivers the Bucs have taken lately anywhere close to where Clayton was picked are Dexter Jackson and Maurice Stovall. Jackson was a miserable failure who made me lose respect for the Bucs and anyone who follows them, including myself, and Stovall, through the power of attrition, went from an afterthought to a potential starter this year. If the Bucs pick a receiver in the first or second round and they show any promise at all, Clayton could be gone. Hell, if they pick up a receiver on Friday, they may trade Clayton for a pick they can use on Saturday. And that will have been his biggest contribution to the team in years.

Let’s Talk About Trading Back Into The First Round

April 15, 2010 at 09:38am by Scott   •  3 Comments »

The drug addict and the kid that was too short to play linebacker.
In this Times article about the Glazers not putting any financial constraints on the war room team, Mark Dominik says this:

“We’re in a lot of strategic planning as we go right now in terms of how to maximize our ability to take advantage of the talent in this draft, at the same time understanding we must do so,” Dominik said.

And then in another Times article, the focus is on reflecting on the 1995 draft and how the Bucs hit pay dirt with Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks in the first round.

“I firmly believe that the 2010 draft is as critical as the ’95 draft was for the Bucs, just from the standpoint how talent-rich the draft is,” said general manager Mark Dominik, who was hired as a 22-year-old scout a few months after that draft.

“In ’95, it turned out to be a good draft, but no one took advantage of it in the first round better than the Bucs did. This draft class, to me, has more talent throughout. … It’s why we’ve spent an exorbitant amount of time preparing for this class.”

Not to go all Florio on you here, but are these hints that the Bucs are considering using their two second-rounders to trade back up into the late first round? They would be getting two players instead of three, but the second round hasn’t been so kind to the Bucs lately. Dexter Jackson was a colossal bust, Sabby Piscitelli has been disappointing, and the team currently doesn’t know if they like Jeremy Trueblood or Barrett Ruud enough to keep them around beyond this year. That doesn’t happen as much with first-round picks.

I’d really like to see them make that move for LB Sean Weatherspoon (Missouri), but I don’t think the need is great enough at linebacker for them to actually pull the trigger on it.

A move back into the first would almost guarantee getting WR Golden Tate (Notre Dame), although the third and fourth rounds should still be stocked with quality talent at receiver (Eric Decker (Minnesota), Mardy Gilyard (Cincinnati), Riley Cooper (Florida), Jordan Shipley (Texas), Mike Williams (Syracuse)) — maybe they think the draft is deep enough at receiver that they can pass on one until the third.

What about safety? Eric Berry will be gone before they can trade back up, but Earl Thomas (Texas) may still be there. Mike Mayock calls him the most instinctive safety he’s seen in years.

In case Arron Sears doesn’t come back, they could probably snag the top guard in the draft, Mike Iupati (Idaho), by trading back up into the 20s. But is it really worth making that kind of splash trade only to get a guard? Guards are important and all, but if you’re going to make the move, it should be for an “impact” player.

My guess would be a defensive end. Derrick Morgan (Georgia Tech) will likely be gone and some poor sap will have already taken Jason Pierre-Paul (South Florida), but either Brandon Graham (Michigan) or Carlos Dunlap (Florida) could still be hanging around. Everyone knows that the Bucs’ war room loves Florida Gators. Dunlap is physically gifted and when he plays to his potential is nearly unblockable with one man. But he has maturity issues and been known to take plays off and not put forth a lot of effort in practices. Graham, on the other hand, is a super-hard worker with excellent intangibles, but is a little short with stubby little T-Rex arms. He has learned to use his leg strength to gain leverage because he’s not an elite athlete like Dunlap.

If the Bucs are going to trade back into the first round, I’d put my money on one of these guys. If off-the-field issues are dealbrakers for the Bucs these days (Santonio Holmes, Brandon Marshall, etc.) then Graham is the guy. But if Morris is confident that he’s the one that can get through to him and turn his career around, they could take a chance on Dunlap. Your turn in the comments.

REAR ENTRIES: Dallas YouTube Party

September 09, 2009 at 11:44am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

BEWARE OF KICKER: Tim McMahon of the Dallas Morning News reminds us that Clifton Smith got lit up by a punter last year in Dallas. I had forgotten about it, but here’s the proof. It’s not SO bad.

And then McMahon follows it with this:

But if Smith thought Wham Bam Sam Paulescu packed a punch, wait until uberkicker David Buehler launches into him.

Aww, fuck. Remember Buehler? I discussed him once during draft season. He’s the kicker that did 25 reps of 225 on the bench at the combine. Plus he’s 6-2, 227. So between that upper body strength and the leg strength that kickers usually have, he could possibly remove Smith’s torso if he hits him just right. Someone call the league office and tell them that Buehler is shooting roids. He’s a kicker that benches as much as a linebacker; no one is going to doubt you.

WARD VS JENKINS PT II: Hey, I like this blogger McMahon. Forget that he’s writing about the Cowboys, he puts good stuff out there. He also takes the time to remind us about last time Mike Jenkins met up with Derrick Ward. Last year against the Giants, Jenkins got into a classic tackling form, waited for Ward to run to him, stood there shitting his pants, and watched Ward score a touchdown. I remember when this happened and it was one of the funniest plays of the year. Here it is in ultra-shitty quality.

Now Jenkins has the chance to make a game-crushing whiff in front of his hometown audience (Jenkins grew up in Bradenton). I remember being disappointed that the Bucs wound up with Aqib Talib instead of Jenkins as a rookie cornerback.

NEW TO YOU: Alex Smith to Philadelphia, Rob Bruggeman to Atlanta’s practice squad, Dexter Jackson worked out in Carolina, Warrick Dunn turned down work in Seattle. Hey, the Bucs play all those teams this year. It’s Bruggeman I’d be most concerned about. As a center, he knows all the protections and is familiar with the line calls. And, you know, they just kind of grabbed a guy off the street to replace him. He might still be a little pissed about that.

Dexter Jackson #2 Cut

August 31, 2009 at 10:33am by Scott   •  No Comments »

Bad hands, cowardice, poor practice habits -- this kid had it all.
It’s not often you release a guy you drafted in the second round just one year earlier. That’s makes a couple pretty bold statements. First, your draft position does not excuse you from performing well and will not protect you. Second… man, you drafted like shit. And it is on that note that yet another Dexter Jackson era ends in Tampa Bay.

The 5-9, 182-pound Jackson did not have a reception as a rookie and was considered more of a project as a receiver. He came into his second Buccaneer training camp hoping to carve out a role as a pass-catcher but will now need a fresh NFL start after Monday’s release. Jackson played in the Buccaneers’ preseason opener at Tennessee but suffered a mild ankle injury on a punt return and did not appear in the next two contests.

Looking over last year’s draft, there wasn’t a lot of quality right around where Jackson was drafted. They might have been able to trade up and get DeSean Jackson or Eddie Royal if they were really in need of a receiver, but that second round run on receivers took everyone by surprise. Dan Connor at linebacker might turn out to be good, but the Bucs already had a second-round middle linebacker that it working out nicely. The real depth was at running back, an area where the Bucs didn’t want to spend another high pick. Unless they were just going to try and trade away the pick for a higher pick in 2009, it’s hard to blame them for picking Jackson.

Jackson was looking better this camp, actually taking hits during returns and not burrowing under the field like Bugs Bunny. But he never really looked like a professional football player. Some other team will pick him up and give him a try at receiver. And if he happens to turn into a productive contributor to that team, someone needs to examine what Richard Mann is teaching these guys.

Yep, That’s A Burn

August 21, 2009 at 10:13am by Scott   •  No Comments »

All those times he watched The Matrix instead of game film finally paid off.
Here’s a weird sentence: There’s an article about Clifton Smith in the Wall Street Journal. It’s mostly about how undrafted free agents are people too and how they have the potential to contribute Pro Bowl seasons to a team despite being too short or too slow or whatever. The Buc part of the article is about Smith’s agent, Jason Dillard, lobbied to the Bucs for Smith to take over return duties after he noticed that Dexter Jackson was taking more dives than Greg Louganis.

Noticing this, Jason Dillard, Mr. Smith’s agent, began sending text messages to Mark Dominik, a Buccaneers personnel executive. “You have a guy on your practice squad who is not going to fall down,” Mr. Dillard wrote.

And then Dillard had to set down his Blackberry because it was just too damn hot to hold after that burn.

The rest of the article is actually pretty interesting. For example, did you know there was a second combine for players who are slow and dumpy?

Earlier this summer in Indianapolis, scouts from NFL teams came to observe an event that gets almost no coverage—the Elite National Combine. Not to be confused with the official scouting combine in February, which is restricted to top college prospects, this camp is a last-chance stop for middling players who want to make a team who weren’t signed after the draft.

The article names Adam Vinatieri and Wayne Chrebet as veterans of the Elite National Combine. How long before our need to have football crammed down our throats all year long pushes ESPN to televise this cattle drive? It’s got to be fun to watch, right? Like the Special Olympics, but without the guilt when you involuntarily laugh. Maybe instead of putting 225 on the bench, they just see how many times the players can put the bar up. And instead of the 40-yard dash, they have a spelling bee. “Your word is ‘HGH’.”

Anyway, the whole article is worth your time to read. I guess because the author isn’t a Tampa sportswriter.

Definitely Preseason

August 17, 2009 at 10:30am by Scott   •  9 Comments »

Hey, at least I didn't photoshop 'FAIL' at the top of it.
I finally got around to watching the game last night and it definitely looked like a team playing its first preseason game. Assuming that team was made up of retarded amputees. Holy hell, this? This is the new attacking, run-first, high-priced offense that the Glazers are paying for? Much like my prom, this game was poor decision after poor decision. And also like my prom, the team suffered from a lack of protection all night long. Where to start?

First, you can’t grade Luke McCown on that first series. Maurice Stovall should have broken off his route and Cortez Hankton let the ball slip through his hands. Luke can’t do it all. But that sack/fumble where he got facemasked and basically just tossed the ball away frantically like he just found out it was forged by Satan himself? Yeah, that was pretty unforgivable. The people who were saying that Luke can be counted on for one boneheaded play per game got their vindication there.

Earnest Graham looked like hell, too. You can’t fault him completely because the starting offensive line got almost zero push, but this is the guy who was making yardage out of nothing last year. What happened to that guy? And Cortland Finnegan is a good player and all, but there’s no way a defensive back weighing 188 should be able to lay such a devastating hit on a running back weighing 225 so as to dislodge the ball.

Okay, Jeff Faine was out and Davin Joseph only took a couple snaps. Fine. But it’s not like they were replaced by traffic cones, is it? Jeremy Zuttah looked miserable, which is really surprising given his performance last year. The only starting offensive lineman I saw that really held his own was Donald Penn. All the other backup linemen, Xavier Fulton, Demar Dotson, James Lee… they all let defenders through.

The savior of the running game was Clifton Smith, who made a lot of things happen on his own. I know it was against some Titan backups, but he showed shiftiness, burst and finishing ability. Please let him stay healthy.

I hear some clamoring already to keep Kareem Huggins because of this game’s performance, and it was a good one, but please. The Bucs already have four tailbacks that aren’t going anywhere. Best case scenario, he clears waivers and lands on the practice squad. But with another performance like this one, he probably won’t clear waivers.

Just like in camp, Byron Leftwich was high risk/high reward. Everybody was so happy to see him push the ball down the field more than McCown did, and it was exciting to watch and did pay off sometimes. But damn, sometimes you just have to dump the ball off. Not everything is going to be a 25 yard completion. Balls were sailing through receivers hands so often, you have to put some of the blame on the quarterback. Ever heard an analyst talk about a pass throwing a “catchable ball”? That’s what they mean. High and hard may work when you’re fucking, but it’s very dangerous when your throwing a football. Take it down a notch, Byron.

And that touchdown pass to Brian Clark was pretty sweet, but if Clark had missed it, everyone would have blamed Leftwich because it was thrown behind him. It really was a great catch by Clark.

And if we’re going to talk about McCown’s stupid fumble, we need to give almost equal time to Leftwich’s 17-yard sack. Whizzer White would have been proud.

God he’s unathletic. He looks like he weighs 600 pounds when he scrambles.

Josh Freeman started out all right, but he might as well have announced where he was going with that interception over the LP Field PA system. He never looked anywhere else and Ryan Mouton read him all the way. He had another pass that should have been picked off, too. It’s his first professional game and you have to cut the kid some slack, but I hate to remind you that that’s the exact same kind of shit Freeman did at Kansas State.

Nice rushing touchdown by Josh Johnson. He had the most stable night of all the quarterbacks, and after those performances, that was fine with me. But all this “Keep Johnson, cut McCown” talk has to stop. Johnson isn’t in that class yet.

Maurice Stovall may have punched his ticket off the roster. He’s supposed to have the best work ethic of all the players, but on the field he doesn’t look like he cares that much. The only thing that saves him is that a lot of his peers didn’t look that great, either.

Where the receivers will make their marks is on special teams. And you have to give the edge to Brian Clark who forced that holding call for the safety. Great rush against a tight end who outweighs him by 50 pounds. Clark in general seemed to make more plays.

Dexter Jackson looks like he’s not afraid to take a few hits anymore, but maybe he should be if he’s going to put the ball on the turf on punt returns. And Sammie Stroughter looks like he can be an excellent receiver, but still needs a lot of work on returns. He muffed his first return and then tried to reverse direction on another and got buried. He’s not fast enough to do that. But a 27-yard kick return average is nothing to sneeze at.

Okay, onto the defense. The starting defensive line looked pretty damn good. Greg White is back to making splash plays, Ryan Sims and Chris Hovan were brilliant in clogging up the middle and forcing plays outside and Gaines Adams… well, Adams was nearly invisible. I went ahead and checked the stats sheet and Adams doesn’t show up at all. Do you know who Rashaad Duncan is? Because I don’t. He’s so new and anonymous that I didn’t know he was on the team, and I’m a guy who tends to keep up with these things. Duncan had four tackles last night. Adams had nothing. He rushed from left end for two Titans possessions and never made it past Michael Otto. Oh, you don’t know who Michael Otto is? He was taken in the seventh round by the Titans in 2007. Pick #223 to be exact. Adams was taken in that same draft at #4. What. The. Fuck.

But that interception by White really was nice. He couldn’t penetrate, so he fell back into coverage and got his hands up. Heads up play all the way.

Dre Moore and Roy Miller are looking like a formidable defensive tackle duo. Don’t be surprised to see them in the rotation often.

The starting linebackers looked pretty good, sticking to their assignments and mostly getting it done. Jermaine Phillips still looks a little hesitant and he missed a tackle in the backfield, but overall he wasn’t bad. He said later that he wished the game had been more physical, which I kind of like.

Adam Hayward was beaten up for his missed tackle later in the game for the touchdown, but he mostly had a good game. That huge hit he had on… damn, I can’t find the Titan’s name, but it was a monster lick and he showed excellent discipline in sticking with his man.

Sabby Piscitelli is shining in this new defense so far. Great open field tackles and an interception. Okay, it was kind of an easy interception, but that shouldn’t detract from his performance.

John Lynch went on and on about Elbert Mack‘s coverage of Kenny Britt in the endzone, and Mack was tight on his man and all, but the ball slipped through Britt’s hands. It was good coverage, but not a special play. That said, I thought Mack had a great game.

Come on, Lynch… *LUKE* Mccown. Not Josh. I realize there are two quarterbacks on the team named Josh, but you should know better.

Donte Nicholson fucked up bad. He completely lost Britt on the play for the easy touchdown. And with Kyle Arrington showing some moves, he can’t afford to do stuff like that.

Torrie Cox, too. Cox should have been able to wrap Britt up before he fell forward for the first down.

Shit, I just realized Kenny Britt was everywhere in that game. Nice pick by the Titans.

After his first punt, Dirk Johnson looked pretty good. A 39-yard net average is impressive. By comparison, Josh Bidwell‘s net average last year was 37.6.

Mike Nugent kicked a longer field goal than Matt Bryant did all 2008. He also put the kickoff into the endzone, something I haven’t seen much of from Bryant. That last miss had plenty of distance but was off target. But 50% on 50+ field goals is all right.

Okay, so maybe the retarded amputee thing at the beginning was too harsh. I was mad. Can you blame me? But I think somewhere in these 1,500 words is a fair assessment of the game, and it wasn’t pretty.

What To Look For In Tennessee (Besides Moonshine)

August 14, 2009 at 09:41am by Scott   •  4 Comments »

You know, the cheapness of those practice jerseys has bothered me all camp. Didn't they used to look cooler?
Practices are more and more becoming beefed-up walk-thrus rather than full speed and fully-padded torture sessions, so there is less you can really glean from them in terms of who is playing better than others. So let’s talk about the preseason game tomorrow instead.

A good number of the starting slots are locked. I think the biggest competitions for starters are at quarterback (natch) and weakside linebacker. Other slots up for grabs are receivers #4 and #5, cornerback #4, safety #4, some of the defensive line rotations and possibly kicker if Matt Bryant starts feeling better. This first preseason game will be used to test out the starters for about the first 20 minutes and then the substitutions will start.

With Antonio Bryant and Michael Clayton sitting this one out, the wide receivers lower down the depth chart will have an excellent opportunity to get extra work and prove themselves. By my count, we have five guys fighting for two spot, assuming the Bucs keep five wide receivers on the roster. Brian Clark, Cortez Hankton, Kelly Campbell, Dexter Jackson and Mario Urrutia. I’m pretty sure Sammie Stroughter is a lock for the roster, so I’m not including him. For being the new guy in town, Urrutia has been getting a ton of reps and has looked good in them, so I’m giving him a better shot to make the team over guys like Pat Carter and Joel Filani, neither of which I think have a prayer. DON’T JUST WATCH THE CATCHES. Watch the downfield blocking on run plays, watch to see if they complete their routes even when the play isn’t coming their way. Are they jogging or running? Are they giving their quarterback a good target? Can they effectively shield themselves from a cornerback even when the cornerback has a good position on him? Spectacular one-handed catches are pretty to watch, but it’s just a small part of what the coaches will be looking at to see if someone is worthy of the 53.

Jermaine Phillips will be fun to watch in his new role. Check out how aggressively he attacks offensive linemen. Does he hit them head on like a linebacker, or does he try to run around them like a safety would? He had some trouble with that early in camp. Can he read, recognize, and get into coverage fast enough? Coverage was never his strong suit at safety — how will he do when he’s closer to the line and the action comes at him faster? Bo Scaife and Alge Crumpler are no slouches.

Ronde Barber will be another interesting case. When the Bucs are in their base, he’ll play right corner as he always does, but he’ll be playing much more man than he used to. Then when they go into nickel, Elbert Mack will be the left corner and Barber will drop into the slot. Try to see how well Barber does in coverage compared to Mack. Mack has arguably been the biggest playmaker in camp this year. I don’t think Barber will lose his starting job before the regular season begins, but Mack could make a strong case that he’s the better cover corner and deserves to start if Barber struggles. He’ll begin to build that case tomorrow in Tennessee.

And, of course, some questions will be answered tomorrow at quarterback. Luke McCown seems like the safer, more consistent pick and Byron Leftwich makes more big plays. At least in camp. Can McCown put the team on his shoulders when he doesn’t have his two starting receivers to help him out? How many big plays will he bail out of and take the checkdown? As I said, Leftwich has made some big plays in camp, but I argue that several of those big plays never would have happened because he would have taken sacks in real games. Leftwich will be behind a second string offensive line throwing to receivers on the bubble. What’s the over/under for the number of times he’ll eat turf?

I’m looking forward to this game as much as I can remember ever looking forward to a preseason game. After the second one, I’ll post my final 53-man roster prediction. Questions/predictions in the comments.

Camp Report: Tuesday August 11

August 12, 2009 at 10:24am by Scott   •  No Comments »

Since the high-five went out of style, Tanard Jackson has been trying to replace it with the 'high-foot'.
Derrick Ward was back at practice in the morning. Everyone else that was held out Monday was held out again Tuesday, and also Geno Hayes. Ronde Barber and Kellen Winslow both practiced in the morning but were held out in the afternoon. No word on what the reason was.

With Barber out in the afternoon, Elbert Mack took his spot and Tanard Jackson was the nickel corner.

Ward looked good and strong on his first day back. That guy’s legs just keep cranking even when there’s no chance of him making any more yardage. This video has a good example of that around the 35 second mark.

I guess Demar Dotson is the backup right tackle regardless of what the depth chart says because he’s taking all of Jeremy Trueblood‘s starter snaps while Trueblood is being held out. Trueblood came back in the afternoon.

In lineman 1-on-1s, Jimmy Wilkerson beat Davin Joseph twice in a row. I think this is more good news for Wilkerson rather than bad news for Joseph. Joseph has looked solid at other times.

Roy Miller was one of the most impressive defensive lineman on Tuesday. 1-on-1s and 11-on-11s, he consistently beat his guy.

No one is talking about Rod Wilson much, but he’s really very good. He will see playing time in the regular season at linebacker, you watch.

Someone told Luke McCown he was falling behind because he had a nearly flawless morning. Everything was on target. Not so much for Byron Leftwich. Nothing truly hideous — one bad fumble in the afternoon was the worst — just off.

Josh Freeman has been inconsistent, but not in a way that really concerns me. He’ll make some brilliant plays and then make some terrible plays. The terrible ones look more like miscommunications and bad reads more than him just sucking, which is actually encouraging in a weird way.

One thing’s for sure, he doesn’t mind airing it out. Freeman almost always goes for the bomb, even with receivers double-covered. That’s dumb, but it’s obvious that there’s no place on the field where he can’t get the ball.

God, I hope he’s not picking up Leftwich’s throwing motion. I saw a couple passes that looked like Freeman was dipping down and winding up like Leftwich does. Ii thin they were just anomalies or maybe it was just the angle of the camera. I really hope so.

Raheem Morris called for a no huddle offense for a while. It worked out all right, but there was a false start during it.

Special teams was pretty much the same as it always is. Matt Bryant made all his field goals (including the one into the kid’s face) but apparently re-injured his leg. Mike Nugent made all his field goals and did not injure himself or anyone else.

Cadillac Williams and Dexter Jackson (among others) caught kicks in place of Clifton Smith.

There’s only one practice on Wednesday at 2:30.

Camp Report: Wednesday August 5

August 06, 2009 at 10:26am by Scott   •  1 Comment »

Joseph + Sims = a fight I don't want to get in the middle of.
Kellen Winslow, Angelo Crowell and Antonio Bryant didn’t practice in the morning. Crowell is said to be out for a week because of his hamstring. Remember, it was his knee that was a problem in Buffalo. This is the kind of thing that could lead to an early exit for him and may explain why Geno Hayes has been playing some strongside. Winslow and Bryant returned for the afternoon practice.

Michael Clayton pulled his hamstring in the morning practice and sat out in the afternoon. He is said to be day to day.

Morning practice was in full pads with some actual live hitting at the goal line. Afternoon practice was just helmets. I mean, of course they had shorts and jerseys on, too. You pervert.

Josh Freeman is getting fewer and fewer reps as training camp goes on. It seems as though the coaches are trying to decide who is going to start in the preseason and that Freeman is not part of that competition.

In goal line situations, Tanard Jackson has been playing close to the line as a linebacker, with Will Allen taking his place at safety. Jermaine Phillips is also on the field as a linebacker. I think Raheem Morris wants to see if he can field an entire defense of defensive backs.

Speaking of Jackson, he got his first interception on Wednesday. It was off of Luke McCown, who wasn’t looking especially sharp.

Quincy Black may be the most impressive athlete on the team. He’s a perfect combination of speed and strength who can bull rush an offensive lineman or easily drop into coverage and stay step for step with a wide receiver. There’s no reason why he couldn’t be on the field for every defensive snap if he learns his assignments correctly.

Black also mentioned in passing during this video that he’d be willing to play “wing or tight end“. The team has plenty of backfield and tight end depth, so I don’t think this would actually happen, but I wonder if it’s being tossed around as a possibility.

Rich Bisaccia had talked about giving the kickers the day off on Wednesday, but it didn’t happen. They had more special teams drills with Josh Bidwell kicking live punts.

Again, tons of people catching kickoffs. Maurice Stovall was an interesting one.

Dexter Jackson dropped several passes Wednesday, even after the rain stopped. He made some nice plays as well, but too many drops.

Sammie Stroughter had a fantastic one-handed stab on a rainbow thrown by McCown.

Gaines Adams is not strong enough yet to get an effective bull rush against Jeremy Trueblood, but he did beat Trueblood with some effective arm techniques. This is a great battle to watch unfold.

Greg White is not having much luck against Donald Penn. He gets past him sometimes, but loses more than he wins.

Jeff Faine… not having a great camp so far. Seems to be getting pushed around some.

Byron Leftwich was hitting everything in sight Wednesday. He only missed a couple throws and was clearly better than McCown, who has cooled off a lot since his hot start over the weekend.

McCown is a great scrambler, though. He can get out of a lot of bad situations with his feet and throws well on the run.