Pads pop on Day 5 of Bucs Training Camp as the team was in full gear for just the second time. Linebacker Lavonte David delivers the biggest blow in the backfield, taking down Doug Martin.
"First couple days in pads just trying to get the feel," David said. "Trying to get back in tune with it."
Less than a week into camp and it's the defense that appears to be ahead of the offense, which is normal. During the red zone passing period, Josh Freeman beat double coverage hitting Mike Williams in the back of the end zone, But on 13 plays, only three crossed the goal line.
"There are a lot of great players over there (on offense)," said Middle Linebacker Mason Foster. "Everybody is making plays. It's good to see everybody compete at a high level. It makes everybody better."
The most excitement happens during the last practice period, a game situation. Bucs trail 21-18 with less than two minutes to play. Josh Freeman leads his team on an 11-play drive. He converts on 4th down to Chris Owusu to keep the drive going.
Then hits Mike Williams to set up Derek Dimke from from long distance. With the clock running out, the Bucs free agent kicker splits the uprights. How far was it?
"I actually don't know," Dimke said. "It was on Bonzai situation. We just run out on the field and kick it. I don't know."
"The guys give me a great snap and a great hold. So I was just fortunate to be out there in that opportunity."
Head Coach Greg Schiano liked a lot on the drive.
"A good completion there on the 4th down play," Schiano said. "Certainly a good competition to Mike (Williams) there to put us in field goal range."
With the tying field goal coming as the game clock expired, everyone had their eyes on the goal post. So when it went through, no one bothered to take a look at where the line of scrimmage was.
"You know it was a Bonzai, hurray up situation," said Schiano. "Probably like 53 or 54."
"I don't know how far that one was," said Dimke. "It was good. The ball flies down here in Florida really well."
It's a perfect finish to practice heading into their first break of camp. The Bucs are off on Tuesday.
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