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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Training Camp Report: Day 6

July 31st, 2014 at 9:17 PM
By Michael Compton

Following a day off on Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers returned to the practice field at One Buc Place Wednesday and Thursday.

During Thursday’s session, which was open to the public, the defense had its share of strong moments. Led by Lavonte David and Michael Johnson, the defense kept backup quarterback Mike Glennon off balance for much of the red zone drill.

[Michael Compton photo/Buccaneers in red zone drill at training camp]

On offense, running backs Doug Martin and rookie Chris Sims struggled to get past a swarming defensive front, but both flashed sharp acceleration in space.

Wide receiver Vincent Jackson appears to be developing a healthy chemistry with starting quarterback Josh McCown. Jackson has been the go-to receiver for McCown during red zone drills. If practice is any indication, it looks as if they will become a productive pass combination this season.

“They have to have good chemistry,” head coach Smith said in the Tampa Tribune. “Vincent is our No. 1 receiver. We’re banking on him making a lot of plays. Chemistry or whatever you want to call it between he and Josh has to be good. Vince is a playmaker. When you get down there, you’ve got to get the ball in your playmaker’s hands.”

Tempers flared during Wednesday’s session. At the center of one of the skirmishes was center Evan Dietrich-Smith, who got into it with defensive tackle Matthew Masifilo after the whistle during an 11-on-11 drill.

“Every day at practice you see something different,” Smith said. “The longer it goes, the more chippy it gets here and there. We had a few scuffles. I tell the guys: ‘You don’t want to fight because in the game, they throw you out of the game, and that’s not good. We’re getting ready for the season, and we want it to be as game-like as possible. But if you do feel like you just have to mix it up with a guy, fight him the way you would fight your brother. No cheap shots or anything like that. And after that, you’ve got to get in for the next play while you’re tired.”

The Bucs continue training camp with a night practice at Raymond James Stadium tomorrow, Aug. 1, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

"We're continuing to get good work," Smith said in his daily presser following Thursday's practice. "Looking forward to tomorrow night. It's one thing to practice on the practice field, but when you go to the stadium it's a different feel. Our players are excited about getting a feel for Raymond James Stadium. Of course, a lot of them, this will be their first time out there."

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