The Bucs conducted their first padded practice Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium and turned right around with a padded practice Sunday morning that lasted a little over 90 minutes.
The practice, which was closed to the public, included positional drills, 7-on-7s, 11-on-11s, and some teach periods sprinkled in, where players lined up in formations but executed them at a slower speed with no contact.
It was capped off with both Josh Freeman and Mike Glennon each running the two-minute offense during the last 15 minutes of practice with artificial crowd-noise being pumped through the speakers.
Coach Schiano said there’s been added emphasis on the two-minute this year.
“A horseback-observation was ‘we did that job at Carolina to win the game and we’ve got two-minute offense,’ but we weren’t really good in two minute offense. And so many games come down to that. It’s got to be a huge area of improvement.”
The team rehearsed 20 different two-minute situations this spring, not just for the benefit of the offense but the defense too. He said it will continue throughout camp.
“We need to be better on two-minute defense. We need to coach better, we need to play better — everything needs to be better.”
Night Practice Observations
Upon further review, Schiano summed up Saturday’s night practice with — “Really good effort. Really bad execution.” He said players had a lot of assignment errors, although he fully expected it in just the team’s third practice.
They’ve installed 95% of their first, second, and third-down defense, but Schiano threw a bit of a curveball yesterday by having the team run plays they are less familiar with, using it as a teaching exercise.
“There was stuff yesterday that we ran, that if we walk through it, we walk through it minimally. And they ran it. So when they get it on tape, they say, “Oh, okay. So sometimes it’s good to put the fire there, so when you’re going through it the next time, there’s a heightened awareness.”
Slot Receiver Competition
When asked about Kevin Ogletree and the third receiver position, Schiano was quick to point out that Tiquan Underwood is very much in the mix.
“[Ogletree] has an opportunity to play a big part. But if I’m Tiquan Underwood, I’m saying, ‘This opportunity is mine.’ So what we have is a great competition for that third receiver position.”
“I think that Ogletree has a lot of talent, he’s fast, he’s a good route runner, professional — so he has a great chance to win that job. But that description is very similar to if you would have asked me about Tiquan. That’s what’s going to make it such a great competition.”
It appears Ogletree has the edge as he was getting most of the work with the one’s.
It should be noted that Vincent Jackson also worked out of the slot on a couple of occasions.
Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks both sat out practice, which gave an opportunity for Ted Larsen and Jamon Meredith to get in some work with the one’s.
Meredith returned to action last night after missing practice this week due to an undisclosed family situation.
Safety Ahmad Black, who twisted his ankle Saturday night, dressed Sunday but did not practice. Schiano said he doesn’t believe Black’s injury is serious.
Fifth-round draft pick Steven Means tweaked his Achilles as was on the sideline today for practice.