TAMPA, FL – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers her day 11 of their 2022 training camp today as the sun was kind and the humidity was kinder to the men on the field.
Tampa went through their usual workouts, and showed patience with receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin as they work their way back from injuries from last season.
Head Coach Todd Bowles spoke about it during media availability.
“He doesn’t have to be ready. We want him for the long haul.” Said Bowles about receiver Chris Godwin.”We don’t want him running around, looking good and then getting hurt. We’re going through all the protocols and doing all the little things for him, and it’s good to see him in pads, but he’s got some tests to pass and some ways to go. We’re not rushing him by no means. We just want him healthy for the long haul. Once we get down the road and make that determination, we’ll go from there. But there’s not a fast way to have him ready for the season…The trainers and the strength coach will let us know when that determines. It all depends on how he feels after practice and after lifting and everything. If he keeps feeling good, it will progress to that. I can’t give you an exact date, but we’ll know when they say something.””
Godwin wasmore involved in practice today, taking part in drills, running routs, and even action during simulated drives. He continued to work separately at time, running routes and getting his reps in.
Receiver Mike Evans caught balls from Brady from 45, 50, and 60 yards during practice. Bray also spend some time talking wit new tight end Kyle Rudolph during this session in between throws. He threw a few out patterns with Rudolph as well as they work on their chemistry before the upcomping season.
The battle in the offensive line at the left guard position continues with the spot opening up with the retirement of Pro Bowl left guard Ali Marpet. Veteran Aaron Stinnie has taken first-team reps throughout camp, along with Nick Leverett and first-year player Brandon Walton. Second-round pick Luke Goedeke has primarily worked with the second-team.
Coach Bowles want to see more as the amount of reps isn’t enough to see what they’re looking at this far in camp.
“Well, right after Indy we should know,” Bowles described on the timeline. “We should know. We’ve got to give those guys a chance to compete and play. To put them two or three plays at a time doesn’t build the continuity, so we’ve got to stick him in with the first group and let them go; stick the next guy in at another time, let him go; stick the next guy in at another time and let him go. We’ll make our decision then, but we’ve got to build some continuity. Can’t say he’s getting three [snaps], he’s getting four – it’s not going to go with the offensive line. I would say around Indianapolis.”
Bowles also spoke about new Bucs receiver Julio Joes. He’s pleased with the amount of work his has put in as well as how he looks, even thought he didn’t work with them in ht off season.
The Bucs are preparing to work out with the Miami Dolphins for the rest of the week at One But Place before opening their 2022 Preseason on Saturday at Raymond James Stadium at 7pm.