While Jameis sings, Bucs handle audible well with indoor practice at the Trop
As Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston serenaded his teammates with 'Take Me Out to the Ballgame' in warmups, it was obvious something was going to be different about Monday's practice.
Thunderstorms which dumped a lot of rain on the practice fields at One Buc Place forced the team to hold a closed practice at Tropicana Field. Aside from not wearing pads as planned and a little post-play dustup with the offensive line by defensive end Robert Ayers, coach Dirk Koetter was pleased the way the Bucs handled the audible.
“They did fine. They did a good job on that,'' Koetter said. "It’s a change of environment. Different. Adjust and improvise. That’s what we do. There’s not many options on a day like today. We did fine. We’ll see what the tape looks like here in a little bit. We got our work in. That’s all we could do.''
With the forecast calling for similar conditions, Koetter said it's likley the Bucs may have to return to the Trop on Tuesday, but no decision has been reached.
“I’d say there’s a good chance. If the weather men are right, I’d say there’s a decent chance we’ll be going back there tomorrow,'' Koetter said. "But we’ll play it by ear. These fields drain fast.''
Two Bucs players were slightly injured Monday as a result of the hard turf. Running back Charles Sims received some treatment on his ankle and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had ice on his hip after falling hard following a catch in a red zone drill. Koetter said neither injury was serious enough to keep them from practice Tuesday.
“We did have pads scheduled for today and tomorrow, but I just didn’t think with going over to the Trop and the way it was going to be set up with the fields on the turf and not having the lines, all that kind of stuff, I just thought it would be better if we went in shells,'' Koetter said. "That automatically makes those guys back off a little bit and I wanted to keep those guys off the ground so we weren’t hitting the turf. But we got all our reps.''
Defensive end Robert Ayers was involved in a little post-play altercation with the Bucs offensive line following a deep competion from Winston to Mike Evans. Ayers said he is looking forward to Thursday's preseason opener at Philly.
"It's an opporunity to come out and take out our frustration on another team,'' Ayers said. "They got a lot of talent over there. Their expectations are high. Ours is high, too.
"Now, when you win your rush, you don't have to slow off...you get an opportunity to go against some guys that don't have that filter, that level of taking care of each other. There's no more of that. It's no holds barred. They're seeking blood and so are we. It's going to be a good challenge and we're looking forward to it.''