Bucs draw spirited crowd for RayJay practice
The Bucs had a spirited open practice at Raymond James Stadium last night before a crowd that filled much of the stadium’s lower bowl.
As it turned out, the fireworks display after the practice was preceded by fireworks of another sort.
Coaches tailored the practice to play to the crowd, including, among other things, one-on-one longball matchups between receivers and cornerbacks, a head-to-head Oklahoma drill and a skills competition that required quarterbacks to hit moving targets at varying distances. DT Gerald McCoy, an Oklahoma native and a former Sooner, ironically didn't fare so well in the drill. G Jeremy Zuttah got the jump on him an drove him to the ground.
But the evening’s highlight was probably the goal-line period, during the offense dominated. After a first attempt from the 2-yard line in which Josh Freeman threw incomplete to DT turned FB Roy Miller, the unit punched it in five consecutive times.
FB Earnest Graham scored twice, once via a leap over the top, and QB Josh Johnson scored on a bootleg run on the sixth attempt.
Another offensive highlight came on Reggie Brown’s deep reception to set up a touchdown in a full-squad, two-minute drill – a play that seemed to take advantage of a blown coverage.
It was just a sampling of what was a banner night for the offense, which performed well throughout.
“It was a really exciting great time,” coach Raheem Morris said. “The offense had a great goal line period. They had a couple good one-on-one periods. The offense really came to play. I was really proud of them.”