QBs take step back, LB Black rushes, K2 and the heat
It was not a good practice for the quarterbacks Sunday.
Fresh off a pretty decent performance at Raymond James Stadium Saturday night, Byron Leftwich, Luke McCown and Josh Freeman struggled a bit.
Both began pretty well in the 7-on-7 drill, with Leftwich hitting WR Antonio Bryant on a back shoulder pass along the sideline over CB Aqib Talib. McCown lofted a long touchdown pass to Kelly Campbell, who beat CB Torrie Cox and S Will Allen on the play.
But during 11-on-11 team work, things got worse in a hurry. Freeman was intercepted when, according to Raheem Morris, the intended receiver (Brian Clark) ran the wrong route, resulting in a pick six by S Donte Nicholson.
Toward the end of practice, DT Ryan Sims was in on a pair of sacks of Leftwich and Gaines Adams had another pressure of McCown.
"Today, our offensive tempo I thought was not up to par,'' Morris said. "I didn't like it at all. I didn't like it coming out of the huddle, I didn't like it coming off the ball up front, I didn't the procedure from quarterbacks to their team. Nothing.
"It's more than likely coming from the high of last night. You come from a stadium where it's got a lot of people there screaming, you've got music going, you've got every media person in Tampa...it's a pretty exciting atmosphere. And then you come to practice and just practice. It doesn't matter where you are, you've got to perform the same way.''
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LB Quincy Black is being put in situations where he can rush the quarterback, either in blitz situations or as a defensive end.
"Quincy Black is one of those hybrid guys, man,'' Morris said. "I don't know if you've noticed, but we've got him a little bit at a rush end. He does that in certain situations. He's big enough, he's fast enough and he creates a problem for certain tackles and creates a problem for people trying to block him. We've got him coming through with some linebacker stuff as far as blitzes. When he comes, he's a big, violent, physical human being. The kind of guys you like. He's kind of one of those 3-4 hybrid guys and you can use him in any situation.''
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TE Kellen Winslow, Jr., the former Miami star who spent his first five seasons in Cleveland, is re-adjusting to the heat and humidity.
"You know, I haven't been there (Miami) in six years, so it is a rude awakening but I'm going to get used to it,'' Winslow said.
"When I was in Miami, in the fourth quarter, the other team was dying. That is when we would beat them up. Right now, I am dying and I'm trying to get used to it.''
Said Morris, "I see his mouth open a little bit. That superior athlete running around in shorts is getting a little tired in pads. That's good. That's good. We've got to embrace it. He's got to get back to his U (University of Miami) form when he was down playing in it all the time. He went up there up to Cleveland and he got fat. Not literally, but he got fat.''