Sunday, April 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs kicker Dimke ends drill with a bang

A "banzai" kick

K Derek Dimke said Monday's tying 54-yard field goal as time expired during the two-minute drill might have been the longest of his career. For a practice kick, it was pretty dramatic. WR Mike Williams made a diving catch over the middle to set it up, but with no time outs, Dimke had to rush onto the field and beat the clock. "It was banzai," Dimke said. "I was just running. (P Chas Henry) was slapping me because we were too close to the snap. It makes it easier not having to think about it." Dimke, who went undrafted out of Illinois in 2012, had a career long of 52 yards his junior year. "The ball flies down here in Florida really well," Dimke said. "It's a little bit different than kicking in cold Illinois."

Catching on

WR Chris Owusu continued his impressive camp with a few more nice catches, including a couple during the two-minute drill. Owusu, a second-year pro out of Stanford, has good size (6 feet 2, 200 pounds) and speed. He went undrafted in 2012, perhaps partly because of concerns over concussions suffered in college, but the Bucs picked him up in September, and coach Greg Schiano said he looks much better this year. "I'm trying to go out there and make the most of my opportunities," Owusu said.

Keep an eye on

CB Rashaan Melvin was one of the most coveted undrafted free agents when the Bucs signed him out of Northern Illinois. With Darrelle Revis limited to some individual and defensive drills, there has been no shortage of repetitions available at left cornerback. Melvin has responded to the opportunity and should see a lot of playing time in the preseason. On Monday, he had a few breakups on passes intended for Mike Williams. "He's still a rookie and let's see him when he gets into a game against another colored jersey," Schiano said. "But so far all I can judge him on is what he's done here and I think he's shown some good stuff."

Joe Smith and Rick Stroud, Times staff writers

Training camp

Where: One Buc Place, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (just east of Raymond James Stadium) in Tampa

Admission: Free

Gates open: 7:45 a.m.

Public practices

Today: None

Wednesday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Thursday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Friday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Saturday: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Aug. 6: 8:45-11:30 a.m.

Aug. 10: 10:10 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Preseason games

Aug. 8: Ravens, 7:30, Ch. 8

Aug. 16: at Patriots, 8, Ch. 13

Aug. 24: at Dolphins, 7:30, Ch. 8

Aug. 29: Redskins, 7:30, Ch. 8

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