Saturday, May 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs offense shines under lights at Raymond James Stadium

TAMPA — QB Mike Glennon said Friday "had the feel of a gameday" as nearly 15,000 fans came to Raymond James Stadium for the Bucs' first and only night practice of training camp.

And coach Lovie Smith was pleased with how his offense executed in game-like situations near the end, with Glennon and QB Josh McCown leading their units to winning field goals in the two-minute drill.

"It's about scoring points, I love what the offense was able to do," Smith said. "Most games come down to that two-minute drill at the end of the game. Josh and Mike did a great job."

Glennon hit WR Chris Owusu with a few seconds left to set up a 42-yard field goal by K Patrick Murray; K Connor Barth hit a 34-yarder for the first team; Glennon had a deep pass over the top to Owusu for a 74-yard touchdown.

"Chris is really fast," Glennon said. "I put it out there and he made a play on it. He's going to be a big-time player in the NFL."

Big plans: The Bucs will be off today, but a large contingent, including Smith, will travel to Canton, Ohio, for LB Derrick Brooks induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "All week I've been thinking about Derrick going in," Smith said. "It's a special day for him. Who deserves to be in the Hall more than him? We can't wait to get there."

Best play: RB Mike James showed his versatility, taking a pitch from McCown and throwing a 17-yard touchdown to WR Vincent Jackson. James tossed a touchdown against the Seahawks last season. "I enjoyed it," he said. "All the credit goes to (Jackson). I just put the ball where it needed to be."

Early praise: The Bucs wrapped up their first week of camp, and GM Jason Licht said several players stood out. DE Da'Quan Bowers has stepped up, WR Tommy Streeter has been a pleasant surprise. Licht said LBs Brandon Magee and Jeremy Grable have looked good. "They're Lovie's type of guys," Licht said. "They play fast, athletic and aggressive." Of S Bradley McDougald, a second-year pro from Kansas, Licht said, "He's playing fast. He's been a guy that's opened everybody's eyes."

Tough crowd: WR Eric Page was the go-to return man for both kickoffs and punts in his rookie season, but this year he faces competition, including RBs Jeff Demps and Charles Sims and WRs Owusu and Solomon Patton.

"Well, last year I had competition, also. There's always competition in the NFL," Page said. "But I'm just looking forward to the season. That was my goal last year, to be here when the season started, and it's the same goal this year."

Medical matters: C Evan Dietrich-Smith sat out practice, with Smith saying he got his foot stepped on but should be back soon. CBs Alterraun Verner (hamstring), Mike Jenkins (leg) and Rashaan Melvin (ankle) continued to be sidelined. S Dashon Goldson (foot) also sat out.

Contact Joe Smith at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @TBTimes_JSmith.

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