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Bucs journal: Bruce Arians’ two-field strategy a go even with the rain

Despite being forced indoors, the Bucs still put plenty of players on tape on the first day of full-squad practices.
Bucs coach Bruce Arians, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and general manager Jason Licht talk during organized team activities on Tuesday. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Bucs coach Bruce Arians, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and general manager Jason Licht talk during organized team activities on Tuesday. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Published May 14, 2019

TAMPA — One promise coach Bruce Arians made when he was hired was that he and his staff would do its part to find those diamond-in-the-rough players who might currently be buried on the team’s depth chart.

Arians said then that he planned to have two practice fields working during organized team activities — one for the starters and veterans, and the other for players who normally might not see enough practice snaps to get evaluated adequately.

Even though storms forced Tuesday’s first offseason full-squad workout into the indoor training facility, Arians was able to run two practices on the one indoor field, splitting it at the 50-yard line.

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"There's no problems," Arians said. "You just shorten the field and if you have 45 yards you can get everything done in here."

One person who could benefit from the system is fourth-year player Noah Spence, who is transitioning from defensive end to outside linebacker in the Bucs’ new 3-4 scheme. Despite his second-round pedigree, Spence rarely found his way onto the field and didn’t see many practice snaps outside of special-teams reps.

With Jason Pierre-Paul out for at least the next five to six months with a neck injury suffered in a car accident, the Bucs will need to see more of Spence.

"He's got a great opportunity right now, to get on tape and get as many snaps," Arians said. "Noah looked really good out there today."

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Perriman ready for big plays

The Bucs signed wide receiver Breshad Perriman in the offseason to provide another potential deep threat, and Perriman was excited about his initial impression of the offense.

“Big plays ― simple, cold-cut, big plays all around, run-game and pass-game," Perriman said. "You can just see from being out there, he is going to take his shots and it’s just a great offense to be a part of.”

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Jameis Winston and Perriman couldn’t connect on one deep ball during Tuesday’s practice, Winston’s pass landing just out of Perriman’s reach, but Arians expects the two to connect many times downfield with time.

“It looks really good right now,” Arians said. "BP slowed down on the one he lost up there in the ceiling and that was a great throw and a great read.... You love seeing those things because you know they’re going to start connecting in the other practices. Yeah, that’s going to be a heck of a combination.”

Contact Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@tampabay.com. Follow @EddieInTheYard.

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