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Bucs rookie mini-camp notes from Day 1

The Bucs kicked off their rookie mini-camp Friday at One Buc Place. Rookies and tryout players hit the field to practice under the watchful eyes of the Buccaneers’ coaching staff Friday afternoon. 

Some players stood out while others hope to perform much better later on this weekend. Below are some notable moments from today’s practice.

Quarterback Brett Smith

Had some problems throughout the practice hitting his receivers, lots of high throws and under-threw Patton and Herron deep routes along the sidelines.

Smith struggled in play action drills, unable to find his target off the fake hand-offs.

During 7-on-7′s, Smith completed some passes. Credit to receivers Mike Evans and Aaron Burks coming down with some high throws.

Wide Receiver Mike Evans

Evans is used to making leaping grabs. (TBC Photo)

Evans is used to making leaping grabs. (TBC Photo)

Evans is definitely as advertised after just the first day – hauling in every single pass thrown his way.

He beat cornerback Keith Lewis on an inside route that left Lewis trailing him several yards.

Evans’ speed showed his speed as he beat cornerback Chris parks off the snap.

The catch her around the practice fields. Evans made a one-handed, leaping grab on what appeared to be an overthrow by Brett Smith. Evans made it look easy on what may have been an intermediate inside post. Evans showed no care for any defenders that may have been near.

His leadership quality showed has he gave pats on the helmets of his defenders after plays and on the sidelines.

Wide Receivers Robert Herron and Solomon Patton

Both showed lots of quickness and speed.

The two began exclusive time fielding punts. Herron appeared to get the best of Patton in this department but both struggled due to the windy conditions.

Herron showed great route running and making guys miss right off of a catch and seemed to have caught nearly everything thrown his way.

Patton did well running routes, but didn’t appear to haul in as many passes as Herron.

Punter Kirby Van Der Kamp

Van Der Kamp showed great hang time on his punts.

Had a great spin and good direction as he fought off the wind.

Had just one punt go off the side of his foot.

Other Notes

Second-rounder Austin Seferian-Jenkins observed almost all of the practice due to being held out from a fractured foot. However, he nor the Bucs are concerned.

USF cornerback Brandon Salinas displayed good man cover skills while covering Herron and Patton. The two had some difficulty breaking routes.

Rutgers linebacker Damaso Munoz acted as the mike linebacker during defensive drills.

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