The weather surrounding Tampa Bay has gotten the best of the Buccaneers and their training camp schedule. But as the rain scaled back, it was the defense that got the best of the offense during Day 3 of training camp.
The defense forced rookie quarterback Jameis Winston into throwing several interceptions and the secondary blanketed receivers. The defensive players have talked about applying pressure as well as rattle their young signal caller and they did so often throughout practice.
“Our goal is to get Jameis ready. We’re doing a lot of things we normally don’t do this early defensively,” head coach Lovie Smith said following Monday’s practice. “The blitz period is where he had his most trouble and that’s how it should be for a young quarterback.”
And that’s how it was. Winston threw three interceptions during practice. While many view that as a negative, it’s refreshing to know the defense was swarming to the football.
“I’m always talking about taking the ball away. We were able to do that quite a bit today. So that’s good,” Smith added.
It was also good for linebacker Lavonte David, who said it was nice to finally put the pads on and hit.
“I’ve got a chance to get back on the field, put some pads on, thump a little bit, since I haven’t been thumping since December or whatever,” David said. “But I’m feeling real good today.”
Buccaneers will resume with their training camp schedule Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. Unless the weather is once again uncooperative, that practice is open to the public.