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Buccaneers' J.R. Sweezy: Feels return to practice is imminent
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
Sweezy (undisclosed) feels he is close to making a return to the practice field from the active/PUP list, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "I will say that I am close. Just getting better every day," he said. "It's all good. I'm ready to get out there and get the reps. I want to start getting reps and play football again."

One of the Bucs' key offseason acquisitions, Sweezy has yet to practice with his teammates after undergoing what has only been acknowledged as an undisclosed "procedure". While rumors have swirled that his back is the source of the problem, there has been no official confirmation from the team or player. Third-year pro Kevin Pamphile has been working in Sweezy's stead as the first-team left guard throughout the offseason, and the same has held true over the first two practices of camp.


Buccaneers' Robert Ayers: Used in multiple spots on D-line in Friday practice
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
Ayers, a prize free-agent acquistion this offseason, was deployed in multiple roles on the defensive line in Friday's practice, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

Kania reports that Ayers primarily slotted in his customary starting right defensive end spot during Friday's session, but also moved inside next to Gerald McCoy in a special pass-rush package. That personnel grouping also featured Noah Spence and Jacquies Smith as the defensive ends, a scheme that would offer substantial pass-rush potential.


Buccaneers' Keith Tandy: Makes defensive play of the day in Friday's practice
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
Tandy turned in what head coach Dirk Koetter called the "play of the day" with a spectacular pass deflection Friday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The fifth-year defensive back, currently slotted behind Bradley McDougald on the strong safety depth chart, knocked down a Mike Glennon deep pass intended for Adam Humphries. The latter had gotten wide open on a double move on cornerback Johnthan Banks, but Tandy was able to get on his horse and hustle over from the middle of the field to deflect the ball. "That was a great play by Tandy," Koetter said. "That ball was about 50 yards down the field. For Tandy to show that range, that's unusual for an NFL safety to overlap and make that play so that was a really nice play."


Buccaneers' Gerald McCoy: Applies constant pressure during Friday practice
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
McCoy was nearly unblockable during Friday's non-padded practice, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The All-Pro defensive tackle was a handful for whoever was in front of him in Friday's session. McCoy was able to put pressure on the quarterback on numerous plays, and Kania estimates that he would have picked up a sack on at least three of them if there would have been live action. While the practice conditions serve to temper the enthusiasm to an extent, McCoy's strong showing is certainly an encouraging sign early in camp.


Vikings' Adrian Peterson: Limited with undisclosed injury
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
Peterson did not fully participate in training camp Friday due to an undisclosed injury, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "He tweaked himself a little bit in the offseason. He's going to be fine," said head coach Mike Zimmer. "He did the conditioning test today. We're just being careful with him."

Peterson was able to run light sprints and participated in walk-through of a play on offense, so the injury doesn't sound serious. Still, monitor his progress early in training ccamp.


Buccaneers' Charles Sims: Looks strong through both ground and air Friday
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
Sims turned in a strong all-around practice Friday, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The Bucs' change-of-pace back extraordinaire excelled on both the ground and through the air Friday, flashing the diverse skill set that led to his breakout campaign in 2015. Sims totaled 1,090 yards from scrimmage last season while tying for the team lead with four touchdown receptions, and looks like he's ready to build on that success in the early going of training camp. Kania reports that the third-year back looked sharp running the ball and was also heavily involved in the passing game. While Doug Martin will certainly be the bell-cow back on most weeks, Sims has already demonstrated an ability to carry a significant load when necessary.


Buccaneers' Kenny Bell: Competing for kickoff return job in addition to receiver role
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
Bell was one of the candidates for the Bucs' kickoff returner role that was mentioned by head coach Dirk Koetter following Friday's practice, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The second-year receiver looks to have plenty on his plate this summer, given that he's also one of the leading contenders for Tampa's third receiver job. Bell boasts solid college pedigree in the kickoff return area, having tallied 1,277 yards and a touchdown on 51 runbacks over four seasons at Nebraska while bringing 4.4 speed to the equation as well.


Buccaneers' Brent Grimes: Snares first interception of training camp
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
Grimes snatched his first interception of training camp Friday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Grimes went up high to make a beautiful leaping grab of a Jameis Winston deep ball. The offseason acquisition is expected to bring precisely that type of ball-hawking presence to a Bucs secondary that allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete a league-high 70 percent of their passes.


Buccaneers' Mike Evans: Excels on Day 2 of training camp
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
Evans was a frequent target of quarterback Jameis Winston in Friday's training camp practice, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The third-year receiver and Winston have been hard at work throughout the offseason with the goal of building chemistry the likes of what was seen on the practice field Friday. Kania reports that Evans hauled in "what seemed like 75 percent" of Winston's passes on the day, including a couple of deep balls. After an NFL-leading 12 drops in 2015, the Texas A & M product has vowed to significantly improve in that area in the coming season, and is off to a strong start towards the goal over the pair of training camp practices.


Dolphins' Damien Williams: Will being training camp on PUP
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
McCain (undisclosed) will start training camp on PUP, Omar Kelly and Chris Perkins of the Sun-Sentinel report.

Williams could be caught in a roster crunch as he is one of six running backs in camp and the team will likely only keep four, maybe five. With Jay Ajayi, Arian Foster and Kenyan Drake all but assured of a roster spot that leaves Williams battling with Daniel Thomas and Isiah Pead for one of the last spots. It would behoove Williams to get back on the practice field as soon as possible.


 

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