The North Carolina Central product, who impressed scouts with a 4.47-second 40-yard dash at the Combine, also brings some kickoff return experience from his four college seasons. Smith logged 394 yards, including a 95-yard touchdown, on 14 returns over that span, and could solidify his chances for a roster spot by demonstrating some special-teams acumen.
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 training camp.
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 feature four players with considerable pass-rushing acumen on the field on throwing downs.
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."
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.