Postscripts — June 19 mini-camp noon blog

The Postscripts Blog reports from Tuesday afternoon's mini-camp practice on the rotation at defensive end, the continued rustiness of a backup quarterback and the lack of conversation with a certain defensive end.

The Postscripts mini-camp blog continues with an insider's look at the afternoon workout on Tuesday:

The Buccaneers like to mix and match during mini-camp, and the afternoon workout on defense was no exception. In the first 11-on-11 drill, free-agent acquisition Patrick Chukwurah worked out at right defensive end. He's built like a linebacker (6-1, 250), but the Bucs see him as a possible pass-rusher on the line in obvious situations. He looked as if he had a pretty good first step going up against LT Luke Petitgout.

Rookie Gaines Adams switched off with Chukwurah and batted down one of Chris Simms' short passes to an outlet receiver.

Meanwhile, Kevin Carter saw a lot of time at left end, at the expense of incumbent Greg Spires. I wonder if Spires feels as if he's on his way to a seat on the bench this season.

Speaking of Simms, more of the same in the afternoon. His inconsistency in putting the ball in the proper place for receivers is an obvious consequence of his rusty fundamentals. He threw a couple of passes behind receivers, and even put one in the ground. WR Paris Warren didn't help him, though, dropping two solid, catchable passes from Simms.

But when you look at Jeff Garcia, the chasm between the two is obvious. Garcia is hitting receivers in stride and making even difficult passes look routine. Garcia connected with Ike Hilliard on a 15-yard out, with two defensive backs around Hilliard. Garcia just lofted it in there with enough room for Hilliard to get both feet down.

Practice squad receiver Chas Gessner burned backup cornerback Torrie Cox during an 11-on-11 drill. Gessner got inside position on a slant and Cox never had a chance to defend the pass. Gessner was well on his way to a touchdown by the time Cox recovered. The 5-foot-10 Cox is always going to be at a disadvantage on those kinds of routes because he's not very physical at the line of scrimmage.

Among the players that participated in 11-on-11 work this afternoon that didn't in the morning were Petitgout and LB Derrick Brooks. WR Joey Galloway, who participated in the morning, took the afternoon off, which is his usual training camp regimen to keep his hamstrings from acting up.

More from SalPal. I listened in on his stand-up for SportsCenter tonight and he said his sources told him that there was "no chance" Jake Plummer would play for Tampa Bay. Foregone, meet conclusion.

Rookie corner Tanard Jackson — who will also be a candidate at safety — made a nice play to break up a possible touchdown pass from Garcia to Maurice Stovall toward the end of the final 11-on-11 session.

And DE Simeon Rice ended the day just as he started it — leaving the field. As practice ended, Rice finished his conditioning, walked off the field and into the locker room without saying a word to a media throng that was obviously waiting on him.

Also sitting out were TE T.J. Williams, who didn't work out in the morning, either. G Arron Sears, who head coach Jon Gruden said had some "minor issues" Tuesday morning, did not work out, either.

Quotable: "Whatever he wants to do, he can come over here and sit the bench, too." QB Jeff Garcia, on Jake Plummer, who is "retired" but on the Bucs' roster or in camp this week.

Click on this link to check out the morning Postscripts practice blog: http://buccaneers.scout.com/2/652918.html


Matthew Postins covers the Buccaneers for BucsBlitz.com and the Charlotte Sun-Herald in Port Charlotte, Fla. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers Association. Included among his more than two dozen writing and editing awards are national awards from the PFWA, the National Newspaper Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors, and state awards from the Florida Press Club and the Florida Sports Writers Association, for his coverage of the Buccaneers since 2004.


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