The Morning Report — Simms blog

BucsBlitz.com is at Buccaneers practice on Tuesday morning to keep tabs on QB Chris Simms and his possible health problems.

We're at the practice field

Time: 8:20 a.m.

BucsBlitz.com Buccaneers expert Matthew Postins is at the practice field at Disney's Wide World of Sports waiting to see if Chris Simms will come out to practice today.

We'll keep you updated throughout the morning.

McCown arrives

Time: 8:25 a.m.

Luke McCown is the first quarterback to arrive to the practice field.

Simms arrives

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Right after Bruce Gradkowski walked out of the locker room with a smile, Chris Simms was close behind him, walking with a Buccaneers PR person. He seemed to be in good spirits.

Simms walked to the practice field and then spent a couple of minutes talking to center Dan Buenning and a team employee.

Snap exchange drill

Time: 8:38 a.m.

Simms and the rest of the quarterbacks are doing snap-exchange drills with the centers. Jeff Garcia was the last QB to arrive.

Some light throwing should be next, followed by stretching.

Pat and Gos

Time: 8:44 a.m.

The quarterbacks are now throwing their "pat and gos," which are basically 15-yard fades designed to warm up the quarterback's arm. Simms threw nine passes before the horn sounded for stretching.

He didn't appear to be in any discomfort, but, again, this is light passing and it's hard to judge from the sideline. We'll keep track as the drills continue.

Sled drill

Time: 8:52 a.m.

All four QBs work in center-exchange simulations during the O-Line's sled drill. Simms took one snap.

Just for the record, center-guard Matt Lehr botched an exchange with Jeff Garcia. There is more than just Simms going on you know.

Is this encouraging?

Time: 9 a.m.

During handoff drills with the running backs, Simms actually lined up and went in motion to simulate a tight end. He went out into the flat and caught a pass from Luke McCown.

This doesn't dispel anything, but I think in a way it's encouraging. If he had this proprioception, he might not have been able to do that.

The final tally

Time: 9:04 a.m.

The final report from the handoffs drill for Simms? Four snaps, three receptions.

The next period

Time: 9:12 a.m.

While McCown and Gradkowski throw passes in the middle of the field, Garcia and Simms are working in goal-line run drills with a simulated defense. Garcia took several snaps, and now Simms is taking his first snap in the drill.

On his second snap, Simms actually dropped back to throw his first pass of the day in a simulated situation and threw it into the ground to Alex Smith, who was running a route in the flat. The ball landed on Smith's shoes.

Garcia took the next snap. Then Garcia and Gradkowski switched places. Simms is still with the backs and the O-line.

Not a single rep

Time: 9:25 a.m.

The Bucs spent 10 minutes in a passing drill and Simms didn't take a single rep. Garcia and McCown got plenty early, and Gradkowski got some late. But Simms was a bystander during the entire drill.

9-on-9

Time: 9:35 a.m.

The Bucs went into 9-on-9 drills, which involves QBs, RBs, OLs and TEs. The wide receivers and the quarterbacks rotating in and out were on an adjacent field.

Simms took seven snaps in this drill, but six were handoffs or pitches. He threw one pass, a play action fake and rollout to his left, but the pass was just a dump off to Smith.

It's important to note that he didn't rotate into the passing work that was going on at the adjacent field.

That's twice now he hasn't rotated into passing drills. The case for a sore arm is getting some traction.

The tally so far

Time: 9:45 a.m.

We're at the cool down period. So far, Simms has thrown nine pat and gos, taken one rep in the sled drill with no throw, and caught three passes and took four snaps (no throws in a phantom goal line drill. Then, he took three snaps — throwing two passes — in another goal line drill, this time with simulated interior defense. Both were incomplete — one went into the ground and one was dropped. During phantom passing drills he took no reps. In 9-on-9 he took seven snaps — five handoffs, one pitch and one dump off rollout pass to Smith. And, in the just-finished goal line running drills, he took no snaps.

I'm most interested to see 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 coming up.

7-on-7

Time: 10:10 a.m.

We're more than halfway through the 7-on-7 and Simms has yet to take a passing rep. But I just watched Gradkowski whiff on a pass, which was quite amusing. At least Simms thought so. I saw a smile on his face.

But no reps. Not a one.

Getting close to the end

Time: 10:25 a.m.

We're midway through the 11-on-11 period and Simms is still a bystander.

So that's three legitimate throwing reps so far today? And he doesn't have a sore arm? C'mon.

Of course, we need to hear from Simms himself, and we're all hoping he'll talk after the morning workout to clue us in on what exactly is going one. My hunch is he'll confirm that there's something going on with his arm. You don't lose this many reps two straight days in camp unless you're going to lose your job.

Oh, wait? Could it be Simms has simply dropped down the mythical depth chart?

Stay tuned.

Simms' first words

Time: 10:37 a.m.

Chris Simms just said he had no heard of proprioception before yesterday, ‘But I've learned a lot of about it in the last 24 hours.'

He said his arm is sore and he still doesn't quite feel like himself, but he said not to make a big deal out of it.

‘It's not crazy sore," Simms said.

I'll have a complete story up on the site soon.


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