It was quite the jolt for Bucs fans last night. Earlier than usual, the Buccaneers hosted their annual night practice in front of an estimated 33,000 people.
With this being the earliest the Bucs have ever held the annual night practice, this was also the first time this training camp that the players have put the pads on.
“It’s tough,” Mason Foster said after practice of putting on the pads for the first time this season at the night practice. “It’s a good way to knock the rust off real fast. It’s the first day and I felt it was a good day.”
TAMPA BAY’S PLAYS OF THE DAY
• The night practice featured a quarterback competition which asked the signal callers to throw three balls at a moving target. Adam Webber and Josh Freeman each hit one target, while Dan Orlovsky hit two targets and rookie Mike Glennon hit all three.
• During 11-on-11 drills, cornerback Leonard Johnson made a tremendous diving play to prevent a touchdown pass intended for Vincent Jackson. Jackson initially beat Johnson but the former Iowa State standout recovered well and laid out to deflect the pass.
• Rookie cornerback Johnthan Banks deflected a deep pass intended for Vincent Jackson on a post route during an 11-on-11 rep. Banks used every inch of his 6-foot-2 frame to leap in the air and knock the ball away from the 6-foot-5 Jackson.
• Former Rutgers running back Brian Leonard scored a 30-yard touchdown on a well-blocked running play to the left side. Leonard had plenty of running room and sped past members of the secondary on his way in for the score.
Listen to The Commish’s interview with Bucs MLB Mason Foster following practice.