TAMPA, FL - MAY 16: Head Coach Lovie Smith of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looks on during workouts during the first day of rookie minicamp on May 16, 2014 at One Buc Place in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
Mandatory mini-camp is underway for the Buccaneers, and to give Fan Interference us some insight on what has been going on, Mark Cook from Pewter Report joined the show for some news. The team is going through a tougher workout then at OTA’s because this will be the team’s final workout before the team is required to come back for training camp.
Doug Martin is someone who needs to have a bounce back year, and he told Cook that he welcomes the challenge of competing with rookie Charles Sims. Martin has been getting the majority of the reps and in practice, appears to have returned to the form he had in his rookie year.
Another spot where this team needs to decide who starts is at guard. That position hinges on the health of Carl Nicks. Some of the guys that can take the spot if Nicks cannot go would be a guy like Demar Dotson who can slide over to that slot. From what Cook observes, the team believes that they are in a better place at guard than many of the fans do. Along with that, the way that the team will play on offense, the emphasis maybe at the tackle position rather than the guard position.
Beyond the line, one of the priorities on offense will be the health of the wide out position. Vincent Jackson has come to camp much healthier then when he ended the season. Mike Evans, who the team selected with their first pick in the draft, was limited in practice, but was out on the field catching some balls.
Some teams have already lost some of their stars to injuries, and it got the guys thinking about who was the one guy the team could not afford to lose. Mark said that without question, that Gerald McCoy was the guy. In order for the defense to work the way Lovie wants it to, Gerald McCoy is going to have to be the focal point of it.