ESPN’s Jenna Laine notes the impact of QB Tom Brady is already being seen on the offense. There are still deep shots in HC Bruce Arians‘ aggressive offense but they seem to be more selective and the intermediate and screen passing game is more robust.
Several Buccaneers pass-catchers have also remarked on Brady’s accuracy. Laine notes the Patriots averaged 5.6 yards after the catch per reception from 2001-2019 which was second-best in the NFL, while Tampa Bay’s 4.52 YAC per reception was second-worst over the past five years.
Per the Athletic’s Greg Auman, Buccaneers WR Chris Godwin expressed an interest in staying in Tampa Bay beyond the final year of his rookie deal in 2020: “I think that would be really dope. Me and Mike [Evans] have grown so much over the last couple of years. … Keeping that intact would definitely be beneficial for all of us.”
However, Godwin said extensions talks “haven’t gotten too far” and his biggest focus is Week 1 against the Saints. (Auman)
Buccaneers fifth-round WR Tyler Johnson was sidelined again from practice Monday with an injury. (Auman)
Arians informed reporters Buccaneers LB Kevin Minter and OLB Anthony Nelson have secured the top backup spots at their positions. The rest will likely come down to special teams. (Auman)
Buccaneers UDFA CB Parnell Motley had two more interceptions and Arians said he’s making himself hard to ignore: “You keep making plays every single day, he’s going to get a job.” (Rick Stroud)
Buccaneers worked WR Greg Dortch, WR Shelton Gibson and WR Spencer Schnell. (Mike Jones)
Per the Athletic’s Jason Butt, Falcons HC Dan Quinn said he loves former Ravens S Earl Thomas from their shared time in Seattle but Atlanta doesn’t need a safety at this time.
Falcons fourth-round LB Mykal Walker received a ton of first-team reps in place of LB Deion Jones as Atlanta likely gave the veteran some rest. Walker has stood out during camp. (Butt)
Per the Athletic’s Joe Person, Panthers HC Matt Rhule has been impressed by S Juston Burris so far: “We signed (him) and I thought he was going to be good, but I just love his work ethic and attention to detail. He’s exactly the type of guy that I want to build this thing around. He’s tough, fast, explosive, versatile.”
Person notes Panthers LB Jermaine Carter hasn’t seized the opportunity to establish himself as a starter. Panthers second-round S Jeremy Chinn has put his versatility on display and Rhule highlighted camp signing LB Adarius Taylor: “He’s a true pro’s pro. He could start for us. He’s a really good player and fits us well.”
Panthers UDFA P Joe Charlton will still get the first crack at the starting job. But a few ugly shanks in practice prompted the team to bring in K/P Kaare Vedvik as competition.
Per NFL Media, Saints HC Sean Payton said the team decided to cut veteran LB Nigel Bradham on Monday to give reps to other, younger players: “It was a decision we made just based on what we’ve seen so far. We’re going to give some of these younger guys more work.”
The Athletic’s Jeff Duncan notes Saints first-round OL Cesar Ruiz saw significant reps at center during team drills for the first time this weekend. Either Ruiz or OL Erik McCoy will start at center with the other taking right guard.
Duncan adds it looks like third-round LB Zack Baun has locked up the starting strongside linebacker position.