Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Results mixed as Bucs offense practices pressure situations
TAMPA - Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano challenged the offense during the fifth day of camp workouts Wednesday, adding third down and two-minute drills to the package of plays. The results were a mixed bag. Rookie running back Doug Martin fumbled and quarterback Josh Freeman threw an interception, but the unit finished strong when Freeman found Mike Williams in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown in the final 11-on-11, two-minute drill. Williams twisted to make the catch off his back shoulder against tight coverage. He and Freeman celebrated with an enthusiastic chest bump after the play."That last play, that's an NFL play in the two-minute drill there, and that's what we need to be able to do,'' Schiano said. "(Williams) needs to do that in practice and he needs to do it in a game.'' A couple of players returned from injuries as defensive tackle Gary Gibson and defensive back Derek Roberson came back. Offensive tackle Mike Ingersoll, however, went down late with a leg injury. Defensive end Michael Bennett left the field near the end of practice, as well, but Schiano wasn't sure if it was because of heat-related problems or a more serious injury. Among the players who stood out Wednesday were defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who had two run stuffs during 11-on-11 work, and rookie linebacker Lavonte David, who intercepted Freeman. "It wasn't as sharp a workout as we'd like, but again there was a new variable going in today on offense,'' Schiano said."But I don't care what's going in or what variables you have, the ball cannot be on the ground, so we have to get that corrected.''