The Bucs Coaching Camp Diaries are an annual coaching camp function on PewterReport.com and we are fortunate to have two actually superior players to profile in veteran linebacker Kevin Minter, who will supply up his viewpoint of Todd Bowles’ defense, and wide receiver Scotty Miller, the Bucs’ sixth-round choose, who will take PewterReport.com readers via the trials and tribulations of rookie life in Bruce Arians’ initially coaching camp in Tampa Bay. Appear for Miller’s and Minter’s Bucs Coaching Camp Diaries twice a week all through coaching camp and the preseason.

Minter is in a one of a kind position since no other Buccaneers defender knows a lot more about Bowles’ scheme than he does, arriving in Arizona as a second-round choose out of LSU in 2013, which was the initially year that Arians and Bowles coached the Cardinals. In addition to his inside linebacker duties, Minter will serve as a coach on the field, preparing Devin White, Tampa Bay’s initially-round choose, to start out and flourish as a rookie when Minter battles for the backup middle linebacker part behind him.

Bucs basic manager Jason Licht signed Minter final year soon after Kwon Alexander went down with a knee injury, and Minter created an immediate effect on specific teams and recorded a sack against Carolina’s Cam Newton just before a calf injury forced him to the injured reserve list. Minter will be challenged by Deone Bucannon, Devante Bond, Jack Cichy and newcomers Corey Nelson and Emmanuel Smith for a single of the two reserve inside linebacker roles. The 28-year old Minter will have to prove he can as soon as once more cover kicks and punts, and make some splash plays on defense in the preseason to solidify a roster spot in 2019.

We’re Going To Be A Best five Defense

By Kevin Minter as told to Scott Reynolds

On the initially day in pads, you want to establish oneself as a player and establish oneself as a defense. Coach [Todd] Bowles stated some thing earlier right now in our meetings, “What type of defense are we going to be?” That practice summed up what he was speaking about right now. He stated to be a lot more physical than the guys in white (offense) right now, and we have been.

His mindset is to attack. Exotic defenses and exotic blitzes – I don’t forget we had 4 or 5 new blitzes that we had to study every single week. There have been distinct packages exactly where he would bring guys from all more than the field – corners, safeties and linebackers, of course. Tampa really should be excited to have a D-coordinator like that.

Bucs S Orion Stewart
Bucs S Orion Stewart – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

In Coach Bowles’ technique we blitz everyone. Everyone gets a shot at the quarterback at some point, but specially the middle linebackers and the safeties. The safeties are going to have a terrific time. Appear at some of the stuff we did with our safeties back in Arizona and the stats they place him. He’s going to be sending them all of the damn time.

Speaking of safeties, it sucked to see Orion Stewart go down with that knee injury right now. He was obtaining a actually superior camp, also. I really feel for him. They certainly picked him from the AAF and he was carrying out nicely in the OTAs. He was carrying out terrific in shorts. He and I have been operating collectively the entire time in the second defense. To see him go down like that sucks. All I can do is pray for him and want him a speedy recovery.

I had a actually superior hit on RoJo (operating back Ronald Jones II) right now – type of ran him more than on a blitz when we have been indoors. That was unquestionably a tone-setter. Coach Bowles wanted us to show what type of defense we are going to be this year, and that play helped set the tone. Do you know what I’m saying? We have to establish the tone.

Bucs ILB Kevin Minter
Bucs ILB Kevin Minter – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

There ain’t going to be any half-assed [expletive] about right here this year. It is not going to be like that this year. We’re going to hit, and we’re going to go downhill. We’re going to be a Best five defense this year.

At the very same time, RoJo is a young back and he’s got to see that appear. Matter of reality, later in practice I came on a blitz once more and he stood his ground, which was superior to see. This was just the initially day in pads and he was just attempting to get his feet up underneath him.

I also came clean for a sack from the outdoors, also. That was good. That is the factor about Coach Bowles – he’ll blitz you from everywhere. Everyone is going to some in this defense. The inside linebackers are not just going to blitz the A gap in this defense. We may well line up inside, but we may well finish up blitzing outdoors the C gap, also. We’ll come from everywhere. It is been like that due to the fact our days in Arizona.

There have been some impressive guys on offense so far in camp that have caught my eye. A single guy that has impressed me is (operating back) Dare Ogunbowale. His routes are so superior. When Dare is in the backfield you have to be on your toes, specially when he’s operating his routes. The man has a imply stick. He’s been displaying that due to the fact OTAs. You have to play with your method and preserve your feet up beneath you with Dare.

Bucs RB Dare Ogunbowale
Bucs RB Dare Ogunbowale – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

It is the very same factor with Andre Ellington. When he turns it on, he turns it on, specially in the passing game. We won games in Arizona since of Dre and his getting capacity. He had a smooth touchdown on a screen pass the other day. He’s generally smooth – he’s Andre Ellington.

Oh, in case you are asking yourself – I do not have a roommate in camp this year. I’m a seventh-year vet, so I greater not have a roommate!

The subsequent Minter’s Bucs Coaching Camp Diary entry will be published in a couple of days. Bucs fans and PewterReport.com readers are encouraged to leave their comments or inquiries for Miller beneath, and to adhere to him on social media.

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