Brady in mid-season form in Buccaneer scrimmage
Would you expect anything else? According to multiple reports, Tom Brady was in mid-season form as he led the Bucs offense on two touchdown drives in a Friday morning scrimmage at Raymond James Stadium.
Brady led the Bucs on a 98-yard touchdown drive on the first of those two touchdown drives and kept the offense playing at a high tempo.
Brady said it was good to get into a different atmosphere for some pre-season work. Brady finished the scrimmage 13/18 with 178 yards and a touchdown pass to Cam Brate.
“It was a good dress rehearsal, so to speak,” Brady said. “It has its challenges and we can use these opportunities to grow and learn from one another. I thought today was a good step for us. “Today was a good indicator for all of us that it’s (the season opener) is right around the corner and we’re going to have to tighten some things up so we can be ready to go against a great football team there in a couple of weeks.”
Arians liked what he saw from Brady. “When you get the first long drive of the year, guys start dragging, and he got their ass in the huddle and got them rolling, keeping on the 25-second, 40-second clock pretty good. We weren’t close at all, but he was commanding that pretty good. Overall, he had a hell of a day. Overall, I’m pretty pleased, but that drive and a couple of other drives showed we’re not quite in game shape.”
Some things never seem to change as the Buccaneers continue to have a real battle on their hands at the kicker position.
Matt Gay, the second-round pick from Utah in the 2019 draft, is in a battle with journeyman Elliott Fry to be the Bucs kicker in 2020.
It seems Gay has a good day and then is upstaged by Fry the next day. The battle at kicker was one of those position battles that no one thought much of going into training camp.
We knew the Bucs were bringing competition in for Matt Gay, but Gay has struggled with his consistency during camp.
Gay cost the Bucs the game against the New York Giants last season, and Bruce Arians is determined to not let that happen this year.
Gay made 24/27 field goals to begin the 2019 season, then missed five of eight.
Speaking with the media earlier this year on the battle to be the Bucs kicker, special teams coach Keith Armstrong said “I think the competition is close. I think it’s real close. I think with Matt, the thing I learned is he’s got to learn to be consistent. That’s what we’re looking for and that’s hard to do. That’s what wins and he’s got to learn to be consistent. You can’t make the 60-yarder and miss the 45. You’ve got to learn to be consistent. They all count.”
Rookie cornerback Parnell Motley who had been having a great camp until missing Thursday’s practice missed the scrimmage. Arians said he would most likely miss the rest of the training camp.
Wide receivers Jayden Mickens and Cyril Grayson got some time in the return game. Mickens returned kicks for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2017 and 2018.
It has been an unusual training camp as the Bucs try to get ready for the regular-season opener with minimal practice time.
The Bucs have already seen their share of injuries this training camp. On Friday, cornerback Carlton Davis and running back Ronald Jones came up limping. Both injuries are not expected to be serious.
The Bucs return to the practice field on Sunday with the season opener 14 days away.