The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are nearing the end of training camp, but they still have a lot of work to do.
The most glaring and distressful issue was the offensive line which could have easily been mistaken for some swinging saloon doors. Quarterback Josh McCown spent most of his time on the field either taking a hit or getting up from the hit he just took.
Head coach Lovie Smith doesn't seem fazed by the team's performance and instead brushed off the loss with a call for patience, as reported by The Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings:
Don’t overreact is what I would say. You guys (in the media) don’t lead the charge to start overreacting. Let it play out a little bit through the preseason.
Smith seems to be pretty easygoing about camp thus far. Having a dominant defensive line, a surprising breakout wide receiver and a deep running back group probably helps.
Week 2 of training camp and the Bucs' first preseason game gave shape to Tampa Bay's strengths and weaknesses. It is still too early to tell which players are truly on the bubble or what sort of scheme the offense will run, but the general themes of the team are in place.
Here is what we've learned from Bucs training camp through Week 2.