Training Camp Takeaway: Day 10
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers completed their tenth practice in training camp Sunday at the AdventHealth Training Center. The intensity is ramping up on the outdoor pitches, boosted by the competition. Following practice, Assistant Head Coach/Running Game Coordinator Harold Goodwin provided an overview of the day’s developments. Third-round pick Rachaad White and fourth-round pick Cade Otton had an impressive outing on the grass to the delight of fans in the stands. Here are the best takeaways from Sunday’s practice.
Cade Otton put on a show. Flipping through my notebook, I saw the name “Otton” at least a dozen times in my scribbled notes. From shooting a pass over Tom Brady’s shoulder into the left corner of the end zone and jumping down a seam route to catch another reception in the first snap of the period from the goal line live on a game of Brady -passing action, Otton seduced. The rookie has earned Brady’s trust, becoming his go-to target on Sunday. In the absence of Cameron Brate (veteran day), Chris Godwin during the team period (still recovering from a torn ACL and MCL), and Mike Evans (twisted hamstring), Otton received extra reps spread wide and into the lunge. He took advantage of it. Additionally, Otton created several key chips in the extension of the offensive line, clearing the pocket. He made a strong impression as a two-way player, serving as the prototype of “Y”. In Washington, Otton served primarily as a line blocker with his hand on the ground in John Donovan’s pro-style scheme, but showed his natural ability to catch passes outside of his frame. He’s willing to do the dirty work in the trenches and lays down an advantage as a wide receiver, finishing at the catch point. As a disciplined and balanced road runner, Otton has the potential to elevate two tight sets. When it comes to pass protection, Otton described “every detail counts; step one, step two, step three, hand placement. Every play, you have to be at your best. It’s about locking down every play and d ‘Get the details where they are at where you’re able to cover your guy and dominate.’ As training camp continues, Otto will be a player to watch.