TAMPA, Fla. — While lacking some star power, the first organized team activity of the Todd Bowles era featured a hearty ensemble nonetheless.
More than 70 players on the current 90-man roster attended Tuesday’s workout (staged in helmets and shorts) at AdventHealth Training Center, the first of 10 organized team activities before the three-day mandatory minicamp starting June 7. The veteran participants included 2021 Pro Bowlers Vita Vea, Ryan Jensen, Antoine Winfield Jr. and Tristan Wirfs.
“Impressive,” Bowles said.
Perhaps the only under-represented groups: the offensive skill players and linebackers. After throwing to teammates recently during Phase 2 of the team’s voluntary offseason program, Tom Brady didn’t appear Tuesday. Nor did tailback Leonard Fournette, receiver Mike Evans, left tackle Donovan Smith, cornerback Carlton Davis III or linebackers Lavonte David, Devin White or Shaquil Barrett.
“Again, it’s voluntary,” Bowles said. “I know where each and every one of them are, and a lot of them have good reasons not to be (in attendance), so we’ll go from there and coach the guys that are here.”
Bowles reiterated he remains in frequent contact with Brady, but offered the quip of the day when asked how regularly the two communicate.
“I don’t think that needs to be public knowledge, how much me and my girlfriend date,” he said. “But we talk, and we’re on the same page. We’re in lockstep. We’re in lockstep with (offensive coordinator) Byron (Leftwich) and (quarterbacks coach) Clyde (Christensen), so everything’s good.”
Dee Delaney a Day 1 star
Cornerback Dee Delaney, a surprise survivor of final roster cuts last season, ended Tuesday’s workout with two big plays in 11-on-11 work.
Delaney deflected a Kyle Trask throw that rookie free agent linebacker Olakunle Fatukasi intercepted, and later picked off a Blaine Gabbert pass intended for tight end Codey McElroy.