It hasn’t taken lengthy for Giovani Bernard to make a very good impression in entrance of his new coaches. Bernard has been off to the races since becoming a member of the Bucs, seeking to construct as a lot continuity as he can with all of the teammates he’ll be working with.
He’s balanced working with Tom Brady and all of the Bucs’ starters on their very own time sooner or later. The subsequent, he’s at OTAs to grasp the playbook whereas getting reps in with quarterbacks Kyle Trask and Ryan Griffin. Bernard is the longest tenured NFL veteran at OTAs proper now. He’s setting a precedent of labor ethic and energy for the youthful gamers round him.
The addition of Bernard to the Bucs’ backfield has been a welcoming one to say the least.
“He’s a professional,” Bucs’ offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich mentioned. “Anytime you possibly can add a man like that in any room – we obtained a nine-year man who’s performed at a excessive degree, who’s made performs, who’s been concerned in necessary soccer video games, who’s been in playoff video games. He’s been in numerous robust conditions, proper, that sort of man is at all times going to assist your soccer staff. I feel the factor that’s spectacular of him to date on this brief time frame, you actually solely have to inform him one thing as soon as. You inform him as soon as, he will get it, he’s capable of execute it and function it, which let’s he’s been round numerous good soccer.
“He’s a extremely sensible soccer participant, not to mention his means of what he can do from an attribute standpoint, a ability set, his means to assume on the run, have the ability to maneuver and do the stuff you obtained to do from that place, to make the choices that you must make with that place, it’s been nice to date. He’s been doing a hell of a job for us simply within the passing recreation, within the run recreation, being a professional and doing the issues that we’d like our operating backs to do.”
It’s not simply that Bernard has confirmed up, it’s that he arrived able to play. There was a current picture of Bernard’s physique that hit the rounds on social media. It triggered a buzz that he regarded higher than ever. There’s numerous optimistic expectations for him this 12 months. His imprint on the staff early on has many assured in what he’ll convey to the Bucs’ offense.
“He’s an expert by means of and thru,” mentioned assistant coach Harold Goodwin. “He got here in able to go and it’s good to have him right here proper now attempting to be taught the offense. I do know the scenario the place he may be over there with Tom [Brady], however for him to be over right here attempting to get the playbook down is thrilling to all of us. He’s displaying what he can do.”
When Pewter Report was on the solely OTA accessible to the media on Tuesday, Bernard was the one again there. Notably lacking was Ke’Shawn Vaughn, which Bruce Arians wasn’t joyful about him voluntarily lacking time as he elected to exercise with Brady and others as a substitute.
“Ke’Shawn determined to work out with these guys,” Arians mentioned on Tuesday. “That’s their alternative, however hopefully he’ll make a greater choice tomorrow.”
Evidently Vaughn obtained the message. As Greg Auman identified, Vaughn was pictured among the many Bucs’ picture gallery on Wednesday, proving he returned to OTAs.
Vaughn has an uphill climb to see the sphere this season. He’ll be the fourth operating again on the depth chart behind Ronald Jones II, Leonard Fournette and Bernard. In the meantime, Vaughn didn’t take part a lot on particular groups. It will likely be robust for him to discover a function there because the Bucs emphasised bettering the unit this offseason.