Just 4 days into training camp, Coach Dirk Koetter says Beckwith may be the teams most improved player.
The Buccaneers drafted Beckwith in April of this year, even though he was recovering from an ACL injury. It’s a move that seems to be paying off.
“Kendell, that’s really amazing because it’s only been eight months since his ACL injury and very few guys come back that fast.The first couple days we were out here in rookie practice before the throng of fans and media was here, Kendell, I was a little nervous, not about his knee, just he looked rusty. After four practices he’s probably our most improved player, as far as a guy where he started and where he is after four practices. It really is a good story, kind of an amazing story, how fast he’s back.” said Koetter on Monday, after the team’s first practice in full pads.
Beckwith says he hopes he’s never in a position to have to watch from the sidelines again, also adding, “I’m still doing maintenance and keeping up the treatment on it, but so far, so good,” he said. “I feel good. I’m not really thinking about it. Especially a day like today, we had a little contact, that was good for me. I feel like myself again.”
His team mate and former LSU alum himself, Alexander, also weighed in saying, “He’s been doing great, just coming back off an injury, too. He’s been picking it up fast, he plays fast and makes a lot of plays. He’s just being patient and he’s going to get his chance.”
Good things are in store for this season Bucs fans, brace for cannon fire!