Jameis Winston and his teammates practiced against the Jags this week – Photo: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Joint practices in training camp aren’t just beneficial from an on-field standpoint.
Other than lining up against another opponent, seeing different looks and getting a better measure of where you stand as a team, the two-day trip to Jacksonville has also given the Bucs a chance to bond as unit in close quarters after practice.
“Everything is right there,” coach Dirk Koetter said. “There’s a big meal room, a big walkthrough room and position rooms. Everyone was down and we had a really good setup at the hotel.”
Koetter said the experience felt like “old school” training camp, in that players are confined in a smaller area away from home and forced to spend time together both in the film room and during recreational activities. Back in the 1990s, camps were typically held on college campuses, like can be seen with the LA Rams this year on HBO’s Hard Knocks. Even the Bucs until 2006 trained at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, keeping players closer together in an away-like atmosphere.
These last two days for the Bucs have been a taste of what camp was like back then.
“Old school training camps have kind of gone by the wayside, when you would go away (from your facility) to training camp,” Koetter said. “Even though we have a nice hotel we stay at back at home, I think there was a little bit of (bonding). The Olympics were on the TVs in the meeting room, guys were cheering for the USA. They were watching that 200 semi and the women’s 100 hurdles.”
With all the film Tampa Bay had to watch after Wednesday’s session – “basically from lunch time until about 9:15” – Koetter said he really didn’t have time to reflect on the off-field team-building aspect until the next day. He thinks it’s an added bonus.
“I think we have gotten something out of that,” Koetter said the next day. “I think it’s been a good experience.”
Mike Evans was also asked after practice about the brief break from the normal camp routine and what the experience away from One Buc has given the team.
“It’s team bonding,” Evans said. “We’re getting continuity with each other, (becoming) real tight as a team and it’s showing.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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I hope the starters play 2 quarters to get in sink with each other. We are not one of the few teams who don’t have to play much in preseason because everyone has played together for a few years and they have won division championships in that time frame. Go Bucs.
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