Despite not being in the building or on the practice field Thursday at One Buc Place, new quarterback Jameis Winston was still the main topic of conversation following Thursday’s OTA practice.
Head coach Lovie Smith was asked about what he saw from Winston – who is attending a rookie premiere event in California – the two days of practice before the former FSU star left for the NFL commitment.
“We have seen marked improvement, like it should be, from the rookie mini-camp to now,” Smith said. “He is feeling more and more confident, in the pocket picking (things) up. There is lot you ask a rookie to do. Jameis is picking it all up just like we thought he would. Right on schedule.”
Smith was also asked if there have been any surprises with Winston early on.
“You don’t want to be surprised as much as anything,” Smith said. “You think you have something and you get something else. No, he has been everything – he is a football junkie. We knew that before hand, we have to kind of tell him when to leave. We expected to have to do (that). He takes coaching well. Yesterday was his best day. For him there has been a lot of individual work but having a chance this week for the first time to go against our best defense and things like that. But again, we have a long way to go but we like where we are at right now.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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