Following Monday’s practice offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter spent time with the media, fielding a majority of questions about Jameis Winston and his progression to the next level.
Koetter raved about the No. 1 overall pick’s knowledge and ability to process information, emphasizing the fact that he’s only taken the field three times as an NFL quarterback.
“Well we’ve thrown a ton at him and we have to be realistic, Jameis has been here for three days,” Koetter said. “Today, for the veterans, it was install number five and it was the second time through it for them. (Jameis) has been here three days, he’s on five days of install and it’s his first time through it. He’s going to continue to get better, but he can process and that’s an important thing.”
Koetter noted that, unlike arm strength and athleticism, seeing how a quarterback absorbes information is not easily identifiable on tape. That being so, the Buccaneers conducted their own test early on in the draft stages, giving Winston a 15-play script before taking a long break and testing his recollection. Needless to say, the coaches came away impressed.
“He did great,” Koetter said. “Mike (Bajakian) did a little install with him, similar to what a Day 1 install would be at a rookie minicamp. We tested him and Mike was flying, he was going fast. We took a little break, had lunch and (Winston) met with some other people. We went back in the room and put the tape on, no pictures, and asked ‘Okay, what’s this? What’s this? And what’s this?’ He did very well, we we’re really impressed with him.”
In fact, from Koetter’s standpoint, that test proved to be the difference in selecting him over Marcus Mariota.
“That was pretty high for me, that point (the test),” Koetter said. “We had already looked at every snap for two years on both guys. So (it was) that point right there, because obviously both guys are very good football players. I’ve been around some good guys and (Winston’s recall) was impressive.”
Koetter also came away from the Florida State pro day impressed, referring back to when he looked through their playbook and realized the numerous concepts and installations the college program had.
“Well that’s one thing… even though I love watching spread football on TV, spread football doesn’t really prepare guys for the NFL,” Koetter said. “Aside from Jameis, when we we’re up there for the pro day I was in the O-line room and George (Warhop) was doing our install with the O-lineman from Florida State. There was a playbook sitting right there (in the O-line room), it was their spring ball playbook. I picked it up and started looking at it.
“Heck, Florida State was probably installing more stuff per day than we do. I’ve known about Jimbo Fisher and his style of offense for a long time, and they truly run an NFL system. They ask a lot of their guys, mentally. I think Jameis is as well prepared as most any guy could be right now.”
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Very encouraging that our QB is focused and ready to learn. Go Bucs!
Yes sir good stuff!!!
I was reading about the best receiving corps in the NFL according to Bucky Brooks and it got me thinking about the Bucs pass catchers. I really like what Mike Evans did in his rookie season. His combination of length, toughness, speed, ball skills and his ability to high point a pass are what make him the Bucs top threat in 2015. Right behind him is Vincent Jackson in my opinion. V.Jax also has great size and toughness to go along with veteran savvy, but I think Evans is just a bit faster and more tenacious on 50/50 balls. After that, I am not too sure who will emerge as a 3rd threat. Louis Murphy is likely the Bucs third best option at WR, but if Evans or Jackson went down, I’m not sure Murphy would be able to create the same amount of production. I want to put Austin Sefarian Jenkins in there as the third best receiver, but that remains to be seen. His first season was marred by injuries and drops. I am hoping he comes back strong in year two and emerges as the talented playmaker the Bucs envisioned when they drafted him. Beyond that, the roster seems pretty thin at pass catcher. Robert Herron is going to be fighting for a roster spot and if he continues to drop passes or is ineffective at returning punts or kicks, I can’t see the Bucs staying with him. WR Kenny Bell should be given every opportunity to be the Bucs third WR. His college production was great and what a hairdo! Kaelin Clay has great speed and suddenness and while all indications are that he is penciled in as the KR/PR, he could also emerge as a slot receiver with the ability to take short passes to the house or use his speed to take the top off of a defense. If all things go right, I think the Bucs are close to fielding a passing attack that could crack the top 12.
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