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It was another scorcher in Jacksonville on Thursday with temperatures well into the 90’s by the time the two teams wrapped up their second and final day of joint practices just after noon. Both teams had several members of the training staff walking around with drinks to try and stay hydrated.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy got tangled with a player halfway through practice in 11-on-11’s and the Bucs Pro Bowler came off the field limping, favoring his ankle or lower leg it appeared. ESPN who was broadcasting from practice, and immediately went live to the sideline as a scowling McCoy walked off the injury. Both McCoy and head coach Dirk Koetter said it wasn’t anything serious, and McCoy looked to be walking fine as he came off the field following practice, even signing autographs for Jaguars fans. Daryl Smith, J.R. Sweezy, Caleb Benenoch and Louis Murphy all were spectators. Koetter didn’t say Smith was injured, only that he was a veteran and isn’t worried about him.
There were no roster transactions prior to the start of practice on Thursday.
PEWTERREPORT.COM BUCS PRACTICE NOTES
• Quarterback Jameis Winston was very sharp for the most part of Thursday, and during the Bucs two-minute drill agains the Jaguars defense, Winston was perfect, going 5-for-5 on the drive culminating with a TD pass to Adam Humphries.
• Austin Seferian-Jenkins continued his bounce back since his demotion to second on the depth chart earlier this month. Seferian-Jenkins made a couple nice grabs in full team against the Jags and both Koetter and Winston mentioned him following practice.
“He got a lot of balls thrown his way,” Koetter said. “Any of the skill guys, the receivers and tight ends, sometimes [it’s] luck of the draw; they just don’t get very many balls that day. Austin got a lot of balls thrown his way. We actually held Cam [Brate] out of some reps today just [because] we wanted to give some other guys a chance to get some catches, and Austin had a good day. Probably had his best day of camp.”
Winston was also impressed by what he saw from his tight end.
“I think all of our receivers are going to be good red zone threats. e just have to throw them the ball,” Winston said. “When you think about Austin, Cam, Mike, Vincent, guys who are 6-4, plus, we have to, I have to find a way constantly get them the ball and score some points. But Austin? When that guy is on, it is very hard to stop him.”
• Defensively several players stood out including Kwon Alexander, who had a diving interception, jumping a route by a running back near the sideline. Cornerback Josh Robinson also had an interception, as did Vernon Hargreaves who went up high to snag a ball with one hand in the end zone.
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It is kind of like a dream come true, when you are playing with guys in college, you never know if you are going to get the opportunity to play against them in the league. And especially to get to practice with them. You know I had an opportunity to play against Telvin (Smith) last year (when we played the Jaguars). But Jalen (Ramsey) he is going to be a great, great DB. And you already see it. And Telvin is going to be a great linebacker.” – QB Jameis Winston talking about facing former FSU teammates with the Jaguars
DIRK KOETTER QUOTE OF THE DAY
“Well, competition against different looks is always good. Jameis going against some of his old Florida State guys, they get a little healthy competition going there. That linebacker they have, [Telvin] Smith, they were talking a lot today back and forth. I think Gus, [Jacksonville Head] Coach Bradley would agree that anytime you’re going against somebody different after 13 or 14 practice, it’s good. Hopefully we carry it over and do the same thing against Cleveland next week. Let me just say, the Jaguars’ coaches and players, their whole staff, they made us feel at home here. This was really good work. I hope we can continue to do this in the future. Maybe we can talk them into coming to Tampa next year.” – Koetter discussing the benefits of joint practices
The Bucs and Jaguars will have closed walkthroughs and meetings on Friday and Saturday prior to the two teams facing off on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. from EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville.