After three good performances in the Bucs’ first preseason game that head coach Dirk Koetter was very pleased with, the Buccaneers did plenty of rotating with their quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jameis Winston and Ryan Griffin during Saturday’s open practice.
After starting the game on Thursday night against the Dolphins, Fitzpatrick was once again the first quarterback to go through scrimmage drills at practice. For the most part, Fitzpatrick was fine, but there was one area of passing game he couldn’t quite get right.
Hitting wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
After Fitzpatrick’s miss, later in the practice Ryan Griffin tried to test his luck with Jackson, which, as shown below, was also unsuccessful.
After that missed we figured it might be a long day, and another day where we had to write that the chemistry between Jackson and his quarterbacks is still a work in progress.
But then the franchise quarterback came into the huddle.
Winston hit Jackson for a big one — a play that you could tell Jackson has been dying to make due to how he and fellow wide receiver Mike Evans celebrated.
That play to Jackson was just the beginning.
Winston went 11-for-13 with 103 yards on Thursday night against the Dolphins, and it appeared he took that moment straight back to Tampa Bay, as he was dealing all practice long on Saturday.
It looks like head coach Dirk Koetter wasn’t lying when he said that Winston’s arm looks as good as it ever has.
Winston looked timid and indecisive throwing the ball in the first few practice after his suspension. He doesn’t look that way anymore.