As the Buccaneers began their final practice before flying to Nashville to face off against the Titans, quarterback Ryan Griffin was dealing, just as he did in the preseason game versus the Dolphins.

On the second-team — we’ll get to the first-team in a minute — Griffin looked sharp and drove the Buccaneers down the field with the final play getting them within striking distance thanks to tight end O.J. Howard. Though they didn’t punch it in for six points, kicker Chandler Catanzaro did nail the 42-yard field goal.

Then there was the first-team offense, led by quarterback Jameis Winston. Their start wasn’t as solid.

Winston’s start to practice was not great, in fact, it was bad — no use sugarcoating it.

On the first two throws of Winston’s day, he overthrew an easy pass to wide receiver Adam Humphries over the middle and then threw an interception directly to cornerback Ryan Smith after that.

It was about as bad of a start as you could see for Winston on the first-team, which he doesn’t get many reps on due to his upcoming suspension.

But then Winston did what he always seems to. He went from ice cold to piping hot with a beautiful deep ball pass to wide receiver Chris Godwin once the team moved indoors.

Winston has been a hot-and-cold quarterback for the last three years. Today was both the good and bad, once again, of Winston.

On a high note (for the offense), the Bucs actually practiced a Hail Mary play before they went inside and it actually connected. Griffin launched one to the right side of the end zone and tight end Tanner Hudson came down with it.

You hope the team isn’t in that situation much, but it was fun to see it completed.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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Jonathan Goodfellow
Jonathan Goodfellow
3 years ago

Griffin looked way better than I expected against the Fins. Looking forward to him being the longterm backup to Winston

Wausa
Wausa
3 years ago

It does seem like Griffin may put himself into the position as Winston’s long term back up similar to Frank Reich being Jim Kelly’s backup in Buffalo for 9 years.

wnb0395
wnb0395
Reply to  Wausa
3 years ago

Griffin is to good to stay a back up. He will eventually be a starter somewhere.

Pick6
Pick6
Reply to  wnb0395
3 years ago

Griffin is 28. Same age as guys like Mike Glennon and RG3…there is almost no chance he gets signed somewhere to compete for a realistic starting gig

wnb0395
wnb0395
Reply to  Pick6
3 years ago

Age doesn’t matter. Many great quarter backs start their career late. Matt Hasselback was 26 before he got his chance. Rich Gannon was 27 before he got his chance to be the starter. Kurt Warner was 28 when he first got his chance at being a starter. Everyone matures differently and learns the game differently. Hell McCown didn’t get a chance to start until he was well into his 30s and we all know Griffin is way better than McCown.

wnb0395
wnb0395
Reply to  wnb0395
3 years ago

Jeff Garcia was 30, Trent Green was 28. I could go on and on. All those QBs with the exception of McCown have had multiple Probowl Seasons.

QueDogg86
QueDogg86
3 years ago

Name a QB in the last 20 years. lol