The first day of Bucs mandatory mini-camp meant it was the first chance the media — and even current Buccaneer players — got a look at defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul in a Bucs uniform.

Before practice, Pierre-Paul addressed the media for the first time and answered the question that was on everyone’s mind: Why did he skip out on OTA practices with his new teammates?

Sounds like Pierre-Paul had some off-the-field things he had to take care of since being traded for back in March. He assured everyone that all of that is now situated and he is in Tampa to stay, for mini-camp and training camp.

Pierre-Paul was asked about a few of his new teammates on Tuesday, too. The first question was about his quarterback, Jameis Winston, and if he had the chance to talk to him yet.

From that quote, it appears Winston and Pierre-Paul got off to the right start as two focal points on their sides of the ball.

The next question was about the player Pierre-Paul will be lining up next to form time to time, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. Pierre-Paul, as a nine-year veteran in the NFL, was asked if he would be will to take a backseat in terms of leadership since he’s coming into team that McCoy has been the face of for a long time.

Pierre-Paul said that he has no problem letting this be McCoy’s team, but added that they’ll lead together in how they play. Pierre-Paul said that he’s not as much of a vocal leader as he is a lead-by-example kind of player.

Finally, Pierre-Paul sounded very excited to get to play next to linebacker Lavonte David again — the two both played junior college together before the NFL.

In one of the last questions he answered on the day, Pierre-Paul was asked what his expectations were, or what the team’s expectations should be, knowing what happened to this team last year in 2017.

His answer was simple: The goal is — still and always — to win a Super Bowl.

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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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nybuccguy
nybuccguy
4 years ago

Its BS excuse, but thers nothing we can do about it. He paid for it. Hopefully he can get on the same page with everyone else and still has gas in the tank.

BucWonder
BucWonder
Reply to  nybuccguy
4 years ago

Moving to new state and making sure your son is taken care of? That’s a BS excuse? Sounds like a man with his priorities set right. Welcome JPP!

Don
Don
Reply to  BucWonder
4 years ago

It’s a BS excuse if you’re a self-absorbed fan. For normal people, it sounds like a father who has his priorities straight.

Charlie
Charlie
4 years ago

I think we can lay off the guy now until the season starts. The dude is the best pass rusher this team has had in 10 years, he is making a major relocation of his entire life unexpectedly, but his saving grace for me was that the goal is to “Win the Super Bowl” nothing less, there doesn’t seem to be any watered down bullshit with him. He’ll be just fine.

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

I’m sure the Bucs didn’t mind saving $250,000. This is really no big deal. YG’s here and ready to go. Go Bucs!

Mike Wright
Mike Wright
4 years ago

We must have quite a few Idiots as members of Buc Nation. What part of..non-mandatory OTA’s do you not understand? Its his money..not yours!! With the salary he makes thats like..vacation money people. Hard for you to understand when you are taking home maybe 1500 to 2 grand every 2 weeks huh? And thats if you are one of the lucky ones. He can give any excuse he wants. Trust me JPP will be ready come gameday. Thats all I..or you..should care about. Buc fans are so use to losing, we nit-pick every little scenerio there is. Winning as the… Read more »

Horse
Horse
Reply to  Mike Wright
4 years ago

Can I borrow $250,000 from you? I’ve never met a multimillionaire who refused $250,000 for just showing up for a day. I think you got this wrong; it was never his money until he showed up, but you are correct he does have the right to choose to not show up.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
4 years ago

Go getm JJP!

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
Reply to  Buc 1976
4 years ago

JPP OOPS 😁

jerseybucsfan
jerseybucsfan
4 years ago

Good job JPP!

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

Just like I said…….moving his family. Can we now move on to covering the football part of Mini Camp instead of roll call?