Following Thursday’s OTA practice at One Buc Place, numerous players were asked about Dirk Koetter’s offense and if they’re having any trouble adapting to the new scheme.
Unanimously three Buccaneer players – Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson and Jameis Winston – answered that they were becoming more familiar with the concepts, and now it’s just about learning the terminology.
Evans believes the new offense sets him up in favorable situations. At 6-foot-5 with a wide wingspan, the former Aggies star knows he has an advantage while working in single coverage against a defensive back and is looking forward to getting those types of opportunities.
“This year I moved to the X (receiver) and I like the matchups, the mismatches that I get put in,” Evans said. “I’m always a single most of the time. I like being on an island, one-on-one, so I like that more.”
Similarly, Jackson believes the new offense will cater to his versatile ability and allow him to line up in different places. An 11-year veteran, Jackson is confident he can still be the dynamic, play-making receiver that’s earned three trips to the Pro Bowl.
“Obviously the way I’ve worked in the past was being very dynamic where they can play me in multiple places,” Jackson said. “And Dirk (Koetter) is having fun with that and he’s putting me in a lot of different areas. It’s fun to play inside, outside, stretch the field, cross the field, and that’s what’s good about this offensive system is that we’re going to put the ball all over the place.”
Of course to “put the ball all over the place”, the Bucs will need quality play from their quarterback. And although Jameis Winston has yet to play a down in an NFL game, the Florida State product claims that, while the language will take some getting used to, the concepts are routine, straightforward and something he’ll put a lot of time into.
“Preparing for this game is easier than preparing for a Harvard business degree,” Winston joked. “But one thing about it is I love it. I’m going to do anything I can to try and perfect this offense. This offense is amazing. The concepts are similar to the ones at Florida State, but definitely the terminology is crazy.”
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