Entering his second season in the NFL, Jameis Winston, already a Pro Bowler and 4,000-yard passer, is now the undisputed leader and face of the Buccaneers franchise. The mission for Winston in 2016 is to develop even further in head coach Dirk Koetter’s offense while taking full command of the huddle and leading Tampa Bay to more victories.
It’s often said the biggest improvement for NFL quarterbacks comes in the second season. That’s why Winston’s performance and hopeful progression will be under an even closer microscope this year, and as such, PewterReport.com will return the “Winston Report” throughout the 2016 training camp.
After an hour lightning delay from 9:45 to 10:45, the Bucs returned to action for the last hour of Day 3 of training camp Saturday.
Prior to the delay, Tampa Bay, wearing shoulder pads as they prepare for first padded-practice Sunday, was in the middle of position drill work. During that period quarterbacks threw swing passes and screens to running backs and wide receivers, as well as post patterns to wide receivers and tight ends while a coach held a paddle in the air to simulate a linebacker getting his hand up. The bubble screens were a preview for what was to come later on during 11-on-11 scrimmage.
“Playmakers in space, that’s one of our deals,” Dirk Koetter said after practice when asked about screen plays. “Get your playmakers in space. Now sometimes those look good. There were a couple that looked good today. Sometimes not so good. We caught them in the right look a couple times; it doesn’t always work out that way but that’s the plan – you get elusive guys in space and Charles and Doug certainly fit that.”
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After some play-action and five-step drop practice for quarterbacks, the Bucs concluded the last half hour with 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 scrimmage – a period that got a little chippy and showed that players are ready for full pads and hitting. Below is the snap-by-snap record of Winston’s reps on Saturday.
Winston’s 11-on-11 stats:
– Complete to Mike Evans over the middle, fit in with good coverage by Alterraun Verner
– Incomplete intended for Luke Stocker on checkdown, looked off options and throws a little behind
– Incomplete intended for Evan Spencer, rolled right and threw deep down sideline but broken up by Brent Grimes
– Complete to Charles Sims on bubble screen, called an audible at the line of scrimmage
– Complete to Doug Martin on checkdown
– Complete to Evans on buttonhook
– Incomplete intended for Bernard Reedy off play-action, led a little too far over the middle
– Complete on bubble screen to Sims
– Fumbled snap, picked up by Gerald McCoy
– Incomplete intended for Evans off play-action slant, covered well by Grimes and Bradley McDougald
– Complete to Sims on bubble screen, had room to run after block by Kenny Bell
– Incomplete intended for Sims on checkdown, steped up under pressure and rolled right to throw but pass dropped
– Complete to Austin Seferian-Jenkins on comeback, steped into pocket to avoid pressure on the right by Will Gholston
– Complete to Adam Humphries on seam route over middle, quick read and throw
Winston’s 7-on-7 stats:
– Complete to Vincent Jackson on 10-yard buttonhook, pass over the outstretched arms of Lavonte David
– Complete to Doug Martin on drag route in front of Kwon Alexander
– Incomplete intended for Evans off play-action, deep ball hung up and slightly underthrown with good coverage by Chris Conte
– Complete to Cameron Brate on bullet over middle, good concentration with David defending
– Intercepted by Grimes off tipped pass, three-step drop and 15-yard slant intended for and a little behind Donteea Dye
– Complete to Vincent Jackson on 20-yard comeback
– Complete to Evans on 15-yard post
– Complete to Jackson on buttonhook over the middle, last three 7-on-7 passes from under center
Winston had to avoid the rush at times and get the ball out of his hand quickly, as did Mike Glennon and Ryan Griffin during their reps. The defense ramped up the intensity a bit in shoulder pads, often getting behind the line and in the quarterback’s face. Lucky for quarterbacks, there was no hitting – but good practice to see pressure and make quick decisions nonetheless.
“The looks that (the defense was) giving us, they were really aggressive with their blitzes today,” Koetter said. “A lot of nickel off the slot. That’s great work for our quarterbacks to have to get the ball out of their hands. If we were playing real football those quarterbacks would have taken some hits today. That’s not good for our quarterbacks, but it’s good for the other quarterbacks.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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Thanks Zach for providing the beef in your Article.
Wait, your telling me we practiced screens and blitzing with lb’s and cb’s?? I don’t think I saw that a single time the last few years. I’m honestly excited to see the change in the defense this year. I like the attitude and I love the passion I feel like these players on our team have. Let’s go bucs! One mans opinion.
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