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.

Aside from two interceptions – one underthrown to Alterraun Verner and the other tipped into the hands of Daryl Smith during 11-on-11s – Winston turned in a solid day throwing the ball in the Bucs first padded practice Sunday.

The afternoon got off to a fast start as far as position drills go for quarterbacks, with wide receivers running stop-and-go routes and skinny posts in an up-tempo pace. It was a good way to get the crowd going, the largest one yet in camp. Tight ends and running backs were also in the mix, though running more out routes and bubble screens.

While Sunday’s scrimmage period consisted of a little more Power O running (at least in the beginning), the Bucs added 1-on-1s between receivers and cornerbacks for the first time this training camp over on Field 2. Winston’s best throws during this portion came on a back shoulder route to Evan Spencer and a post to Vincent Jackson right in front of the defender.

After an extended period of drop-back practice on Day 4, from three-step under center to play-action to shotgun rollout, quarterbacks migrated to Field 1 around 10:15 to conclude practice with 7-on-7s and 11-on-11s. Here’s the Winston rep count below:

Winston’s 11-on-11 stats:
– Complete to Mike Evans on quick slant in front of Verner
– Complete on inside slant to Kenny Bell, met immediately by Kwon Alexander
– Complete to Jackson on quick post
– Complete to Charles Sims on bubble screen
– Intercepted by Verner, pump fake and underthrew deep ball to Donteea Dye on far sideline
– Complete to Spencer on comeback in front of Brent Grimes, ball hit Spencer right when he turned
– Intercepted by Daryl Smith on short comeback over the middle intended for Jackson, who tipped up in the air
– Complete to Cameron Brate on out route, escapes pressure from Jacquies Smith and stepped into pocket to make throw
– Complete to Bell on comeback, bullet pass fit in in front of Grimes, Bell shaken up but held on and walked it off
– Play blown dead as Winston rolled right to escape pressure from Smith and Alexander
– Incomplete intended for Russell Shepard on deep post, underthrown and nearly picked by Verner and Grimes
– Complete to Freddie Martino on short out route, ball fit in in traffic

Winston’s 7-on-7 stats:
– Complete to Adam Humphries on skinny post, ball thrown in between Jude Adjei-Barimah and Chris Conte and secured by Humphries
– Complete to Brate on out route, ball lobbed in on a dime over linebackers and in front of corner
– Complete to Evans on short comeback over the middle with D. Smith in coverage
– Complete to Austin Seferian-Jenkins on seam route
– Complete to Bernard Reedy on comeback, hit hard and fumbled and ball chased down by Winston, gets largest cheer of the afternoon
– Complete to Seferian-Jenkins on flat route, surveyed the field and found tight end
– Complete to Luke Stocker on quick out, ball thrown from under center
– Complete to Jackson on curl, ball fit in right before Grimes got there to make the play
– Complete to Brate over the middle, good coverage by Bradley McDougald but better throw and concentration

Once again the ball was spread out among receivers on Sunday. Names like Bernard Reedy and Freddie Martino – two former Falcons with ties to Dirk Koetter – are starting to get recognized along with the likes of Kenny Bell, Evan Spencer and Russell Shepard. The Bucs may have a couple front-runners for the slot receiver role, but there’s certainly some good competition pushing them to their limit. And that’s exactly what Koetter is looking for over the next moth.

“Three through eight right now, in that receiver group, is pretty close,” Koetter said after practice. “You take a guy like Kenny Bell: two days ago he looked like the MVP out there and then he disappeared (Saturday). And then DD (Donteea Dye) looked like he didn’t belong out here two days ago and he was better yesterday. Russell Shepard has had his moments. Evan Spence has had his moments. All those guys have a chance.

“You even look at Bernard Reedy and Freddy Martino – those are two guys that stuck with us in Atlanta. They’re two veteran players and they know what they’re doing. I like this Jonathan Krause kid; he’s flashed a little bit. No doors are closed right now for those receivers. I like our talent there. I like all the young guys and that’s what this preseason will be for.”

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About the Author: Zach Shapiro

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. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com
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5 years ago

The word on Kenny Bell is getting to be that he looks great in underwear football but when the pads come on is like a magicians bunny rabbit.
Could that be because he appears to be slight in stature and is intimidated by contact.
I can’t give the answer for that but it is worth watching during full contact scrimmages and preseason games.

Reply to  drdneast
4 years ago

Well he had lots of contact in college and he did ok there. Maybe it’s just the year off and getting used to playing in pads again. Kid has talent. I like the coach not gushing over these young guys but giving a little praise when they show up in practice.

5 years ago

Time to step up boys.

4 years ago

When you list the reps, it would help if you added two info bits, if caught or not…the approx yards of the throw, and if the pass, was to “which third” of the field, using a shorthand system. Such as…a pass or 25 yards to an area between the left hash and the sideline, after your rep comment, just add,,,25L. Any pass behind the line of scrimmage could be 0…0M would be a middle screen, or 0L a bubble screek (to a wideout) or a check down if to a back. 15M could be a middle seam. 40R could be… Read more »