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.
Position drills started with back-shoulder throws to wide receivers, tight ends and running backs and later some out routes with the latter two groups while receivers did their own thing. Wheel routes and crosses out of the shotgun formation were also incorporated in the early parts of Day 5 of camp Monday.
Quarterbacks were alone on Field 2 for a decent portion of practice, working on sidestepping and rolling out before making a throw to the sideline. The scrambling foreshadowed the last half hour of practice as the defense was once again bringing the heat throughout 11-on-11 scrimmage.
After a 10-minute period of Power O 11-on-11s from the offensive goal line – during which the top three QBs threw to WRs in one-on-one coverage against CBs – Winston and Co. headed over to Field 1 for install and eventually scrimmage. Below are Winston’s reps in 11-on-11s and 7-on-7s.
Winston’s 11-on-11 stats:
– Complete to Adam Humphries, officially named the No. 3/slot WR by coach Dirk Koetter Monday, on a play-action draw screen.
– Incomplete on underneath out route intended for Cameron Brate, broken up by Lavonte David
– Incomplete on short comeback intended for Donteea Dye, thrown low
– Intercepted by Chris Conte, post intended for Dye in the end zone is tipped up by Brent Grimes
– Incomplete intended for Austin Seferian-Jenkins, rolled to the right off play-action and threw deep and high over middle but dropped.
– Complete to Luke Stocker on cross underneath
– Complete to Brate on 15-yard out route, good concentration in traffic
– Play blown dead after Winston avoided pressure from Devante Bond but held the ball too long
– Incomplete over the middle intended for Brate, pressured from the middle (McCoy) and forced into high throw
– Incomplete, batted at the line of scrimmage by McCoy
– Complete to Mike Evans over the middleon play-action draw slant
– Complete to Russell Shepard on slant in front of Grimes, pocket collapsed but Winston hung in and delivered a bullet
– Complete to Evan Spencer on back shoulder toward the sideline, great catch falling down
– Play blown dead as Winston held ball, great coverage down field
– Incomplete on deep ball intended for Evans, dropped, Winston stepped up in the pocket and threw to wide open Evans who was falling down
– Complete to Charles Sims on checkdown, avoided pressure on right side from Jacquies Smith and got rid of the ball
Winston 7-on-7 stats:
– Complete to Seferian-Jenkins on out route
– Complete to Seferian-Jenkins on crossing pattern
– Complete to Brate on short comeback underneath
– Incomplete intended for Dye on quick slant, broken up by Grimes
– Complete to Brandon Myers on cross, wide open after WRs drew coverage deep
– Complete to Shepard on short hook near the sideline
– Complete to Doug Martin on out route out of the backfield, good concentration with McDougald racing to play
– Incomplete intended for Vincent Jackson on slant, broken up by Alterraun Verner
– Complete to Sims on checkdown, surveyed the field and found no one – Last four 7-on-7 passes all in shotgun formation.
After getting a look at the defense in pads Sunday, the offense adjusted and handled the pressure during blitz period a little better on Monday. It was still the defenses’ day when it came to inside rushes, however, as the front four and linebacker duo of Kwon Alexander and Lavonte David were sharp again on Day 5 of camp.
After practice Winston addressed the media and specifically mentioned Gerald McCoy as a player who’s been “killing us” while saying he’s been impressed with the defense overall – its personnel and variety. He also fit in one of his favorite sayings: Iron sharpens iron.
“The chemistry that the defense is showing – in their first year in that defense – it’s very impressive,” Winston said. “I can’t wait to see how things work out for them because I know they’re giving us trouble out there and they’re very tough. It’s so good for the quarterback’s – and we talk about it all the time – because we get so many different looks and these guys are doing it to the T. And for them to be just installing it the way that they are … it’s pretty good.
“They’re all just doing great. Noah Spence is amazing; he’s doing really well out there. But that’s how you make a good team. Iron sharpens iron. We have great people on that defensive side of the ball and we have to produce on offense.”
Iron sharpens iron, indeed. While the defense may be winning a few more battles in the early going of camp, it’s better the offense learns and adjusts now than in the regular season.
“It’s so good for us to see different looks because different teams are going to have different game plans against us every single week,” Winston said. “By us seeing that at practice every single day, it’s good for us – just so we can process that information fast and make the right decision.”
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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It may be interesting to note on many of these plays the defense knows what play or type of play is going to be called.
In the passing drills, they know at the very least it’s going to be a pass.
And the defense is new and unfamiliar and there is no offensive game planning. Just run the play.
It will get better.
While I’m excited for this year – my enthusiasm is tempered because it seemed like the defense was playing well against our offense last season then then came the preseason and saw that other teams were handling it pretty well. Lets see how the other teams do.
Just got back after watching the last 3 training camp practices and got a lot of great information. I’ll try and spread my posts out over the next few days so the posts aren’t so big. However to me the biggest news I actually got from Scubog since we’ve watched the practices together the last few years. I had been on business travel since the end of June until about a week ago and hadn’t been on PR so I didn’t know Macabee said he planned to stop posting. I hope he changes his mind because I loved to read his posts but if not I wanted to send him a final shout out and I hope he at least plans to keep reading the articles and posts on PR. Regarding practice what I’ll say for now is based on what I read in the spring and the other practices I expected the DB’s to be performing better which they did, but to me the offense as a whole is somehow playing worse than they were at this time last year, which is not what I expected. It’s not just the defense affecting them either. I saw a lot more fumbled snaps, fumbles by ball carriers, dropped passes, errant throws and pre-snap penalties than I saw in the 1st weekend of training camp last year. The number of INT’s was about the same but they happened differently; more passes deflected by defenders or dropped by receivers that ended up in the hands of defenders this year. All I’m trying to say is don’t be surprised if the offense looks flat in the preseason and it may carry over to the regular season.
Interesting comment there PInk, I am looking forward to more. I have tried to read other fans posts on other sites and most of the reviews have been positive on both sides. However sometimes the fan glasses need to be taken off. Keep us posted.
Thanks Pink. Different perspective. Need Mac back posting with his off the cuff remarks. Miss them.
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