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.
The Bucs almost made it a week without rain, but an hour into Day 7 of camp it started to pour in and practice was cut short. Despite a wet ball, Winston looked sharp again on Thursday as Tampa Bay completed it’s sixth install – which included high and low red zone work, as told by Dirk Koetter after practice. Expect an accelerated install over the next four sessions before the Bucs head to Philadelphia for Week 1 of the preseason.
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“This was install No. 6 – we did what we call high red zone,” Koetter said. “We did high red zone and then a low red zone – that break point on where the transition is varies from team to team. But we started in with high red zone, that was our situational work today, and also our two-minute period.
“Two-minute and high red zone were points of emphasis today. We’ll gradually move it into the low red zone, because by the end of next week we have to cover all the situations that come up in a game. That’s the challenge as you get into this first preseason game.”
The unusual 8:15 start to practice, re-scheduled to avoid later showers, began with unopposed red zone routes to tight ends, as well as deep wheel routes to wide receivers. All throws by Winston and Ryan Griffin were on target. Mike Glennon wasn’t at practice Thursday because his wife gave birth Wednesday night – not because he was traded to Dallas or any other team, as many speculated.
Position drills didn’t last as long Thursday, as quarterbacks moved to Field 2 for a new addition to practice: the two-minute drill. Winston took five snaps during this period, and after pocket agility work, Power-O offense and seven passes of 1-on-1’s between WRs and CBs shortly after, the QBs returned to Field 2 to conclude the final hour with 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 scrimmage. Below is record of Winston’s reps on Thursday:
Winston’s 11-on-11 stats in 2-minute:
– Incomplete to Vincent Jackson on hook
– Complete to Jackson on quick slant
– Complete to Jackson on quick slant, side-stepped to the left
– Complete to Jackson on quick slant, stepped up as pocket closed
– Complete to Cameron Brate on cross
Winston’s 11-on-11 stats from offensive goal line:
– Complete to Brate on play-action over middle
– Three straight running plays to end series
Winston’s 11-on-11 stats in red zone (raining during last three reps):
– Complete to Jackson on a post
– Incomplete intended for Mike Evans in deep corner of end zone, covered well and ball thrown away
– Complete to Evans on cross, quick read and throw
– Complete to Jonathan Krause on post in between defenders, ball fit in
– Incomplete intended for Brate over middle, dropped wet ball and hit by Bradley McDougald
– Incomplete intended for Evans on back shoulder throw, ball a little behind and covered by Brent Grimes
– Complete to Brate on comeback in traffic
– Incomplete to Jackson on play-action roll to right, escaped pressure but couldn’t connect
Winston’s 7-on-7 stats:
– Complete to Evans on post between defenders, Vernon Hargreaves III in coverage and Chris Conte in support
– Complete to Evans on play-action deep post, caught in stride
– Complete to Adam Humphries on 15-yard slant, bullet thrown high and brought in
– Incomplete intended for Brate on quick slant, wet ball tough to catch in traffic
– Incomplete intended for Danny Vitale on the outside, ball a little low
– Incomplete, batted at the line by Lavonte David
– Complete to Brate on short comeback, met immediately by Kwon Alexander
– Complete to Evans on quick slant, bullet pass
– Complete to Doug Martin on checkdown
The rain played a factor the last 20 minutes, but the offense was still able to execute some good pass plays before it came in, particularly Winston’s back-to-back throws during 7-on-7, the first to Evans deep and then to Humphries over the middle.
The Bucs have four more practices before they travel to Philadelphia next Thursday to take on the Eagles in Week 1 of the preseason.
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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Im sick of the rain messing up our training camps. We should have had an indoor facility years ago. Its embarasing and puts our team at a disadvantage.
Agree! Get an indoor facility already. They’ve been saying it for YEARS. Newsflash: It rains a lot in the summer here.
The indoor facility has to be built. But before you go and just throw up a big inflatable structure I have a crazy idea that will never happen but would be cool to see. Have the interior walls of the practice field be giant LCD screens. Then you can make the inside of the practice facility digitally look like whatever stadium and field the upcoming game will be in. Then pump in crowd noise and get ready for the away game. That wouldn’t cost too much……..right?
I believe Howard Johnson either died or went out of business, or both, but I don’t see him listed on the roster. There is a Howard Jones there who made some plays last year. I hope he has more of an impact this season. What’s up with Sweezy? Did the Bucs make a mistake by signing him?
Rain in the morning? For years you could set your watch to a afternoon squall. Now I never know when it’s gonna happen. Here’s an idea. Rent the Amale arena out for short passing drills and 7 on 7 drills. I’m sure Mr. Brooks might go for it. Arguyo could practice kicking into the hockey goal. GO BUCS
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