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.
With the defense on Saturday throwing out, as Dirk Koetter put it, “some crazy disguises,” Winston made a couple ill-advised throws but got another day of great work in, nonetheless.
Position drills for quarterbacks began with the usual warm-up throws, most of which took place in the red zone again. Along with out-routes in the back the end zone and seam routes to tight ends, the Bucs worked in some deep posts and go-routes to wide receivers that energized the crowd.
Full-team scrimmage started with the two-minute period, where Winston threw five passes. And after drop-back practice on Field 2, which also involved quarterbacks mirroring each other while running the width of the field and throwing back and forth on the move, they moved back to Field 1 for the Power O period. Twenty or so minutes of that and 1-on-1’s, along with a brief install period, was followed by 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 work to close out Day 9 of training camp. Here’s the rep count of Winston’s Saturday morning:
Winston’s 11-on-11 stats in 2-minute: – Incomplete on screen intended for Charles Sims, dropped
– Complete to Adam Humphries on fake draw bubble screen, room to run
– Complete to Mike Evans on comeback in front of Alterraun Verner
– Incomplete on out-route intended for Cameron Brate, escaped pressure from Kwon Alexander and Noah Spence and forced to throw
– Intercepted by Chris Conte on 20-yard post intended for Mike Evans, jumped route
Winston’s 11-on-11 stats in red zone: – Incomplete on slant intended for Brate, dropped – Complete to Brate on seam over the middle, touchdown – Intercepted by Conte on slant tipped up by Bradley McDougald, intended for Brate who fell
Winston’s 11-on-11 stats from midfield:
– Complete to Doug Martin on play-action screen
– Incomplete on quick-out intended for Luke Stocker, ball thrown a little too far in front
– Complete to Evans on slant in front of Grimes, ball tipped but kept concentration
– Complete to Sims on bubble screen
– Incomplete on deep post intended for Evan Spencer, well covered and ball a little too far in front
– Incomplete on 15-yard out-route intended for Brate and nearly jumped and intercepted by Conte, double-clutched and threw pass a little late
– Complete to Jackson on out-route
Winston’s 7-on-7 stats: – Complete to Evans on out route
– Complete to Evans on outside hook in front of Verner
– Complete to Evans on cross
– Complete to Austin Seferian-Jenkins on quick slant
– Incomplete on deep ball toward the far sideline intended for Russell Shepard, broken play
– Incomplete on skinny post intended for Donteea Dye, dropped pass in-between two defenders
– Complete to Jackson on short cross
– Complete to Humphries on quick out from slot position
– Complete to Evans on hook
From the front four to the backend, the defense was throwing the kitchen sink at Winston and the offense on Saturday. Noah Spence, a defensive end, could be seen dropping into the middle of the field at times while the versatile Robert Ayers lined up occasionally at tackle.
The different looks required Winston to think a little harder and call the right protection, all the while with a running clock in the two-minute drill. Quick decisions at the line turn into quick decisions during the play as the defense applies pressures the pocket.
The variety defense in situational-football drills can make things tough at times, but that’s exactly the type of work Koetter wants Winston and the offense to get in camp. Here’s the head coach explaining the process of identifying the defense, calling protections at the line before the play-clock expires and making quick decisions during live play.
“They were doing a lot with their front,” Koetter said of the defense after practice Saturday. “The quarterback’s first job – the quarterback and the center – is trying to get the protection straight. And they were giving us some walk-around looks today. We saw a couple snaps of it yesterday, but when you start getting unique fronts and walk-around fronts, those are always a challenge.
“Then after you get the protection set, the clock is winding down and (the QB has) to snap it,” Koetter continued. “Then he has to see the coverage and make a good decision. It is really good work for us. It’s not the easiest thing – trust me. They’re not just staying in there in Cover 2 and Cover 3 – they’re giving us a lot and it’s great for both sides.”
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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