For the first time since 1987, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick and selected former Florida State Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. The area is abuzz with excitement for the Bucs news quarterback, one the fans and the organization hope becomes a franchise quarterback, and can lead the Buccaneers back to the playoffs for the first time since Jon Gruden roamed the sidelines at Raymond James Stadium.
PewterReport.com will chronicle Winston’s practice reports throughout camp. After canceling the fan portion of training camp, the Bucs were able to get their third practice in. Here is the third installment following a day that saw no rain during the afternoon practice. Make sure to check back with PewterReport.com daily for our Winston Report.
Bucs’ rookie quarterback Jameis Winston continued his up and down training camp during Tuesday’s morning practice in front of a large crowd at One Buccaneer Place. Winston, who threw three picks in Monday’s practice, threw two more picks during 11-on-11.
After warming up with quarterback coach Mike Bajakian, Winston moved to Field 1 to work with the receivers on short slant routes in the red zone. Winston easily completed all six passes to his receivers, albeit, they were uncovered at the time. The wide-outs then ran deep sideline routes, and Winston continued to do well with five completions and two drops, one by Kenny Bell and the other by Robert Herron. Then followed slant throws up the middle, in which Winston completed all three including a fingertip catch by Vincent Jackson.
After this drill, the quarterbacks departed into their own group with Bajakian to practice footwork while the rest of the team worked on special team drills. Winston would later re-joined the team for walk through run plays.
Following the walk-through, the quarterbacks joined the receivers and defensive backs for one-on-one situations on the far field. Winston did well, completing seven passes, including a perfectly thrown deep over the shoulder pass to Donteea Dye. Winston had two incompletions in this drill, both poor overthrows.
The team then moved into the first 11-on-11 portion of the day, and Winston struggled. His first pass, intended for Jackson on the sideline, was poorly thrown and picked off by Alterraun Verner. Then, following a short completion, Winston threw another pick, this time into the hands of Lavonte David, who undercut tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins slant route in the middle of the field. Winston ended the drill 4-for-8, including the two picks.
Winston spoke to the media about the interceptions following Tuesday’s practice.
“You got to get better every single day,” Winston said. “No one is perfect. That’s the thing about football. You have to find your corrections and make adjustments.
“You have to learn every day. You can’t just learn certain things, you have to learn on everything. Even good plays you learn, the goal is to get better every single day and make adjustments, get better off your mistakes and get even better off your accomplishments.”
Winston and his receivers then went into the only 7-on-7 period of the practice, where Winston seemed to play much more conservatively. He completed nine throws, seven of which were short check downs or screen passes. The other two were nicely thrown intermediate slant passes to Seferian-Jenkins and Russell Shepard. He only had two incompletions, one being a drop by running back Charles Sims.
Head coach Lovie Smith addressed Winston’s conservative play in camp today at his press conference.
“As a general rule, you want to always push to ball down the field,” Smith said. “But if it’s not open, you normally have a second read, and possible third read to go to, and the check down is a part of that. But as we continue to go, that’s what we want our quarterbacks to do every snap. If it’s not there and you don’t feel like you can get it in there, be able to play another down [and] check it down. There’s nothing wrong with getting positive yards. Young quarterbacks, as a general rule, positive yards is a good thing. Again, in time all those things will come. He needs to go through all of this. We’re giving him different looks every day. We’re asking him to do different plays every day and he’s bouncing back.”
For the last drill of the day, the team went back into 11-on-11 where Winston improved from his earlier performance. He completed eight passes, but all of them were short throws under five yards. On the first play, Winston didn’t see a wide open Vincent Jackson deep down the sideline on a play action, and instead checked it down to his running back.
Winston had three incompletions, including another drop by Kenny Bell and another overthrown pass intended for Adam Humphries.
Winston ended the practice by signing autographs for at least fifteen minutes before spending time speaking to the media. He talked about how important it is to be a role model for the kids so they have someone to look up to.
“Part of my motivation is I have a seven-year-old brother who’s about to be eight in a couple weeks and it’s fun just to be able to impact them and affect them in a positive way,” Winston said. “And being out here, being energetic, being a kid myself, kids can relate to that and I know that because I have a little brother and we were all kids one day. It’s exciting to see someone you look up to have fun with you and connect with you.”
Winston and the rest of the team will have the day off tomorrow, and will return to the field on Thursday at 2:30 P.M.
Final Stats (unofficial): 26-of-37 passes (70.3 percent) with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
PewterReport.com Practice Grade: C
To read about Winston’s first three practices, visit the links below
Day 1 Winston Report, click here
Day 2 Winston Report, click here
Day 3 Winston Report, click here
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You can tell Winston needs the practice and I hope he gets to play a lot in pre season, especially the first 2 games. The heck with the way it has been done in the past. I don’t trust Coach Smith words about our DE’s or our QB situation yet. Practice, practice, practice. Go Bucs!
Hey we’re getting better – 3 INTs yesterday, 2 today, and none back to back (the glass half full perspective). I wasn’t at practice today but PR says Winston got conservative and threw more screens and check downs. It sounds to me like he’s learning and learning fast. You know they say a scalded cat is afraid of cold water. Lol. This is good judgment and an exercise in patience unless he’s been intimidated by the blitzes and I don’t think this guy is easily intimidated.
Winston is going to be blitzed a lot and the Bucs know it. Because any DC worth his salt would do this to a rookie QB and an O-Line that heretofore couldn’t block a lingerie football team. So they’re going to throw this at him until he can both read and react to the blitzes.
You have to look at the whole practice and from the camp videos I saw at Buccaneer.com, it was a good practice. Big Dot said it was the best practice they have had so far. Everybody has got work to do not only Winston cutting down on INTs, but also overthrowing open WRs, and WRs dropping passes that are on the money!
I’m just as concerned about the whipping that DE Jaquies Smith put on LT Donovan Smith in 11 on 11s as I am Winston’s INTs. Videos and highlight film tend to be exaggerated toward the positive, but things are looking pretty good to me. I think the coaches are happy with where they are today.
This is really getting to be a concern. QB’s normally don’t improve their accuracy a the next level. I know its’ early but this is staring to feel like a bad pick. Can we trade with Tennessee?
Yes you are correct, it is entirely too early to worry about the pick. WE are barely through our first full week of practice and you want to trade our guy?
As a Noles fan I can tell you the story of Winston’s first practice at FSU. Apparently Winston was so bad Jimbo kicked him off of the field. His first college game he completed 92% of his passes and had 5 touchdowns. The point is let these things come and don’t panic already. And even after one season we won’t know how good these two guys are.
this just in…Aaron rodgers and jameis winston both have 5 picks in training camp. Does that mean the packers should trade their qb as well? Lets settle down with the bad pick talk.
They’re both rookies Bucnut2. One is throwing INTs and the other is not throwing INTs, but can’t make simple throws. They will both get better!
Remember how many reps in Preseason Glennon got when he was drafted. Those are the amount of reps Winston needs to get to where he will need to be to produce this year. Let him start for both the first and second string Offense and let Glennon split time with Lobato with the third string Offense.
In no way am I saying we aren’t better because we are. We just need to get in practices for our DE’s QB, LT, RG, as much as possible. Hey I’m up beat; I know Coach Smith as to say what he has to say. I’m just being more cautious at this point in time. Go Bucs!
Horse, you and others have every right to be cautious and concerned. I am concerned, but I’m not panicked after the 4th day of practice and I’m not suggesting you are either.
The Bucs have decided to make a huge gamble on Winston and the apparent intention to start a pair of rookies on the offensive line. I trust they know better than me and will have some measure of success. Time will tell if they bet right. Whether I agree or not doesn’t matter, but I do see what they are doing.
Mariota is being spoon fed, Winston is being waterboarded. They have chosen to install the whole playbook now. They have that much faith in him and the information I’ve gotten is that Winston has absorbed it all and is calling protections his O-linemen don’t even understand yet. They’re having to slow him down in some instances.
Their first game is the Titans and the DC is 75 year old Dick LeBeau, former DC of the Steelers who practically invented the Blitz and the exotic formations you see in the NFL today. The Bucs know this and must get him prepared for this coming onslaught. You could imagine how important this first game is and why they need to get off to a good start. Winston is going to make mistakes, but Licht says that the main reason they selected him was his ability to overcome difficulty and not be fazed by the moment.
Charley Casserly was at OneBuc today and he agrees that Winston was the right choice for the Bucs and believes he can handle the baptism by fire that the Bucs have chosen for him. I’m as nervous as long-tailed cat in a room full of rockers, but I’m all in! (a lot of cat metaphors tonight) I hope you guys are having as much fun as I am this season! Lol.
Mac as usual ,your insight is fantastic and funny. I for one am very excited to see what we can do this season on both sides of the ball.
Relax gang! You learn best when things go bad. Our young QB is doing just that, learning… in PRACTICE. Why the focus on just the interception count? I suppose that the easiest measuring stick for the “untrained eye.” But that’s only one piece to the QB puzzle. We,and the media, should be looking at the whole picture of Winston’s development (which is just beginning). Is he in command of the huddle, able to call the play, know what he sees in his pre-snap read, understand the concept of the plays, have confidence, remain calm, take responsibility, give praise to teammates, and progressing on all of the aspects of QB plays? We here in Bucville always expect immediate stardom. Guess I should have known.
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I guess everyone was expecting a plug-n-play QB that would be an instant success? I expect the media bandwagon to immediately suggest Winston was a bad pick after our first loss. I just didn’t expect it from Bucs “fans”
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