Good afternoon, Bucs fans, and welcome to another week of Bucs’ Daily Snaps. Let’s go ahead and dive into Monday’s headlines on the boys in red and pewter.
First off, we have NFL.com’s Kevin Patra discussing a series of quotes made by tight end Luke Stocker to Pewter Report about quarterback Jameis Winston. Stocker said that Winston’s understanding of new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter’s offense already stands out, and adds that he is “extremely talented.” As long as Winston continues to put in the work that he have seen since the Bucs picked him first overall in May, we should see more comments from the team’s veterans on how impressed they have been with him thus far.
Next up, we have a couple of stories from Bleacher Report. The first one is Luke Easterling’s piece on five moves the team should have made this offseason. The five moves he says the team should have made include drafting a pass rusher, signing a veteran offensive lineman, signing franchise cornerstone Lavonte David to a long-term extension and more. All the moves make sense. I would’ve probably added why the team should sign Evan Mathis being one of the top priorities on general manager Jason Licht’s list. However, the draft-related moves are ones we can only speculate on. Would it have been nice to draft a pass rusher or trade up for someone like Cam Erving? Sure. We just have to see how everything plays out once September rolls around.
May 8, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Donovan Smith (76) works out for rookie mini camp at One Buc Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The second article on Bleacher Report is Russell S. Baxter’s report card grades on every NFL team before training camp begins. The Bucs didn’t get a good grade. He points out how all of the team’s free agent signings were on the defensive side of the ball, and that the offense will rely on at least three rookie starters in Winston and offensive lineman, Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet. He ends the blurb on the team by asking “But has this team done enough to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2007?” All I have to say is anything can happen once the regular season comes around. Not to mention the Bucs are in one of, if not the league’s worst division.
Over on Scout.com, Justin Pawlowski talks about how Mike Glennon has now found his perfect role on the team. Glennon is the “ideal backup quarterback. He’s not the type of quarterback who will light up a scoreboard, but he can fill a quarterback’s seat and not have the wheels fall off,” Pawlowski said. “Glennon is a hard worker, smart, and protects the football. These are all characteristics a team would want in their backup quarterback.” I have to agree with him. Glennon is the type of player that will push Winston to be a better signal caller, and apparently it has already shown on the field during minicamp and OTAs. He should be a great mentor to Winston.
And finally, we have a piece from Buccaneers.com’s Scott Smith on the four things we should see at training camp. All of these predictions seem as if they can come true, particularly the one regarding Austin Seferian-Jenkins. No one (*cough aside from us cough*) has been really discussing how he and Winston could be a very dangerous combination. We could see the rookie quarterback leaning on his tight end as a valuable security blanket throughout the season.
Well, that’s it for today’s Snaps. Check back later this week for a brand new set of Bucs’ Daily Snaps.