Buccaneers’ camp has reached day seven. Here is our recap.
The Buccaneers keep rolling on in training camp. They have hit day seven and we are one week away from the opening of the preseason schedule. Here are some thoughts on the day:
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From all accounts, McCoy has simply been terrific. Take a look at this Tweet from Scott Smith:
Coach Koetter has said that McCoy looks “dominant” and it sounds like that is an accurate description.
Winston to “VJax”
Dirk Koetter Showing Frustration
Dirk is an open guy, even when he is frustrated. He spoke after practice and was a bit annoyed with having to answer depth chart questions:
"“It must be to you guys, because you’re sure talking about it a lot. I don’t get what the big deal is. Every team I’ve always been on, the best players played. We haven’t played a game yet, so we don’t know who’s going out there against Atlanta. If I had my way, we’d close practice then I wouldn’t have to answer questions like this every day, no one would know, we’d just be getting our team ready to play. But, we have practice open it’s open for the fans, it’s also obviously open to you folks. We want to get the word out, but we’ve got a lot of good football players and our number one mantra is to compete and that’s what we’re doing."
It’s easy to understand where Dirk is coming from. Yes, it’s his job, but having to talk about the depth chart when the team has only been working for a week has to get a bit old.
Getting the Discipline Back
Coach know that penalties have been an issue for this team. To get better, they had Gene Steratore’s referee crew at practice, and they will be in town for the next couple of days. Dirk is an out of the box guy, and bringing in a top referee crew is just more evidence of that. He means business, and that means no more penalties.
Despite the fact that the rain played a major factor in the day’s work, Winston was sharp. It was an important day, as Dirk began to install the red zone packages:
"“It’s just where we are in the install – this was install number six. We did what we call ‘high red zone.’ We do a high red zone and then we do a low red zone. That break point on where the transition is varies from team-to-team. But, we started in with the high red zone [it] was our situational work today and also two-minute period. Obviously we didn’t score any points in that period – I guess the third group got a field goal. [The] two-minute and high-red zone were points of emphasis today. We’ll gradually move it into the low red zone because by next week we’ve got to have covered all the situations that could come up in a game. That’s the challenge as you get into the first preseason game.”"
Throughout all of it, Jameis looked good, both in 11-on-11’s and 7-on-7’s. For a detailed accounting of his reps, take a look at the article on the Pewter Report.
All in all, it may have been rain shortened, but it sounds like it was a successful day of practice for the Bucs.