The Buccanners are looking to sell tickets, and they have the first overall pick in the draft for help. The team released their first television spot, and it features first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft – Jameis Winston.
Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter acknowledged what many draft experts were saying about the differences between Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Winston played in a pro-style offense at Florida State. Mariota ran a spread system at Oregon.
“Even though I love watching spread football on TV, spread football doesn’t necessarily prepare guys the best for the NFL,” Koetter said according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.
When he was in Tallahassee for Winston’s pro day, Koetter got a look at Florida State’s playbook for a spring practice.
“Florida State was probably installing more stuff per day than we do,” Koetter said. “I’ve known about [Florida State coach] Jimbo Fisher and his style of offense for a long time. They truly do run an NFL-style system. They ask a lot of their guys mentally. Jameis is as well-prepared as most any guy could be right now.”
Winston has had only three practice sessions with the Bucs. He took part in a rookie camp Friday and Saturday and worked with the veterans for the first time Monday. Koetter said the Bucs have thrown a lot at Winston in a hurry. Koetter is happy with the early results, but said there is room for Winston to improve.
“I’m going to quote him: ‘Everything,'” Koetter said. “He’s a rookie. He needs to work on everything and we all do. He’s not alone on that. There’s a lot to learn. It’s like when you go from high school to college and college to pro. The game is faster. The defenses are better, the players are better, the coaches make quick adjustments. There is a lot of volume. He needs to work on everything and the good news is he wants to work on everything.”
Buccaneers’ fans can see Winston play in NFL action as early as the preseason begins on August 15th. Fans from outside the area head to Hipmunk.com for Tampa flights to catch the No. 1 overall pick turn the franchise around. Hipmunk also has hotels near Raymond James Stadium so fans can be seated on game day as fast as possible.
The Buccaneers took a chance with the first overall pick on Thursday – taking off the field troubled QB Jameis Winston. He’s the now in the word future for the team – and the club is putting a lot of stock in the future for Winston.
Winston took college football by storm in 2013 as the Heisman Trophy winner while leading Florida State to a National Championship. The redshirt freshman demonstrated a quality arm with well-developed passing ability. Winston completed 67 percent of his passes that season for 4,057 yards with 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. On the ground, he ran for 219 yards with four touchdowns.
Winston completed 65 percent of his passes in 2014 for 3,907 yards with 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He also had three rushing touchdowns. Winston threw more interceptions over 2013, but aside from the Florida game, he had a fine season. Winston illustrated throughout 2014 that he can bring his team back from deficits and pull games out in the fourth quarter. His 26-1 record as a starter is no accident.
As a pocket passer, Winston is extraordinary. He is phenomenal in the pocket and can carve up a defense. Winston has very good field vision and does a superb job of scanning the field while working through his progressions. It is an innate ability that Winston displayed from the very beginning of his tenure as a starter, and it is extremely rare to see in a college quarterback. The tape shows him hang tough in the face of the pass rush, step into throws when he was going to get hit, and move well in the pocket while keeping his eyes downfield. Sources say that Winston has a good football I.Q. and will impress teams in pre-draft meetings.
Winston also has shown great anticipation and timing. For example, even with pressure in his face he would still throw passes before receivers would make their breaks so the ball would hit them between the numbers as soon as they turned around. Those are phenomenal throws for any level of football. Winston also threw some brilliant passes into tight windows to beat good coverage. When plays would break down, Winston would make plays with his feet, and if defenses left him uncovered, he would hurt them on the ground.
According to Sports Illustrated, the Titans have denied a request from the Buccaneers to interview tight end coach Mike Mularkey for their vacant offensive coordinator position, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.
The Buccaneers released offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford from his contract last month. Tedford had heart surgery last year and took a medical leave of absence from the team. Quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo called plays this season for Tampa Bay.
Tampa Bay finished No. 29 in scoring and No. 30 in yards gained last season. Rookie wide receiver Mike Evans was a bright spot, finishing with 1,051 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.
A lightning strike that hit in a Raymond James Stadium parking lot shortly after Sunday’s Buccaneers game ended sent at least seven people to the hospital, according to Tampa Fire Rescue, Howard Altman of the Tampa Tribune reports.
The patients, who ranged in age from early 20s to a man in his 70s, did not appear to be severely injured and were in stable condition, said Jason Penny, spokesman for Tampa Fire Rescue. He said one person was knocked unconscious.
The lightning bolt struck in Lot 14, apparently damaging the sun roof of a sport utility vehicle near where several people were standing a few minutes after the end of the game between the Bucs and the Green Bay Packers, firefighters said. Lot 14 is near Himes Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
None of the people was directly hit by the lightning bolt, which struck around 4:15 p.m., Penny said. The force of the bolt knocked some people to the ground while others were hit by flying rocks and debris, he said.
One man was temporarily knocked unconscious but was alert by the time paramedics arrived, Penny said.