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Bucs OC Koetter Says Winston Well Prepared as NFL Rookie QB

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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

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 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.

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