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Bucs speak after a rain-delayed first practice

The Buccaneers had their first open practice delayed then cancelled due to weather. But they decided to move it to University of South Florida’s practice fields to get some work in. 

Here are some quotes and reactions after meeting with the media.

Head Coach Lovie Smith

(On whether fitting in a late practice due to weather delays helps the team stay on schedule)

“In Tampa this time of year, you have to be flexible. You know, things we needed to get done – we got our meetings. We switched our meetings and ended up getting our practice in right now. We’re thankful to USF for letting us use their facilities tonight. And, again,tomorrow we’re right back on our schedule, so (we have) one day of training camp under our belt.”

(On whether Tampa Bay needs an indoor practice facility)

“In an ideal world, of course, you would have that, but we have never had an indoor facility. (The weather) is just a part of it. During the course of the year, you have to be ready. I’ve been in games where you’ve stopped the game (due to weather) and guys have to know how to stop and then come back and win a football game. That’s Tampa and we’ll deal with it.”

(On the performances of quarterbacks Jameis Winston and Mike Glennon)

“I thought both guys were able to do some things. The ball, of course, was on the ground entirely too much, but we start coaching from things that happened tonight.”

Defensive Tackle Gerald McCoy

(On what the team was doing during Saturday’s rain delay)

“We were working. We were in meetings. We went back to meetings. If we would have practiced at the right time, we would have meetings afterwards, so we took that meeting time and put it ahead. That’s all we did.”

(On coming into training camp at his target weight)

“For me, one thing our coach does, Coach (Joe) Cullen, our d-line coach is he breaks every player down and he tells us what we need to do to have a career year, or what we need to do to help this team out. He told me, who I am to this team, who I am to this defense, I have to be in the best shape of my life. I just took that to heart and tried to come back in the best shape I could.”

(On Jameis Winston being named the starting quarterback)

“We did draft the guy No. 1 overall. We addressed the biggest issue we felt we had with the first overall pick. You draft a guy at that spot, I don’t think you draft him to not play. We’ll see what happens.”

(On if he feels urgency to get into the postseason after having not done so yet in his career)

“Yeah, I do. When I was young, I was allowed to be young – well not really, but I was young. I’m not there anymore and I’m going into my sixth year and I truly believe this team will only go as far as I go. You have a dominant guy in the middle, it helps everything out around him, which is our defense. You have a great defense – most of these teams that are winning, usually [have] a great defense. That’s another reason why I had to come in in great shape, because you know it’s not really any more talking. I’m going into my sixth year – I haven’t been to the playoffs. Enough is enough. I definitely feel the urgency – it’s time to get it done.”

Quarterback Jameis Winston

(On being named the starter)

“I was excited. It was a blessing. But I’m ready to play now. Ready to practice, ready to get things going.”

(On what it takes to be a starting quarterback in the NFL)

“You’ve just got to be able to compete. You’ve got to have the will the win, and you’ve got to fight. You’ve got to have your teammates behind you. It’s one thing getting players to play with you…it’s getting players to play for you. So, I’ve just got to keep competing, keep getting better every single day. I’m not perfect, but I will compete my butt off.”

(On how Mike Glennon reacted to the news that Winston would start)

“The whole quarterback room, we’re a family because it starts with us. At the end of the day, our main goal in that quarterback room is for us to win football games. No discrimination, no hatred, we love each other. We have a great team. And it’s not about us, it’s about this whole team.”

(On how much of the offense he’s picked up)

“I’ve come a long way. Like I said, I’ve got to get better every single day. You could play for 20 years and you’re still going to keep getting better every day. You can’t stop getting better.”

(On thinking ahead to a Week One matchup against Marcus Mariota)

“It’s one day at a time. Right now we’re focusing on the Tampa Bay Bucs, getting our team better and being successful to ourselves.”

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