The Bucs have only completed three days of OTA practices but some of their young players have already shown signs of improvement. Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston is one of them.
Winston was not practicing with the team on Thursday because he is with the NFLPA as they kick off their four-day Rookie Premiere event. However, that did not stop the questions about the 21-year-old signal caller from being asked. Like if the team was ready to be without the first overall draft pick early on for OTA workouts.
“We have [the Rookie Premiere] built in [to the OTA schedule],” head coach Lovie Smith said. “We doubled up on his plays yesterday, so he got pretty much the same amount of (repetitions) he would normally get.”
Smith fielded several questions about Winston and after only little practice time at One Buc Place, Winston has already been impressive with his progress.
“We are seeing marked improvement, like it should be,” Smith said. “Going from the minicamp to now, he is feeling more and more comfort in the pocket. There is a lot you ask a rookie to do, but Jameis is picking it all up just like we thought he would right on schedule.”
The next round of OTAs is scheduled next week.