Koetter had thought his team lacked energy in the first day of practice against the Jags, but picked it up on Thursday.
“I thought we got really good work,” Koetter said. “Now again, I’m only seeing one field until we watch the tape. It was good. That was really good two-minute work, where we got four drives, two on each side. I thought our team had a much crisper approach than we did yesterday, so I’m pleased with that.”
Koetter was especially pleased with his team’s two-minute drills against Jacksonville.
“All I saw was those two two-minute drives, and we got two stops there in two minutes,” Koetter said. “The best pass coverage is a good pass-rush, and you see we had a little juice on that pass-rush with the four-man rush. That helps your pass coverage. It was good. Our defense continues to build confidence. And I’m happy to see our first offense go down and get a score.”
Koetter said quarterback Jameis Winston benefitted from the practices against the Jags.
“Well, competition against different looks is always good,” Koetter said. “Jameis going against some of his old Florida State guys, they get a little healthy competition going there. That linebacker they have, [Telvin] Smith, they were talking a lot today back and forth.”
Koetter didn’t talk to his offensive players about Wednesday’s problems.
“I really didn’t have to,” Koetter said. “The players knew. When they watched the tape, they knew. Those guys did a good job. Offensively, they knew that wasn’t our best effort or the right kind of effort, and so it was much better today.”
Koetter said tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a good practice.
“He got a lot of balls thrown his way. Any of the skill guys, the receivers and tight ends, sometimes (it’s) luck of the draw; they just don’t get very many balls that day. Austin got a lot of balls thrown his way. We actually held Cam (Brate) out of some reps today just [because] we wanted to give some other guys a chance to get some catches, and Austin had a good day. Probably had his best day of camp.”