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Bucs’ offense more crisp in second workout vs. Jags

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Tampa Bay Bucs coach Dirk Koetter was happier with his team’s second day of practice against the Jacksonville Jags.

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.”

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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