Head Coach Dirk Koetter
Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson
Head Coach Dirk Koetter
(On his assessment of Sunday's practice after watching tape)
"Like every day in training camp, there's good plays on both sides and bad plays on both sides. You've just got to keep learning and moving on. The tempo was good, the physicality was good, but it's always a work in progress."
(On the status of injured defensive tackle Vita Vea)
"Okay so, Vita, it was better than we thought. It's better than we thought. What he described, what Vita described when it happened was what you would think if a guy tore his Achilles, which would be a year-long injury. Thankfully it was not that. It's a calf injury and he's going to be out for right now, but it's not what it could have been. So, in that respect, we're better off than we thought we were."
(On if there is a timetable for Vea's return)
"He's going to be out for a little bit and I'll update you in a little bit."
(On if cornerback Brent Grimes was merely held out for a ‘veteran's day’)
"No, Brent got a little banged up as well. If a guy's out here in shorts that probably means there's some reason he has to miss, but it's nothing serious. It's something that will just keep him out a day or so."
(On how much of an advantage it is to have a tight end duo like Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard)
"Yeah, no, big advantage. If you're running a two-tight end system, which we do part of the time, having those two guys is huge. That's the reason why they're both here. It puts the defense in a little bit of a predicament if they're going to go base defense versus nickel defense. It's a good problem for us to have."
(On if the defense got the better of the offense on Monday)
"The defense got off to a fast start today. That's kind of the pattern we've been in the last couple days, fast start by the defense and then the offense has finished a little better in the second half. We'll just have to keep talking [about how] we need the offense to start a little bit faster and we need the defense to finish a little better."
(On kicker Chandler Catanzaro making all his field goal attempts)
"Again, one day doesn't make your kicker, but he was solid today. [It's] awesome to have the wind because we have plenty – especially early in the season, we'll have days like this. There's no doubt that Chandler's going to do a good job in my mind."
(On how guard Caleb Benenoch is doing)
"Well, he got kicked out of practice on Sunday. We had a little fighting incident so a couple guys got kicked out, he was one of them. You like the aggression, but you can't swing. You can't swing or you get kicked out. Caleb's a guy that's played for us and he's in a little competition right now, but everybody's in competition. He's doing fine."
(On how valuable it was having an NFL officiating crew at practice)
"Very valuable. We tell the officials when they're here to throw the flags. If they're going to call it on game day, call it out here. We see it on tape and then we can talk about it when we go inside. We're fortunate we're going to have the officials here all five days this week. The officials will be showing the rules video this afternoon and there's been plenty of publicity about that with other teams. We've already seen a lot of the helmet-contact videos. We've seen them. It will be interesting to see the officials in person explain how they're going to officiate it. Same with all the new rules. We worked on the new kickoff rule a little bit today. Now with the officials, they actually sit in on meetings with the players and the coaches and they'll be able to go over it in the meetings this afternoon. So it's great to have those guys and it's great to have them for five straight days. We will also have officials here in a couple weeks those days we practice against the Titans."
(On if he has meetings with the officials to ask them questions)
"Sure. Absolutely, yeah. What we do is we put film clips together and I get with them and [say], 'What about this? What about this?' Yeah, so it's real beneficial. I think it's beneficial for both us and the officials."
(On if wide receiver Adam Humphries and his role in 2018)
"Same. Same as it's been. Adam's the guy that will never go away and no one ever talks about him, but Adam is a really good football player and [he] plays an important role on the team. You need 'glue guys.' Every guy isn't going to gain a thousand yards receiving, but you need that guy that's always in the right spot at the right time and is there when you need him. That's Adam."
(On injured tackle Leonard Wester)
"Leonard got banged up the other day. Again, it's not as serious as it might have been. He's going to be out here in the short term but nothing in the long term."
(On if rookie offensive lineman Alex Cappa is just working at guard even with players injured at other positions)
"Well, we're only five days in. Let's let it sort itself out here. Everybody has to cross-train. Injuries force other guys to cross-train. That's just how it works."
(On if running back Peyton Barber looks quicker this year)
"I think he does, I think he does. I thought that one in the indoor the other day, that one toss play that he hit up the middle, I thought it showed up there. He's about 228 right now; last year he was around 235. So, yeah, I think he has looked a little bit quicker."
Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson
(On the biggest differences on offense in comparison to last year)
“We have a lot more competitive players now. A lot of new additions coming from winning mentalities. They’re able to push the drive and push other guys on this team to the highest of their potential. I think that’s the first and foremost thing, just the competitive nature, guys working harder and putting the work in. Obviously last year was a frustrating year for everyone that’s a part of the Buccaneers, but they say ‘one come and go.’ We go out there, put the work in, and hopefully the results show on Sundays.”
(On how to balance between Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston at practice)
“Just try to get as may reps with both of them as possible. At practice when we’re running routes on air, get a couple with Fitz, get a couple with Jameis, and still get that timing down. I think that’s going to be important. Unfortunately, he’s out for the first three games, but still being able to have him here in training camp and still work with him. Obviously it’ll be gone in three weeks, but right now its imperative and important to get as many reps as possible.”
(On what he feels he could improve on this season)
“Any time I get an opportunity. I’ve kind of been the same. Any time I get an opportunity to make good plays and spark this offense up, with explosive plays or highlighting anything, or scoring touchdowns, whatever it is I’m here to do. It’s what I’m going to do to try to get more of it then last year. Obviously last year was a disappointing year for myself and the team, so I just want to be able to spark this team up, give them high energy, good plays, and explosive plays.”
(On how good it was to play with Fitzpatrick last year going into this year)
“I think it helped a lot. He came in there for a couple games last year, made some great throws, great reads, and like I said, with a guy like him, he’s already a step ahead of everything because he’s a veteran in this league and has played a lot of football. You can’t take that away from him. Once the bullets fly, we get in there, and hopefully everybody is on the same page moving in to one common goal.”