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18 November 2016

Transcript: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2016 Media Availability (11/18/16)

BUC BIT OF THE DAY: Buccaneers TE Cameron Brate has five receiving touchdowns this season, tied for the NFL lead among tight ends.
Below is the transcript of Head Coach Dirk Koetter’s media availability earlier.
(On how big it would be to have an explosive play on special teams against Kansas City)
“It would be big, but the way the rules are right now, your coverage teams on special teams – really the way it’s kind of stacked up is your field goal, your punt and your kickoff team, returns, you’re really at the mercy of the other team and somewhat the weather. If they can kick it to the end zone, you may not get any kickoff returns. And then as far as punt return, these punters are so good, if they’re kicking it 45 yards with 5.0 [second] hang time, it’s just tough to get a return, you’re going to have to fair catch those. But, we feel good about our return teams, we just haven’t got a lot of opportunities. It would be huge and we’re playing a team that has an excellent return game, so I think our coverage teams will really be tested.”
(On if there are any similarities between Kansas City’s secondary and Arizona’s when they played them in Week Two)
“I hadn’t thought of it that way, in terms of Arizona, but I do think you can draw parallels between [Kansas City cornerback Marcus] Peters and [Arizona cornerback] Patrick Peterson. A top corner in the league and that guy can take the ball away. They’ve got two play-making safeties, but we don’t really look at it as comparing that far back. I can see how you could draw that, but these guys are a ball-hawking secondary. Not only as far as interceptions go, but they’re good at getting the ball out. [Peters] made a beautiful play taking it away from [Carolina wide receiver Kelvin] Benjamin last week to end the Carolina game.”
(On if he is anxious to see how quarterback Jameis Winston plays against the Kansas City secondary)
“I’m anxious to see every guy out there, how we can line up against those guys. That’s the deal, 12 noon Central time, let’s go.”
(On what he saw from defensive lineman Sealver Siliga in practice this week)
“Yeah, we didn’t get a whole lot of chances. Sealver flew all night to get here, so great effort by him just to practice on Thursday. And then today’s kind of a shortened-down practice. I think we’ve seen enough of him to know he’s going to help us. It might not be this week, but it’s going to be soon.”
(On if wide receiver Josh Huff is a player that will be considered to promote to the active roster against Kansas City)
“He is. To be honest with you, I think he might’ve come up lame in practice today, but we’ll have to see how that shakes out. It is under consideration, though.”
(On an update on offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile)
“He will not make it [to Kansas City]. He’s not going to get out of the [concussion] protocol.”
(On if offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch will start at left guard against Kansas City)
“I’ll let you know Sunday.”
(On an update on running back Charles Sims)
“I think he can start practicing next week, but I’m not 100 percent sure. They have a time when they can come back and practice, then a time when they can actually come off, similar to the guys on PUP (Physically Unable to Perform). And I believe that timeframe starts next week, but I’ll worry about that next week.”
(On if the team has made a decision yet on if Sims is the player they will bring back from the Injured Reserve)
“Well that’s why they give you that two week window for when guys are coming off that, to see – you’ve got to make sure that they’re in the right kind of condition and ready to play football, but we have not made that decision. I would think it would be safe to assume that he’s going to be right up there if he’s ready to come back.”

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