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14 June 2016

Transcript: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2016 Mini-Camp Media Availability (6/14/16)

Below is a selection of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quotes from today’s earlier media availability:
Head Coach Dirk Koetter
Tight End Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Quarterback Jameis Winston
(On how mini-camp differs from OTAs)
“Well, the main way it differs is we’re under a different time restraints, so this is somewhat like a regular Wednesday or Thursday in season, meaning we come out and have a walkthrough, we go back in, we have lunch, we come back out and have a practice. The actual two-hour practice on the field is exactly just like our 10th OTA because we’re still under the same contact rules, but just the fact that we have them a little longer. We had officials here, of course. We’re going to have meetings after practice and then we also have a mandatory security meeting tonight that’s put on by the league, so those are the main differences.”
(On tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ explanation of being dismissed from last Thursday’s practice)
“He doesn’t have to explain it. I told you guy on Thursday, you’re making too big of a deal about it. What happened happened and he said what he said and we’re practicing again. That’s that.”
(On Seferian-Jenkins’ desire to work hard)
“Yeah, I think we have 90 guys who are ready to do big things and work hard. These guys are doing what they’re supposed to do. They’re working hard out here. As you can imagine, it’s tough in this heat situation to do what they’re doing and [I’m] happy with all of them.”
(On if he has removed players from practice before)
“Back in about – let’s see, when was that, 1984? When I was a high school coach I kicked a bunch of guys [out] – I kicked a whole team off one day. I’ve only been the head coach here since January.”
(On quarterback Jameis Winston’s growth since last year)
“Well, first off you have to remember, when we’re in practice like this, everything is scripted because we’re doing install, the defense is doing install. There’s not game planning going on. We had some stuff that looked kind of ragged today, but part of it we may not have game planned against this type of defense, so we’re just trying to get stuff installed. Jameis can handle a lot and does handle a lot every day. He can handle more than we’re giving him. Compared to last year at this time, he knows way, way more than he did a year ago at this time and also if you remember a year ago at this time, he was probably throwing three or four interceptions every single day and you saw even when things broke down today, Jameis pulled the ball down and ran. That’s one thing we’ve been working hard on is our scramble drill. I think that’s an area that we’ve improved.”
(On linebacker Luke Rhodes)
“Luke is doing well and he is working with the second group this week. There’s still a depth chart. It’s not a final depth chart, but you have to have a – we call it a ‘rep chart’. It’s a way we determine who gets reps where and Luke is working with the second group. He’s off to a good start, but there’ still plenty of competition and a long way until September 11th.”
(On wide receiver Russell Shepard)
“Shep is one of those guys that he’s known for his special teams play, but he’s just always hanging around at wide receiver. You can’t break that guy, no matter how hot it is. Other guys in and out with injuries, Shep is always here. Coaches always say the number one ability is availability and Shep is always available. He’s in the mix.”
(On if the team has any serious injuries)
“No. We don’t have one guy – knock on wood – we don’t have one guy on our team that won’t be ready to go when we come back to camp. Of course we’re going to be very cautious with guys this time of year. It makes no sense – one week left until we take a little break – it makes no sense to hurt guys, with guys that are feeling a little twinge here or there. It makes no sense to push them.”
(On using the no huddle)
“We practice no huddle every day. If you’re out here – when you’re out here you can see we have a certain no huddle period where we go no huddle the whole period and then we’re mixing no huddle in every other single period. It’s great just for the communication part of it, even when we don’t use it for the tempo part. It’s making our defense play defense against no huddle as well, which we’ll see plenty of during the season, so I feel like our whole team is getting better in communicating in the no huddle.”
(On being sent off the practice field last Thursday)
"We have a certain standard here at One Buc that needs to be upheld and I didn't uphold my end of the bargain. I was asked to leave and I left and it completely falls on my shoulders for not being prepared to do what I needed to be doing. It's a learning process and I'm ready today and I'm excited to get back to work and put this behind me because it's not what's important. I'm ready to get to work and I'm ready to hold up the standard I'm capable of, what you expect of me, what the fans expect of me, what the coaches expect of me and what my teammates expect of me. What happened was not okay and it won't happen again."
(On what he learned from the situation)
"Like I said before, there's a certain standard that has been set here and we're trying to continue to raise the bar. How I do that is meet the standard, come to work ready, prepared and ready to do what I'm asked to do and everything will be fine."
(On if he's had a good offseason overall)
"Yeah, I feel like I've had a pretty good offseason, but at the end of the day, regardless of any of that, I wasn't prepared to come to work and I didn't do what was asked of me. I was asked to leave, like I said before, and [Head] Coach [Dirk Koetter] was 100 percent right in doing what he was doing, and I stand right behind my coach and what he did. It's tough. You love the game, and unfortunately I was not prepared. I'm going to be prepared, I'm prepared and I won't let it happen again."
(On if he spoke with Koetter after Thursday's practice)
"I spoke with Coach a few hours afterwards, after the practice, and we got on the same page. We are on the same page. I know what's expected of me and I'm ready to work. I'm excited to get back out here and work."
(On interacting with fans on Twitter on Thursday)
"At the end of the day, it was a lapse of judgment. Obviously, it was not a good day. Like I said, I got sent off the field, I was frustrated and I took it out. I took it out on the fans and that's not fair to them at all, because all they want is a winner, all they want is for me to be successful and all they want me to be is great. So they're just pushing me to be great and I need to respect that. For any of the fans I offended, I'm sorry. I can't wait to get to work and be the best tight end I can be for you guys, so you can support me."
(On how his responsibilities have expanded since last year)
“The more comfortable I get with the offense, the more stuff that they can give to me, the more stuff they can put in my hands to go out there and execute.”
(On how consistency with the offensive playbook effects this spring)
“It’s kind of easier for our offense to execute, especially for not only me, but the other young guys. We have a relatively young team and I said a long time ago – like [quarterback] Mike Glennon said, this is the first time since he’s been in the league that he had the same offense coming back.”
(On if he spoke to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins after last Thursday’s practice)
“Well, yeah. Austin is my friend – his locker is right next to mine, so we discuss everything and everything went well.”
(On the importance of the team following the example he sets)
“Our goal is to get better every single day. You’re going to have some mistakes here and there, but as teammates, we love each other and we’re going to bounce back.”
(On his success playing in no huddle)
“I think me playing fast paced, the more you can cut out thinking, the better you are.  Especially for – like I said – the young guys that we have, we just get up there, you call a play and you go with it.”
(On playing with a fast tempo)
“Any time you can create rhythm and repetition of the same stuff its good and it works, so I like no huddle. Everyone likes no huddle.”
(On what he has seen from the defense in practice so far)
“One thing that quarterbacks always discuss after practice is it’s different. We saw more standard looks last year, but now they are mixing everything up. It makes us better. It’s good that we see all of these different looks and hopefully we’ll see them confuse a lot of other quarterbacks this year.”
(On how the offense has changed since last year)
“It’s not that different, I just feel like we’re more comfortable in the offense because it is year two for and we’re just excited. We’re excited to see how we can improve on our numbers that we – hopefully we can match them or better them because we had a great offensive year last year.”
(On offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Todd Monken)
“I just think he brings that passion to our offense. We see him out there yelling, making sure everyone is up-tempo. We never should lack urgency with Coach Monken around because he is always bringing that fire.”
(On the most important things to get out of this minicamp)
“One thing [quarterbacks coach Mike] Bajakian always says is, ‘Every rep counts,’ so we definitely have to take advantage of the opportunity we have this three-day week and finish off with a bang because we want to have a good taste in our mouth coming back to training camp.”
(On  how much more he sees looking at defenses now that he’s in his second year in the NFL)
“Well you know, I always went by the motto at Florida State, ‘See a little, see a lot. See a lot, see nothing.’ So I’m just paying attention to my keys and trying to go through the right progression.”
(On his responsibilities at the line of scrimmage this year)
“Well, I think just executing the simple things is always the right thing to do. We’re never going to panic in those situations, but I’m pretty sure there will be things down the road that we can put in some different packages or different audibles.”
(On if he has different protection responsibilities this year)
“I have the same responsibilities that I had last year.”
(On his freedom to audible at the line of scrimmage)
“Right now I’m just doing the same things I did last year. This is mini-camp and OTAs, so most of these audibles and things come into game planning, so we’re not game planning anything right now. We’re just trying to execute to perfection. We’re trying to do things right and that’s all.”

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