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04 August 2017

Transcript: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2017 Training Camp Media Availability (8/4/17)

Below is a selection of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quotes from today’s earlier media availability:
Head Coach Dirk Koetter
Kicker Roberto Aguayo
Center/Guard Ali Marpet
(Opening statement)
 “We’ve got some heat. Tampa is back. That’s how it’s supposed to be right there, we don’t have to worry about the rain.”
(On kicker Roberto Aguayo’s day of practice)
“Yeah, he was lights out. Best day of training camp, best day in a long time. He looked great today.”
(On Aguayo overall thus far through camp)
“He’s been good. These guys we talked about in the spring, usually out of 10 kicks it’s a one kick difference. But today, Roberto was money on both ends. I don’t think he missed all day. Yeah, he was money.”
(On if Aguayo had his confidence back)
“He did today. Whatever he ate for breakfast, he better it eat it every day.”
(On if he needs to see Aguayo in a game situation to further evaluate)
“We’ll see because we don’t need to make the decision today.”
(On if defensive linemen Chris Baker and Robert Ayers, Jr. had a scheduled day off practice today)
“Yeah, we’re going to start rolling some guys out. Today’s the third day of four-straight days in pads and some of those guys who have played a while, we need to protect their body. I mean, you see it all over the league. We believe in getting to the first game as healthy as we can and guys that we know what they can do – we need to see some of these other guys and these other guys need more reps.”
(On wide receiver Josh Huff’s catch and subsequent injury in practice) 
“He made a great catch and it’s typical on catches like that, that you get the ball under you and you get the wind knocked out, but I guess he caught his elbow and they’re going to X-ray his ribs and see what he’s got. It was a beautiful catch – hopefully he’s okay.”
(On Huff getting back to practice afterward)
“Yeah, I’m not sure about that. Good observation, though.”
(On the offensive performance and improvement on the deep pass)
“I don’t know if the defense was a little bit tired, but the offense came alive a little bit today, starting in that two-minute period. They went right down the field. DeSean Jackson and Jameis [Winston] had it going a little bit today. This might have been Jameis’ best day at training camp.”
(On the development of quarterback Jameis Winston’s decision-making)
“I mean, Jameis knows how to make decisions. Coming from the program he came from and the record he has, when we’re talking about the stuff Jameis has to work on it’s microscopic. This stuff is so tiny – knowing when to take the check-down, knowing when to go for the big play, knowing when to scramble. Some of our best plays come off Jameis scrambling. He’s an excellent scrambler. When everyone’s not going the same speed out there, it’s not always a true picture. We try to make it a true picture for him, but it’s not always easy. That guy, Jameis, is working around the clock on making his game better. We need him to sleep more, actually, is what we need him to do. He’s making progress. He sure is.”
(On safety Justin Evans and whether he is getting settled in)
“The thing about it is he just hasn’t had a lot of chances to make plays on the ball. Sometimes the ball just doesn’t find you. Of the two new safeties, the ball seems to find [J.J.] Wilcox more than it finds Evans. Wilcox is playing a little bit more in the box and Justin is playing a little bit more in center field. Sometimes it’s just luck of the draw.”
(On whether safety J.J. Wilcox’s ability in coverage has surprised Coach Koetter)
“I don’t think surprised. He has made plays on the ball, he has also given up a couple plays too. I’m not trying to criticize, but you guys tend to make some big accusations based on two or three plays that jump out. I mean, there’s a lot of plays out there. Don’t base everything you report on two plays. There’s a lot going on out there.”
(On the fact that there is only one roster cut-down period this year and whether it helps or hurts him as a coach)
“Helps – no brainer – that’s one of the best rule changes ever. Because you get to that fourth game and you’ve just cut 15 guys and yet you’re trying to rest 20 guys and you can’t rest all your starters. So, the starters you don’t rest are pissed like, ‘Why am I playing and this guy is not?’ It gives all those other guys – those 15 extra guys – the whole league is looking at those guys. Everybody gets every tape. It’s a chance for those guys to shine. I think you’re going to see a more competitive fourth game across the league.”
(On if he's getting in a groove)
"I was hitting the ball well today and I've just got to keep it rolling."
(On his approach to training camp)
"I'm just having fun with it. I'm just relaxing and letting it happen. I'm talented, I know what I've done and what I'm capable of doing. I've done it since I was nine years old. I'm just letting my body take over, really."
(On how his camp as a whole has gone)
"It's been good. Building. Building since the beginning, building in OTAs, starting the first day and just building. I'm feeling good about it. I'm just trying to get consistently better every day."
(On if it's a different mental challenge to kick at the ‘skinny’ goal posts)
"No. Just hit it the same way and just give it a good chance. It does build your focus and your accuracy, trying to hit it into a smaller space. But at the end of the day you just hit it right and it will carry right on through."
(On his longest field goal of the day and making one at the end on the "skinny," more narrow goal posts)
"Fifty-four. The 54 was the one in team [drill] and that one [at the end] was 53 or 52. There were three with the 'skinnies.'"
(On the difference in his approach this year)
"Just having fun."
(On if he wasn't having fun in last year's camp)
"I was just making it more than what it really is. You come into the NFL and you think – there are things that you've got to do a little better. It's a job. But at the end of the day, keep doing what you're doing. Take it back to when you were young and all you did was go out there and have fun. Enjoy the ride. That's one of the things Coach Koetter says, 'Enjoy the ride,' and I'm trying to do more of that."
(On if he was putting too much pressure on himself last year)
"Trying just to overdo things. Obviously you're trying to get better and trying to be a perfectionist at every little detail, but at the end of the day you're going to get too cluttered in your head. You've just got to relax, go out there and have some fun."
(On kicking at the end of several team drills)
"This is something new, sprinkling it around practice, more like a game situation. It's cool."
(On if he actually feels more pressure this year because he has competition for the kicking job)
"You've got to enjoy it, you've got to embrace it. I'm blessed to be out here. At the end of the day, my biggest competition is within myself. It's good to have someone out here just to see, to visually see someone [else]. But at the end of the day, I know what I'm capable of doing. I've done big things throughout my career and I know that I'm capable of doing that and capable of being here. So at the end of the day it's just going out there and having fun, enjoying it and just hitting the ball."
(On how the offensive line is coming together)
“There’s been a lot of improvement in a very short amount of time, but there is still a long way to go as a team.”
(On his transition to center)
“So 90 percent of the looks are very manageable and then there [are] just these little subtleties that you need to get right – those exotic looks, and things like that – so that’s where it gets complicated.”
(On whether making calls at the line has been the toughest part of his transition)
“It’s seeing then communicating, so it’s the seeing part – making sure that we’re all on the same page – yeah, that’s been the hardest part. But again, it’s coming along.”
(On facing the weather during camp and it’s impact on the snap)
“It’s awesome. You can’t really simulate it during OTAs, so to get the rain and to get all of this [referencing sweat] it’s awesome.”
(On whether the defense allows him to face exotic looks)
“Yeah, our defense brings a lot of tough looks and it’s going to give a lot of other teams problems. I can tell already.”
(On the chemistry between him and the guards)
“It’s awesome. Everything is good. There’s a lot less talking. At first, you needed to make sure everyone is on the same page. Now, I can just give them a look or just say one or two things and we’re all good.”
(On how the offensive line is coming along so far this season)
“When we get hip-to-hip and we’re working double teams, we are able to get a lot of movement. When we are doing things the right way – it’s impressive. That’s a big difference.”
(On getting out in space in the second level)
“I think that’s something Dirk [Koetter] always tries to do. I don’t know if there’s any difference this year, but I think it’s always part of Dirk’s plan.”
(On whether offensive guard J.R. Sweezy has been more aggressive now that the pads are on)
“Yeah, again, during OTAs and without pads it’s hard to see how someone plays, but with pads that’s the true test, and we’ve seen it – that he’s a physical and he’s an aggressive guy.”

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