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27 October 2017

Transcript: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Media Availability (10/27/17)

BUC BIT OF THE DAY: Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston has four games with 300+ passing yards, tied for the most in a single season in franchise history. With a 300-yard game against Carolina this Sunday, he would set a new franchise record.
Below is a transcript of Head Coach Dirk Koetter’s earlier media availability:
(On the performance of linebacker Lavonte David the past few weeks)
“Lavonte was fantastic last week. He was all over the field. He played an A-plus game last week.”
(On the status of cornerback Robert McClain)
“Robert is still in the [concussion] protocol so he is going to miss this game.”
(On the status of cornerback Brent Grimes)
“That will be on the injury report.”
(On how confident he is in his cornerback depth)
“If they are out there for us, I am 100 percent confident. If they’re on our team and they’re out there, then I am 100 percent confident in those guys.”
(On the status of quarterback Ryan Griffin)
“Ryan has looked good. He’s healed up and we’ve got a date here coming up, I think it’s Wednesday after the New Orleans game or something, where we’ve either got to put him down for the year or we have to activate him. Ryan, as far as the injury is concerned, that is one of maybe the side benefits. If there is a benefit of your starting quarterback not throwing two days a week, the side benefit is your number two guy gets all of the reps with the ones and your number three guy gets all of the reps with the twos. I’d much rather have our number one guy throwing, but you are building depth.”
(On if he is more inclined to keep three quarterbacks on the roster due to the status of quarterback Jameis Winston’s shoulder)
“Yeah, there is a possibility. That would make sense.”
(On if it could become regular that Winston will not throw as much in practice during the week moving forward)
“Yeah, once the season starts and you have injuries, you are going to adjust based on those injuries. We do that at every other position. It’s a little bit less common at quarterback, but if that’s what it is, that’s what it is.”
(On if Winston only throwing one day per week throws off the timing of the offense)
“No. He has played enough. Jameis works so hard all during the year. Jameis played one of his best games of his career last week. The second half probably was his best of his career and he’s played some good ones. These guys are pros and it’s not ideal when any of your starters are missing time, but that is just the NFL today.”
(On if he likes to scale back the amount of throws the number one quarterback gets as the season moves along)
“No, because you’ve got new guys, new adjustments [and] new wrinkles in the game plan. I’ve never been around a starting quarterback that wanted to and Jameis doesn’t want to. Jameis isn’t asking for this. This is just something that has to be done right now. I don’t think it’s permanent, but if it is, it is.”
(On if they switched the JUGS machine this week to prepare for a left-footed punter)
“Yeah, we did.”
(On the reason for switching the JUGS machine)
“If you’ve ever tried to catch a spin off a left-handed quarterback or a left-[footed] punter, it’s different. The first time that ball hits your hands in a spiral it’s weird. It almost goes through your hands and hits you in the mouth, so that’s just one of the things that you do.”

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