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01 December 2017

Transcript: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Media Availability (12/1/17)

BUC BIT OF THE DAY: WR Mike Evans needs 51 receiving yards on Sunday at Green Bay to pass Julio Jones for the 10th-most receiving yards in a players’ first four seasons (since the 1970 NFL/AFL merger).
 
Below is a transcript of Head Coach Dirk Koetter’s earlier media availability:
  
HEAD COACH DIRK KOETTER
 
(On getting offensive lineman Evan Smith back after he cleared concussion protocol)
“Yeah, I’m sure this is a special game for Evan in a lot of ways. He’s getting the start. He is going to play, hopefully, the whole game. He is going back to a place where he played out his first contract and as you said, it is unusual in these times that a guy makes it to the end of his second contract, but that’s where he is at. Evan has been a solid and versatile player. He has done a good job in his role. At this time of year for several players, their roles are changing. He is one of those guys and I think Evan will do fine. He will be up to the challenge.”
 
(On the challenge of preparing for all three Green Bay running backs)
“Well, they’ve got three backs that run the football. Two of them were out against Pittsburgh. They were playing with – on their depth chart it was their third running back. It looks like on the injury report this week that [Aaron] Jones maybe has a chance to get back. [Ty] Montgomery hasn’t practiced. I usually don’t put a whole lot of credence in those injury reports until we get today’s – if a guy doesn’t do something today. They are somewhat like us in that they’re playing with a backup quarterback and then they have had some injuries at running back as well. We are going to have to figure it out once we get up there.”
 
(On if cornerback Ryan Smith has a short memory and bounces back from subpar performances)
“Well he has in the past. He had a rough one against Minnesota earlier. He didn’t get the start the next week because we had another guy get healthy, but the last time he was in this position he came back strong. In pro football you’ve got to have a short memory, especially at that position.”
 
(On the health status of Cam Brate)
“Cam will be fine. He was just limited. Limited is not out. Limited is just limited for practice.”
 
(On if there are any players that will miss Sunday’s game)
“Yeah. I think the number is going to be six that will be out when you see it (the injury report).”
 
(On how he feels the offense has done in the screen game)
“We run quite a few. We’ve left quite a few yards on the table. Those screens – the key on screens is getting them started. If you get that first block to get to the second level, that’s when you can get some more yards. Even last week was a perfect example. We had three or four times where we were right there and it was a bang-bang play and we just haven’t been as good as we have been in the past.”
 
(On the reason the team has struggled to get into a rhythm on screen plays and if it is because the linemen haven’t been getting to the second level)
“Sometimes it could be that, but other times it’s the guy that’s got the ball in his hands not setting the block up right, cutting to the wrong side. You are trying to kick out and he’s trying to go on the wrong side of the block. Like most of our issues, it’s not one single thing.”
 
(On if quarterback Jameis Winston has progressed with his time each day this week in practice)
“Yeah. He has played a lot of football. He didn’t forget how. There is definitely something for the timing and that was a steady progression this week. He’ll be ready for Sunday.”
 
(On Packers quarterback Brett Hundley’s progression since he took over for Aaron Rodgers)
“He definitely played his best game last week against Pittsburgh. Like any quarterback, whether you are a starter or a backup, it starts with not turning the ball over. In his first couple starts he turned the ball over. Last week against Pittsburgh – three touchdowns and no interceptions. That’s always going to keep you in the game. The other thing he does a good job of is he can use his feet to get out of trouble.”
 
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