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13 August 2015

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS TRAINING CAMP MEDIA AVAILABILITY THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2015

HEAD COACH LOVIE SMITH
 
(On practice)
"We're getting a little bit closer to the Vikings. This is an important practice for us, the first day that we gameplan a little – well, 'gameplan' – where we actually look at them and see how we match up against some of the plays that they ran. Tough game last year, tough loss for us last year against them. And they played well against the Steelers the first time. We get a chance to see where we really are after this first game."
 
(On if the rain delay on Thursday messed up the team's preparations)
"No, we don't…I mean that's a part of life, getting us ready for the season. You have to adjust. We don't miss anything. We just switch up when we have our meetings, we have meetings a little bit later after practice. We were still able to get everything in. You see, for our players, they've been living in Tampa for a long time, so they know the routine."
 
(On players saying camp changes after the first game, and how the coaches see it)
"Well, exactly that. We haven't been able to really finish a lot of plays, so we see our guys tackle, really, for the first time; for our quarterbacks to throw the ball knowing they can get hit on the other side; running backs taking hits all the way down. There's a lot we get just seeing guys finish plays. We have a tentative depth chart, but once you start going against other competition that's when it really starts to mean something. We have a rotation that we're going to use as far as playing time with our players. We want to give everybody an opportunity to prove what they can do early on."
 
(On his plan for the starters)
"They're going to get a few reps, you know. I try not to talk an awful lot about how much, but as a general rule, over a quarter and then we start looking at plays after that."
 
(On if the Buccaneers have had any issues with lack of effort in training camp)
"No, it hasn't been, but it's partly what you're looking for sometimes. If it's a non-padded practice you just have to realize what kind of practice that would be and what we're trying to get accomplished. Our guys are showing up every day. Yesterday was a tough day for them. We stretched it about as much as you possibly could and they responded to it, so we feel like we're in great shape heading into the first game."
 
(On if there are any injured players who won't go to Minnesota)
"No. Unless someone just can't travel, we travel everybody. We want the guys to get used to the away routine, whether they're going to play or not, so everybody will be going with us."
 
(On if he senses excitement in the community about Jameis Winston's first game as a Buccaneer)
"Yes, there's a lot of excitement to see Jameis play for the first time, and our football team, hopefully, too. And with good reason. You had the first pick in the draft and there's a lot that comes with that, but there are a lot of other things that we're excited about also. It's a team sport, and our team has looked good. Four or five positions, I'm anxious to see exactly how they respond."
 
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