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Jameis Winston: McCoy can 'bring it up a notch' as leader



While praising Gerald McCoy as a veteran leader on the Bucs last season, quarterback Jameis Winston said Thursday that he asked the four-time Pro Bowler to "bring it up a notch" as a more vocal presence with him guiding Tampa Bay in 2016.

"I just talked to him after the season ... I believe Gerald is a great leader," Winston said after the Bucs' first practice of training camp. "I just know that he has a little bit more in him. You should have seen him out here working with Noah Spence and Kourtnei Brown, things he puts into these players, even me. He's put so much into me. I just asked him to keep doing it, bring it up a notch, step it up, just like I have to do, just like we all have to do ... continue to be who you are. He's a (four)-time Pro Bowler. He's a great force and everyone will listen to him."

McCoy said Wednesday that Winston had spoken to him about being a different kind of leader this season, declining to elaborate on what the change would be, but saying it would be "obvious" by his actions around the team this season.

[Last modified: Thursday, July 28, 2016 11:32am]


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