Koetter: Bucs may practice some with other NFL teams
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter is talking with reporters at the NFL annual meetings in Boca Raton, and the Times' Rick Stroud has all the updates on offseason signings and changes ahead under the new head coach. A few highlights from Twitter:
-- Expect the Bucs to practice twice in preseason camp with other NFL teams. Koetter said he likes going against other squads and has some "gentleman's agreements" in place already with other teams.
-- Defensive end Jacquies Smith had surgery to clean up his shoulder and may miss OTA workouts this spring as a result.
-- Koetter said he'll open camp with Demar Dotson as his right tackle, with Gosder Cherilus as the "swing tackle" backing up both tackle spots. Kevin Pamphile's versatility will allow him to work at all five spots across the line as necessary. Pamphile and guard Ali Marpet have also starting working more at center, a note to remember with Joe Hawley a free agent in 2017.
-- Koetter said receiver Adam Humphries is an option for punt returns, since Bobby Rainey wasn't re-signed as an unrestricted free agent. Veteran cornerback Brent Grimes is another option.
-- Koetter is aware of the NFL interest in backup QB Mike Glennon and said Ryan Griffin, brought in as a No. 3 last year, is an "ascending" young quarterback that they're excited about, should he be promoted to No. 2 with a Glennon trade.
-- Koetter is excited about veteran linebacker Daryl Smith, saying his production even at age 34 is "incredible."
-- On his WR corps, Koetter said veteran Vincent Jackson isn't "anywhere close to being done" as a productive NFL receiver, and he expects Mike Evans to have a rebound year in 2016, "if we can call 1,200 yards a bad year." He thinks Evans will continue to build chemistry with Jameis Winston in their second year together.
-- Koetter said he was careful to make sure he called Johnthan Banks in person when the Bucs decided to bring in cornerbacks Brent Grimes and Josh Robinson, to make sure he knew they still had high expectations for him this fall.