Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sluggish day for Bucs offense in joint practice

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston takes a snap during Tuesday’s joint practice with the Browns at One Buc Place. Tampa Bay’s offense struggled in the workout; coach Dork Koetter said of the unit: “No juice. No one wanted to practice.”

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston takes a snap during Tuesday’s joint practice with the Browns at One Buc Place. Tampa Bay’s offense struggled in the workout; coach Dork Koetter said of the unit: “No juice. No one wanted to practice.”

TAMPA — As was the case in last week's first joint practice with the Jaguars, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter was less than pleased by his offense's work Tuesday in the first of two joint practices with the Browns at One Buc Place.

"No juice. No juice," Koetter said. "No one wanted to practice. … We had balls tipped, we had poor throws and we had bad protection. Bad combination. … Overall, a bad day on offense. I wasn't on the defensive field and Coach (Mike) Smith said we did fine over there."

The Browns had a handful of interceptions — Jameis Winston had a pass picked off by CB Joe Haden, and Mike Glennon had a pass tipped off the hands of WR Kenny Bell and to CB Jamar Taylor. Koetter said the Bucs also struggled blocking against the Browns' 3-4 defensive front, giving Tampa Bay a look it will see in Week 2 against Arizona.

"Today's a good example of why we want to work against a 3-4," Koetter said. "I would hate for that to be a game and be our first exposure to a 3-4."

Longer look: Fans at Friday night's home game against the Browns at Raymond James Stadium have good news: Koetter expects his starters to play into the third quarter. The third preseason game is typically when starters play the longest so they can get work in before often taking the fourth game off entirely.

Welcome back: Browns QB Josh McCown's lone season with the Bucs didn't go as planned, with a 1-10 record in 2014, but he said it was good to see familiar faces again.

"It's good to be back. It's fun to come down here and see some of the guys, and first and foremost, to get good work in," the 37-year-old said after practice. "It's been good for us. Good day, a lot of good work and always fun to see some familiar faces. It makes me appreciate the journey."

So much has changed since McCown's time with the Bucs — a new head coach, new quarterback in Winston and only one starting offensive lineman — Demar Dotson — from the five that blocked for him in 2014.

"It's crazy, but that's the NFL," McCown said. "The main thing is that for the guys that are here, they embrace the change and get behind it. It seems like Coach Koetter and their coaching staff have done a good job, and the guys seem really excited and energized. I wish them the best."

This and that: WR Evan Spencer remains sidelined after injuring his knee in Saturday's game. Rookie G Caleb Benenoch was back at practice after missing three weeks with an ankle injury, but didn't know if he could play Friday. … Rookie CB Vernon Hargreaves worked with the first-team defense, at nickel and at outside corner.

Times staff writer Rick Stroud contributed to this report. Contact Greg Auman at gauman@tampabay.com and (813) 310-2690. Follow @gregauman.

Preseason schedule

Friday Cleveland, 8, Ch. 10

Sept. 1 Washington, 7:30, Ch. 8

Regular-season opener

Sept. 11 at Atlanta, 1, Ch. 13

Sluggish day for Bucs offense in joint practice 08/23/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 10:07pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Protests at hotel before NFL owners open fall meetings

    Bucs

    NEW YORK — A pair of protests preceded the opening of the NFL's annual fall meetings, where owners and players are seeking a way to highlight social issues while taking the focus away from demonstrations during the national anthem.

    A coalition of advocacy groups 'take a knee' outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on Tuesday in New York City.  Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have also kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing.
 [Getty Images]
  2. Lightning's Steve Yzerman: Nikita Kucherov 'wants to be great'

    Blogs

    If anyone knows what it is like to be as hot as Nikita Kucherov is right now, it's Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman.

    Nikita Kucherov joined Steve Yzerman, Mario Lemieux and Keith Tkachuk as the only players in the last 30 years to score a goal in each of his team's first six games.
  3. Fennelly: Longtime Bucs fans, we want to hear from you

    Blogs

    Calling all Bucs fans! Calling all Bucs fans!

    Jameis Winston is pressured by Chandler Jones during the Bucs' loss to the Cardinals Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.
  4. A punter is the state's only first-team, midseason All-American

    Blogs

    Here's another indictment of how mediocre the state's college football season has become.

  5. HomeTeam 25: Football rankings for Tampa Bay

    Footballpreps

    1. Armwood (7-0)

    Up next: vs. Brandon

    Armwood quarterback Devin Black (7) shakes hands with Plant defensive back Keon King (26) after the game between Plant High School Panthers and the Armwood High School Hawks in Suffer, Fla. on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The Hawks beat the Panthers 27-7.