Friday, February 23, 2018
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Winston, Evans hook up for big pass play at Bucs' Trop practice

Big pass play

On perhaps the most memorable play of Bucs practice at Tropicana Field on Monday, Jameis Winston throw a deep pass to Mike Evans, who had drawn Brent Grimes in coverage and came down with the big catch.

Asked about the play, coach Dirk Koetter was at least initially giving Grimes the benefit of the doubt about a few ground rules that players had for avoiding injuries on the unforgiving turf of the Trop outfield.

"There was that one big over the top," Koetter said. "I'm not sure. Brent Grimes was right there. I couldn't tell from where I was standing if Brent pulled off. We had one of those days where we had to be careful with each other — we couldn't have collisions over there, so we talked to the guys about being real careful. It was good coverage."

That, and no rain

The two biggest adjustments for the Bucs at the Trop? First, the quiet of not having fans cheering and the regular playlist of songs they enjoy during practice at One Buc Place.

But also the mental challenge of not having yard markings on the field — the main practice area in left-center field was unlined, while the warning track in right field was marked off in 5-yard increments with red duct tape as a guide.

Joint practices

After today's practice, the Bucs will have more joint practices with other NFL teams than they will full practices by themselves over the next two weeks. They're due to practice Saturday and Monday as normal, then have two practices with the Jaguars next week, a single regular practice the following week then they host the Browns for practices Aug. 23-24.

Public practices

(8:45-10:50 a.m., unless noted)

Today, Saturday, Aug. 15, Aug. 24 (9:45-11:50, practice with Browns)

Note: Admission, parking free at One Buc Place. Times subject to change. Check buccaneers.com for updates.

Preseason schedule

Thursdayat Eagles, 7, Ch. 8

Aug. 20at Jaguars, 7:30, Ch. 8

Aug. 26Browns, 8, Ch. 10

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

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

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