Jameis Winston, Bucs quarterbacks join rookies for some early work

The QB school is voluntary but gives players a jump on learning the new system under Bruce Arians
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) laughs while walking off the field with DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches (56) after mandatory mini-camp. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) laughs while walking off the field with DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches (56) after mandatory mini-camp. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
Published July 22
Updated July 22

TAMPA ― This is a big year for Jameis Winston, who got a jump on the other veterans by joining rookies Monday for the team’s first workout.

Winston, Blaine Gabbert and Ryan Griffin were taking part in a voluntary three-day quarterback school. Rookie quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who was placed on the active non-Football Injury list (NFI), watched from the sidelines.

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Veterans do not report until Thursday with the first full squad practice scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday.

It wasn’t much different than any other day in training camp that included meetings and a one-hour practice where players did individual and seven-on-seven drills.

The three-day rookie workouts give players a chance to review their playbook with individual instruction without the pressure of having to perform with veterans.

Winston has conducted several throwing sessions with receivers, including one at Florida State attended by rookie receiver Scotty Miller.

Contact Rick Stroud at rstroud@tampabay.com. Follow @NFLStroud



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