TAMPA — As a No. 1 overall pick, rookie Jameis Winston is widely expected to be the Bucs' starting quarterback from Week 1. But at Thursday's OTA session, Winston worked with the No. 2 offense, with third-year pro Mike Glennon lining up with the first team.
"Jameis and everybody else have to earn their position," coach Lovie Smith said after Thursday's drills. "Jameis is getting his first-team reps. You guys are here on Thursday, and Wednesday he was with the first group then. Don't look too much into that. We just want the guys we think can play to get reps, and we want them to work with a lot of different combinations.
"Jameis is right on schedule. We're not disappointed or anything like that in him."
Winston said he's learning from Glennon and motivated by the competition, and fully understands that he'll have to earn the starting position, however well it might be presumed to be his due to being drafted with the top pick.
"I was never given anything in my life, so the way I was brought up, I have to earn everything," Winston said. "The main thing is to earn the respect of all these players out here."
ABSENT: Neither CB Johnthan Banks nor T Demar Dotson attended Thursday's session, and Smith didn't seem fazed. "I know where both of the players are," he said.
With Dotson out, former G Patrick Omameh worked as the first-string right tackle, with backup Garrett Gilkey working at right guard, ahead of rookie Ali Marpet (back after being sidelined with a hamstring injury last week) and second-year pro Kadeem Edwards.
With Banks out, second-year pro Brandon Dixon worked as a first-string cornerback opposite Alterraun Verner, with veteran Mike Jenkins also getting work at corner.
ODDS AND ENDS: USF coach Willie Taggart and his offensive assistants attended Thursday's workout. Taggart and tight ends coach Stu Holt coached RB Bobby Rainey at Western Kentucky. … Among Thursday's quirky observations was free-agent K Brandon Bogotay consistently reaching the end zone on kickoffs despite only a two-step approach. Bogotay spent his college career at Georgia, logging only 29 kickoffs and one field goal in three seasons while playing behind future Vikings Pro Bowl player Blair Walsh. … Rookies Kaelin Clay and Kenny Bell continued swapping reps on first-team kick return.
AUDIBLE: "I've got two KBs this year in Vincent (Jackson) being the vet and Mike (Evans) being an outstanding young guy just like me, one year older than me. So it's definitely a blessing to have two of those guys." Winston, referring to Kelvin "KB" Benjamin, one of his top targets during his 2013 Heisman Trophy-winning season at FSU
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