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3 Questions for Thursday's OTAs

A few things to think about leading up to the Bucs' second open OTA.

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READ: 5 PLAYERS TO WATCH1. How is Jameis Winston progressing?
Obviously, Winston will be a focal point at Thursday's practice. When Head Coach Lovie Smith was asked what Winston needed to improve on at the end of rookie mini-camp, he said "everything", which is expected for a rookie. When Smith spoke to the media last week, he said that Wednesday's practice, his most recent, was his best, meaning he's gradually been getting better. How has the rookie handled the second week of OTAs? Will his most recent practice still be his best?

2. Who's running sprints with Logan Mankins?
When the first team offense left the field and the second team came on last Thursday, Logan Mankins and a few other players ran sprints on the side of the field. The sprints were not organized by a coach or part of the practice, it appears that Mankins is just pushing his teammates to put in some extra work during their "down" time. Mankins would also run whenever the team made a mistake or was called for a holding penalty. Who will be running with him on Thursday?

3. What's Sterling Moore's role going to be?
At his introductory press conference, Sterling Moore said he took pride in his ability to play on the outside in addition to playing the slot. Last week, he rotated with Isaiah Frey in the slot while Alterraun Verner and Johnthan Banks handled duties on the outside. He's only been with the Bucs for a few months, and it takes time to learn the system. As Moore continues to learn, will his role increase?

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