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Evans, VJax Excited About Koetter's System

WRs Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson spoke to the media about the Bucs' new offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter.

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The process is just beginning, but wide receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson like what they've seen from the Bucs' new Offensive Coordinator, Dirk Koetter, and the system he's brought to Tampa.

Koetter was signed as the Bucs' OC in the offseason after serving the same role in Atlanta a year ago.

"He's a smooth guy," Evans said after Thursday's OTA practice. "He knows what he is doing. If you look at the Falcons' receivers last year they had some of the best stats. He gets his receivers the ball and on this team we have some really good playmakers at the receiver position. I like the way he gets the receivers the ball, so hopefully we'll have a great year."

Jackson feels similarly. He's been in a few different systems since entering the league in 2005. But this system will spread the ball all around the field and utilize Jackson in several different ways, something he's excited about. 

"Obviously the way I've worked in the past was being very dynamic where they can play me in multiple places and Dirk (Koetter) is having fun with that and he's putting me in a lot of different areas. It's fun to play inside, outside, stretch the field, cross the field, and that's what's good about this offensive system is that we're going to put the ball all over the place."

"Backs, tight ends, everybody's going to be involved and that's exciting because we've got playmakers. Obviously I think now that we're going to shake some things up with our system and scheme and it should be a fun for us."

But the Bucs' pair of 1,000-yard receivers, naturally, will need some time to get used to the scheme, particularly the verbiage. So far, it's going well.  

"I don't know if I would say it's any more difficult than any other offense is," Jackson said. "Everything is obviously a different language, you know what I mean? Most offenses carry a lot of the same schemes as far as route goes. Route concepts, spacing on the field, those things are very similar. But, again, you have a new language you have to learn, and sometimes the terminology will get you when you have to do a lot of stuff on the fly, and a lot of hand signals are being used as well. So I wouldn't say it's super difficult; we're picking it up pretty well."

"I'm very pleased with the amount of progress we've made in this amount of OTAs, and, like I said, it's exciting going into training camp feeling confident that we're not starting to build something, we're just going to polish up in training camp."

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