On Tuesday, after the Bucs' first mini-camp practice, quarterback Jameis Winston met with reporters to discuss the day's action. Winston worked primarily with the second team offense while Mike Glennon ran with the ones, as the two continued to rotate like they have all spring. One reporter asked him if he visualizes the day that he'll take over as the team's full-time starter.
"As soon as I earn it," Winston said.
The idea is something Winston has been reiterating all offseason – that he doesn't want to be handed anything and wants to earn his reps. Right now Winston isn't concerned with who's taking more first-team reps, though. He's just focused on getting better every day.
"I'm just excited to play," he said. "Right now (who's taking first-team reps) doesn't matter. What matters is this team gets better every single day and I learn every single day and I get the playbook down pat."
"I feel better every day, he continued. "That was one of my goals of OTAs and now minicamp was to get better every day and earn everything you get."
Which areas in partictular does Winston think he's improved in the most since arriving in Tampa?
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"Just controlling the line of scrimmage," he said. "We do a lot of no-huddle things and the way I communicate that to the offense is clutch." He added, "I was groomed well at Florida State with Coach Jimbo Fisher. That was a big thing of his offense. Obviously in the NFL two-minute situations are the clutch time situations and what quarterbacks are remembered for so you have to put faith in them."
Head Coach Lovie Smith said that who's taking the first and second-team reps won't really be a reflection of the depth chart until training camp starts in late July. But as far as he's concerned, Winston is right where he needs to be.
"He has come a long way in a short period of time," Smith said. "I'm very impressed with the amount of knowledge he has now about our offense. Some of us are leaving and will be leaving. Jameis (Winston) is one of the last guys each day. (Quarterbacks coach) Mike Bajakian has done an unbelievable job with him. Again, I'll make the statement again, he's right on track."