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Lovie Smith on Jameis Winston's Progress

Head Coach Lovie Smith provides an update on his rookie QB, Jameis Winston.

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Jameis Winston has only been on the field for two days of Organized Team Activities, or OTAs, but Head Coach Lovie Smith already sees progress in his rookie quarterback.

"We are seeing marked improvement, like it should be," Smith told the media on Thursday following the Bucs' OTA practice. "Going from the minicamp to now, he is feeling more and more comfort in the pocket. There is a lot you ask a rookie to do, but Jameis is picking it all up just like we thought he would right on schedule."


Winston missed Thursday's practice to be at the NFLPA's Rookie Premiere in California, an event that a few dozen rookies attend. Smith and the Bucs coaches knew Winston would have to miss the day and doubled his reps on Wednesday. The increased workload resulted in Winston's most successful day on the practice field thus far.

"Yesterday (Wednesday) was his best day," Smith said. "For him, it has been a lot of individual work, but having a chance this week for the first time to go against our best defense and things like that. Again, we have a long ways to go, but we like where he is right now."

What made Wednesday so great?

"For a quarterback, (it's) completing passes and knowing what to do," Smith continued. "We ask the guys to do a lot, some things on the line of scrimmage. He didn't have his training wheels on or anything like that. We kind of threw him out there and he's handled just about everything we have asked him to."

The Bucs' first week of OTAs are in the books; three of the 10 Organized Team Activities have been completed. Winston and the rest of the Bucs will report back on Monday for the second of the three-week program. Workouts will be open to the media again on Thursday, June 4.

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