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Winston Playing Role of Normal Rookie

WR Vincent Jackson and HC Lovie Smith spoke to the media about the Buc's first-round draft pick.

Check out Jameis Winston in his Buccaneers uniform for the first time.

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After Thursday's OTA practice, a handful of Buccaneers players, along with Head Coach Lovie Smith, met with members of the media to answer questions, many of which involved the team's No. 1 pick, Jameis Winston.


It was the first time that wide receiver Vincent Jackson spoke to reporters after beginning working with Winston at Organized Team Activities (OTAs).

How does he think Winston has been fitting into the locker room so far?

"He's been a little bit quiet," Jackson said. "He knows how to pick and choose his times, every now and then. But for the most part he just comes and does his work and we really appreciate that."

According to Jackson, that's how most rookies tend to be when they first arrive in the NFL – modest and hard-working.

"(Rookies) are going to be a little bashful, a little quiet and learn their way around, how things operate," Jackson said. "He's done a good job. He has a great sense of humor and a great demeanor about him and he comes out here on the field and he takes command of the huddle, and that's the most important thing. He's a great guy in the locker room, he gets along with everybody on the field and I think he brings a good energy for us."

Coach Smith was asked about Jackson's comments, and echoed similar sentiments.

"I think it is all relative to what the expectations were," Smith said. "You assume he is going to come in in a limousine or something like that. That's just not the case. That's just not who he is. He is one of the other rookies. When you are rookie, you're supposed to be in the background until it's your turn to step up. It's not Jameis' time yet. It will come though, soon."

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