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Winston's "Doing all the Right Things"

After his youth camp in Oklahoma, Gerald McCoy spoke to the media about the Bucs' new quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Photos of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston at Buccaneers OTAs.

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Over the weekend, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy hosted a youth football camp out in Oklahoma, near where he grew up. McCoy met with KFOR-TV, an Oklahoma media outlet, to discuss his camp, the upcoming season, and the Bucs' new quarterback – Jameis Winston.

McCoy said that, from what he's seen, Winston's been doing everything he can to put himself in a position to be successful.

"Jameis has all of the tools necessary to be an elite quarterback," McCoy said. "He's just going to have to put the work in, which he's doing. Jameis is not over-the-top. Everybody says he's such a great leader, he's not over-the-top. He's doing all the right things. He's being a rookie. He's not talking a lot. He's listening to the vets and just playing his role and that's what's going to make him great. When he gets put in the leadership role, he's going to be ready."

McCoy isn't the only Buccaneer who's said that Winston's playing the role of a "normal rookie. Wide receiver Vincent Jackson shared similar thoughts after an OTA practice a few weeks back.

"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. (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."

The Bucs are set to begin their mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday after OTAs came to an end last Thursday. Winston worked with both the first and second teams during OTA practices and will likely continue to do the same during mini-camp as the team has yet to announce a starter.

After mini-camp concludes, players will be off until training camp starts in late July.

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