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#1 02-01-2019 07:32:30

Date d'inscription: 23-10-2018
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Mike Smith spoke to the media before Wednesday’s practice

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the middle of preparing for their week one matchup against the New Orleans Saints. The team will have three final practices before heading to the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Last year http://www.tampabaybuccaneersteamonline … sen-jersey , the defense struggled mightily in their lone trip to New Orleans. They weren’t the only team that struggled to contain the Saints offense last year and they still have Drew Brees, who historically has had great success against the Buccaneers. Defensive coordinator Mike Smith spoke to the media today before practice and gave praise to the signal caller. “Definitely a first ballot Hall of Fame quarterback, he knows how to run the offense with Sean Payton,” Smith said. “He moves the ball around and gets it in different guys hands. You watch the tape and you still see a great player.”The Buccaneers defense is set to look much different than the one they trotted out in week 17 last season against the Saints. You potentially have five new starters across the board, including former pro-bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. Pierre Paul is excited to get his first official game going as a Buccaneer, and Mike Smith has been impressed with Pierre Paul throughout camp.“Jason has a real drive to be a great football player and a drive to understand what we are doing on defense and that’s been most impressive,” Smith said. “The guy doesn’t want to come off the field. When he is healthy he plays 90% of the snaps and that is unheard of in the NFL.”It’ll take more than JPP to turn around Tampa Bay’s defense. Another key player in which the Buccaneers need to produce is Vernon Hargreaves. Hargreaves, is coming off a tough year, but he seems to have grown up a lot during the off season. Maybe the team drafting two corners woke him up, but Smith is noticing a big change is Vernon this year. “Vernon is very comfortable starting the season off playing both inside and outside. He is going to be counted on to be a leader and I think he really worked hard during the off season in terms of changing his body,” Smith said. “He works hard in the classroom and I think he has a very good understanding. We are expecting him to have a much better season than he had last year,and I know he is as well.”Tampa Bay did split the two meetings with New Orleans last season, but their defensive performance in New Orleans was pretty disgraceful. The defense did perform much better in week 17, and Mike Smith gave some insight on why in today’s press conference.. “The difference in the two games was that we had a stretch in the game in New Orleans where for about 15 or 20 plays was just horrid football defensively,” Smith said. “We really did some nice things here at home Womens Chris Godwin Jersey , everytime you play the Saints it’s going to be a different game and have a different dynamic. It’s always fun to prepare to play against a Sean Payton coached team.”Week one match ups are always fun, but the Buccaneers seem to have a little bit more energy to them this year then in years past. We will find out Sunday if that is the case. Jameis Winston is back on the job, though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers still aren't saying if it's as the team's starting quarterback.Winston's three-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy ended Tuesday, the first day the fourth-year pro was permitted to return to the team's training facility and have contact with coaches and teammates.It was a day off for players following Monday night's 30-27 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, however coach Dirk Koetter said the first overall pick from the 2015 draft showed up bright and early, ready to begin preparation for the Chicago Bears.What Koetter declined to say was whether Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has the Bucs off to a 2-1 start while throwing for more than 400 yards in a league-record three consecutive games will start Sunday."I know there's a lot of interest in the quarterback thing. I did talk to both Jameis and Fitz," Koetter began."It's great to see Jameis back in the building. He was here early and working hard. We welcome Jameis back, glad to have him. Short week," the coach added. "He assured me he was ready to go, which I don't doubt for a minute that's he's been working hard."Without elaborating, Koetter said he shared the team's plans with both quarterbacks."We know what we're going to do. Both guys know what we're going to do," the coach said, "I hope everybody can appreciate it doesn't do us any good to tell our opponents what we're going to do. That'll work itself out as the week goes on."Winston started 45 of 48 games over the past three seasons, going 18-27 while throwing for 11 Authentic DeSean Jackson Jersey ,636 yards, 69 touchdowns and 44 interceptions. The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner has topped 4,000 yards passing twice, but has yet to lead Tampa Bay to the playoffs.Fitzpatrick, a 35-year-old journeyman who played for seven teams in 14 seasons, has thrown for 1,230 yards and 11 touchdowns in Winston's absence.The Bucs rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit to make Monday night's game close. Fitzpatrick finished with 411 yards and three TDs, however he also helped dig the hole Tampa Bay couldn't escape with interceptions on three consecutive pass attempts in the second quarter.Winston is expected to meet with the media on Wednesday, when team begins preparation for the Bears.Fitzpatrick was asked Monday night about Winston's impending return and what it might mean for his role moving forward."You know, I have so much fun playing this game. ... I'm here just ready to do whatever it takes to help the team win, and I think that will be my mindset going forward," Fitzpatrick said.Fitzpatrick also started three games last season, going 2-1 while Winston was sidelined with a shoulder injury."This quarterback issue we have right now is not an adversity," Koetter said. "We are blessed. I think we have three good quarterbacks on our roster right now. Not all teams in the league can say that."

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