Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The Bucs first of four joint camp sessions (one more in Jacksonville and two with the Browns next week) is in the books and it sounds like it can only go up from here for the offense over the next three practices.
“I thought offensively we were a little bit sluggish, but maybe that’s due to Jacksonville playing good on defense. I’ll know when I watch the tape,” coach Dirk Koetter said Wednesday after practice, adding that he didn’t think the offense had “much juice” against the Jaguars.
“It happens. Anything I say on (the problems) would be like we’re making excuses. The bottom line is, I just didn’t think we were on crisp on offense as we have been in our own practices. But, again, it’s a different environment so it was a good experience for us.”
A former offensive coordinator who’s already spent a year in Tampa, Koetter tends to be a little more critical of his players on that side of the ball. Though he did find one silver lining in the offensive performance Wednesday.
“I’m a broken record, but Cameron Brate,” Koetter said when asked if anyone stood out. “Cam Brate shows up every day.”
When Koetter first named Brate the starting tight end in early August, there was some uncertainty as to whether the move meant Austin Seferian-Jenkins lost the job or Brate won it. With what we know now, though, it appears to be the latter.
Koetter praised Brate all throughout the offseason – as far back as the owners’ meetings in March – and the Harvard grad hasn’t let him down to this point. By all indications, the once close battle for the role of No. 1 tight end seems to have been settled before the dress rehearsal game in Week 3 of the preseason.
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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It will hard to unseat Luke Stocker, lol
Yep, arguably best the blocking tight end in the game.
the best. we need an edit button.
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