Day two of Buccaneers training camp concluded Friday morning, and a question that everyone around the NFL is waiting for the answer is: can the Bucs QBs get the ball deep to speedy veteran WR DeSean Jackson?”
Well, even though it’s a training camp practice, veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick launched a ball late in the workout and take a look who was racing under it:
— Casey Phillips (@caseyreporting) July 27, 2018
Naturally, there are going to be concerns and questions surrounding the 14 year veteran Fitzpatrick and his arm strength. And, heck, there will likely be some doubt as to how long Jackson, who turns 32 in December, can keep burning defenses deep?
Nevertheless, it’s a huge part of what Tampa Bay wants to do on offense to loosen up the opposing secondary.
And when someone in the press conference with coach Dirk Koetter Friday brought up Fitzpatrick’s arm, the third year head coach quickly quipped:
— WDAE (@620wdae) July 27, 2018
We have written previously that Tampa Bay struggled to find their high priced free agent last season with the 40+ yard over the top type passes that were his trademark in both Philadelphia and Washington. And, that was part of the offensive struggles, as the season wore on and finished at 5-11.
Even more frustration was that unlike last off season when Jackson did not sign with the Bucs until March, he did not work with quarterback Jameis Winston nearly enough in the off season to get timing down on the long balls. Jackson, Winston and teammate Mike Evans had been doing that off season work together both in Los Angeles and at Texas A&M’s campus in College Station, TX. That’s where Evans played, and Winston’s former FSU coach Jimbo Fisher is now.
Alas, Winston is suspended for the first three games this year, so all of the timing work, etc. won’t mean much in the preseason and then, Winston goes away from everything and everyone for three weeks in September.
That’s where Fitzpatrick and backup Ryan Griffin come in for this 2018 camp and preseason, and then the start of the year.
Again, it’s practice and not even an exhibition game, but still there will be scrutiny on everything, including “going deep to DeSean.”
Friday was proof that it can still happen.
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