TAMPA — Bucs fans weren’t braced for what they saw in training camp Saturday.
QB Jameis Winston, the franchise savior, practiced with a small brace on his left knee.
No, coach Dirk Koetter was quick to say, Winston does not have a knee injury. He is trying out the brace as a preventive measure. He isn’t committed to wearing it during the season.
“Jameis was going to start wearing that brace (Friday),” Koetter said. “The brace they sent didn’t fit right. They had to get a new one sent in. A lot of quarterbacks in the league wear knee braces on one leg. That’s the latest and greatest technology. He’s demo-ing it out to see how it goes. He doesn’t have any injury. It’s all preventative and precautionary. We’ll see how it goes.”
Winston is wearing the brace on his left knee because it is the most vulnerable to being hit when he strides into a throw.
“On a lot of those guys, especially those big guys, when they stride into it and they lock out one leg, that can be a problem,” Koetter said. “Don’t go crazy on it. This isn’t your story of the day that Jameis had a knee brace on. We’ll see how it goes.”
Making splash plays in the rain
WR DeSean Jackson (right), brought in as the deep threat the Bucs have lacked, got two long passes from QB Jameis Winston at the end of practice. Jackson got behind the defense for one easy deep ball, then in pouring rain made a juggling catch, delighting the capacity crowd. The defense made plays as well. CB Brent Grimes (left) had a leaping pass breakup. S Chris Conte broke up a deep ball to WR Mike Evans. S J.J. Wilcox made an interception on a deflected pass. The Bucs were in shorts for…
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