Arians would like fewer penalties this week

by Gary Shelton on August 15, 2019 · 0 comments

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White should benefit from joint practices./TIM WIRT

Thursday, 3 a.m.

In his second look, Bucs' coach Bruce Arians would like a clearer picture.

Arians, whose team faces the Dolphins on Friday night, would like his team be a bit sharper in week two of the preseason.

"Better execution out of our young players," Arians said when asked what he wants to see. "Elimination of penalties – we had 16 penalties (vs. Pittsburgh), 14 accepted last week, and we've had some more in these practices. I keep telling them, 'You get penalties, you're not making the team.' I want to see that eliminated, the mental errors, I just want to see them play sharper. I'd like the starters to play probably as much as last week and look as good, hopefully."

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On other subjects, Arians said:

(On why he likes where his team is): "It's there because of their work. The guys have shown up, they've worked every single day. We had those two practices all of spring, so our rookies have gotten close to 500 snaps. So, we kind of know what they can do now. It would be easy to cut down to 60 right now, for me. But, again, we've got the preseason games coming up and maybe guys can show up more when the lights come on than they have in practice. They've put in the time. I'd like to have Vita (Vea) healthy, I'd like to have Lavonte (David) healthy, and I think they will be. We're just keep our fingers crossed for that, but then we're right on schedule."

(On the performance by Jameis Winston): "Another solid day – great drive in the two-minute, great catch by O.J. (He is) learning some stuff. He had a miscommunication on a route that was an interception. It wasn't either guy's fault, it was just something new that we put in. Same thing with that last 30-second one – that was a brand-new play. We've never really done anything but walk through it, so I don't get upset with that. I thought he had a really good day."

(On the value of joint practices): "Just good quality competition in all different phases where we can set up situations. We don't get situations in preseason games sometimes. (Miami Head Coach) Brian (Flores) was great about working together, making sure that we were all here to make each other better and put all these situations in for our quarterbacks and our receivers to be in."

(On using tight ends O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate together): "Yeah, we're a two-tight end offense. That's what we are, so you're going to see a hell of a lot of them."

(On whether the joint practices were good for linebacker Devin White): "Yeah, it was good for all of them, but for Devin just to go against someone else, see different sets, make all the checks – it’s not a big deal for him, but it's good for him."

(On his team's rookie class): "Overall, I can't say enough about that class. (Anthony) Nelson and (Scotty) Miller, I want to get those guys back out there. But overall, this whole crew is exactly what we thought they were. (Jamel) Dean really showed up the last two days."

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