View from the golf cart: Arians likes running backs

by Gary Shelton on August 7, 2019 · 0 comments

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Barber leads the Bucs' backs./TIM WIRT

Wednesday, 3 a.m.

A year ago, there wasn't much they could do most of the time.

This year, Bucs' coach Bruce Arians continues to like his running backs.

“This is a very, very solid NFL group," Arians said Wednesday night. "They each bring something different to the table. You can get everything done within the offense with all four guys, and maybe five with Bruce (Anderson III). Bruce has

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got a little Achilles tendonitis. We’ll get him hopefully in the game Friday night and see what he’s got.”

Discussing other subjects, Arians said:

(On Vita Vea's injury): “I have no idea (what he hurt). I just know I saw him walking in, and he looked fine.”

(On Jameis Winston's performance): “Three in a row. I thought he was fantastic, especially down here — he saw the blitz, got out and made a touchdown on the last play of the game. Yeah, he’s progressing nicely.”

(On receivers struggling to catch the ball): “We went through that little stretch of drops. They all realize that’s not how you make a team and they corrected it.”

(On if he would rather see pressure or see Winston play well): “Both. I think they [the defense] can always bring one more than you can block. We’re not going to block them all — you’ve got to know who’s hot. We’ve done a really good job with our sight adjustments and hot (reads). Especially on the third-down period. That’s a nice give and take.”

(On the biggest improvement he's seen from Winston): Just continuing knowing what the offense is doing and what he’s doing in the offense. Accuracy and just a better understanding of the whole thing.”

(On the leadership of rookie Devin White): “I couldn’t have asked for any more. He knows what he’s doing, he’s playing fast, he’s playing physical. He’s running the whole show. He’s not missing checks. Deone (Bucannon) has helped him a little bit now, Lavonte (David) helped him a little bit. He’s doing fine.”

(On Winston adjusting to checkdowns): “I think that’s one of his biggest areas of improvement. Instead of forcing it down the field he’s seeing 11-yard gains on checkdowns, 10 or 15 of those in a game — that’s a lot of yards. With the backs we have, we’re going to break some tackles. I think really hitting — the first time we were going live and he hit RoJo (Ronald Jones II) and Rojo went sixty on a checkdown, it’s like, ‘Oh this stuff works.’ That’s a great feeling for a quarterback.”

(On where he would like to see his defense improve): “Overall assignments. Just especially the twos and threes. The guys that are going to play in this game need to pick it up. Again, you talk about exposure or getting exposed, and the twos and threes — they’re either going to get exposure or they’re going to get exposed in this ball game, because they got exposed some of them in practice today.”









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