View from the golf cart: Hoping to win

by Gary Shelton on August 8, 2019 · 0 comments

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Arians is ready to his Bucs' career started./TIM WIRT

Thursday, 4 a.m.

Bruce Arians isn't asking for much.

Just to win.

Arians, who coaches his first Bucs' game Friday night against Pittsburgh, would like to start out well. The Steelers were 9-6-1 last year and beat the Bucs in the regular season.

"A win – that's the only reason we play the game," Arians said. "Young players, veteran players – you play to win the game. And, organization. Not 10 guys out there on a punt, stuff like that. Just look like we know what we're doing, and I want to see these guys play hard."

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The Bucs want Devin White to play well./TIM WIRT

On other subjects, Arians said:

(On players who will miss the game): "Not traveling: (Jamel) Dean, (Vita) Vea, (Jack) Cichy, (Lavonte) David, (D'Cota) Dixon, (Anthony) Nelson, (Scotty) Miller, (K.J.) Brent, (Scott) Orndoff, (Mike) Liedtke, (Nick) Fitzgerald and (Justin) Evans. Obviously, Fitzgerald and Evans aren't back yet. We did the MRI right away onVita yesterday. There is a little fluid in there, a little swelling, so we'll do another one on Friday. There's nothing really to report on what it is yet, or (the) timetable is as far as his return. We'll know more after Friday. But the original

Winston won't play much.TIM WIRT

prognosis was good. Other than that, good fast practice - we are ready to go hit somebody else.

(On what he looks for in the first preseason game): "Young players – they're going to play the majority of the game, 80 percent of it. One or two of them are either going to get exposed or have good exposure, and that's really what this is all about. That's what we talked to them about it. What they're putting on tape is not just for us – 31 other teams are going to look at it. So you want to put the best thing you have on tape to be evaluated."

(On limited the exposure of the quarterback): "Oh, we do that every year. We're not interested in getting a hundred snaps. Every year it's, 'Where are they at?' We'll gradually increase

Ronald jones II needs to start fast./TIM WIRT

each week a little bit. Whether we play a half of the third game – any of the fourth game, all depends on the players. I'll judge that as we go along. There's nothing set in stone."

(On his views of training camp): "I'm not disappointed with anything. We've got great effort, speed of practice every day. I'm anxious to go seem them play somebody else."

(On Alex Cappa playing right guard): "Right now he's the starter."

(On his love of play-action): "It's huge, a huge part of our offense, and you can't have the play-action pass if you can't run

Cameron Brate is part of a deep tight end group./TIM WIRT

the ball. They go hand-in-hand. It's the easy way to protect, it's the easy way to get the ball way down the field is to have good, hard play-action. Having been a wishbone quarterback, I'm kind of used to that. We only sent one guy out, but he was always open."

(On if Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones will both play with the starters): "Hopefully, hopefully. I'd like to get some little bit of rhythm going but we're not going to play that long [with the first team]. Peyton will not go in with the twos. If we have a drive and they're done, we'll probably get RoJo (Ronald Jones) with the twos. (Confidence) is why I'd like to have him out there with the ones, to have his best opportunities, but his confidence should be sky-high right now, as good of a camp as he's had."

Matt Gay has shown off a strong leg./TIM WIRT





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