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Joint Practice Helping Buccaneers Adjust

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One of the benefits of joint practices is having to force yourself to adjust to the other team and not “stick to the script”

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Training Camp Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coach Dirk Koetter had to be pleased with what he saw at practice Wednesday. The receivers looked dominant, Jason Pierre-Paul made the highest paid lineman in football look like a rookie, and the teams kept things civil - unlike the Redskins/Jets and Texans/49ers.

One thing Koetter pointed out was that doing these joint practices forces you to adjust to your opponent, not stick to what is on the coach’s sheets. It will help them once game days roll around and they have to do it for real and that isn’t something you can quite do when you’re playing against yourself.

“Every NFL game on Sunday is a game of adjusting on the move. So this is the first time other than the Miami game where we had to adjust to stuff that isn’t on the script. So that’s awesome work for all of us. You see what other teams are working on, what other teams think is important. It’s good work for all of us, coaches and players.”

This is one of those details of the game that many people don’t think about, but it’s good to see the Bucs addressing and embracing practicing something they couldn’t without the opportunity to work in Nashville this week.