Bucs QB Jameis Winston performed like — well — a rookie NFL quarterback in practice Monday, throwing three interceptions in his first five pass attempts during a team blitz period.
Bucs coach Lovie Smith, who was pleased to see his defense create turnovers, nonetheless said he wanted to give Winston defensive looks early in training camp that he inevitably will see during the season.
"Our goal is to get Jameis ready," said Smith, who named Winston the Bucs' starting QB when players reported Friday. "We're doing a lot of things that we normally don't do this early, too, to try and give him as many looks as we possibly can. And it was the one blitz period is where he had his most trouble and that's how it should be for a young quarterback.
"We're not inventing defense or anything like that with what we're doing on the other side. Jameis will tell you on some of those plays he just can't make, but it's part of the process of becoming a good quarterback in the league to go through some days like this. Keep in mind there are some scholarship players on the other side that we feel pretty good about. With my glass being half full, I'm pretty fired up about those takeaways we got on the defensive side."
Winston rebounded with a better 11-on-11 period to end practice.