TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA)- With less than two weeks until the Tampa Bay Buccaneers open their 2018 training camp, head coach, Dirk Koetter is faced with a second consecutive suspension dilemma. Last year, it was splitting practice repetitions among the running backs to account for a three-game suspension for Doug Martin. This year, the challenge may be even tougher. Koetter is navigating a path to opening day with a three-game suspension to starting quarterback, Jameis Winston.
The Bucs secured the services of backup quarterback, Ryan Fitzpatrick, for this very scenario. Last season, Fitzpatrick started three games as Winston recovered from a shoulder injury. He led the Bucs to a pair of wins. But, unlike last year, Fitzpatrick will have the time to physically and mentally prepare himself as the true starter as he will be the likely quarterback for the first three weeks.
Behind Fitzpatrick is another Ryan. Also a veteran, Ryan Griffin is prepared to play a bigger role in the Bucs offense. Griffin has just as much exposure under Koetter’s offense as Winston. But in five NFL seasons, he has yet to see action in a regular season game.
Griffin will challenge Fitzpatrick for the starting role, during camp, making the preseason intriguing for Bucs fans, who will also monitor Winston’s progress. He will be allowed to take full part in practices and games, through the end of the preseason.
News Channel 8, your official Bucs station, is proud to partner with PewterReport.com in 2018 and PR’s Trevor Sikkema shared his thoughts on the Bucs quarterback situation entering camp.