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Dirk Koetter addresses game one of preseason

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - On Friday, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter spoke to media members after a 26-24 win over the Miami Dolphins to begin the preseason.

He began by praising all three rookie defensive backs, Jordan Whitehead, Carlton Davis, and M.J. Stewart.

He liked the way the three of them competed hard and said the game "wasn't too big for them." 

When it comes to rookies on offense, Koetter used the word "average" to describe RB Ronald Jones' performance.

He moved on to discuss how there needs to be more balance in the quarterback reps.

As of right now, Winston has taken about 300 reps, Fitzpatrick is at 285 and Ryan Griffin is somewhere around 250. This will be a big focus moving forward given the nature of how this Bucs team will begin the regular season.

Koetter spoke about the kicking game, which has been anything but consistent. He joked and said Chandler Catanzaro got his first miss (missed PAT against Dolphins) out of the way and has full confidence it should be "smooth sailing" the rest of the way.

The Buccaneers went 3-for-5 inside the red zone against Miami, which translates to 60 percent, a number considered elite in the NFL. As far as this topic is concerned, Koetter said, "better...but not a finished product."

The first team O-line really stepped up against the Dolphins. The unit only played about 15 snaps, but Koetter was impressed with Mike Liedtke and Brad Seaton.

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