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Jameis Winston works with 2nd team; Lovie Smith: No bearing on starting QB

TAMPA, Fla. -- Jameis Winston worked with the second-team offense Tuesday on the opening day of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' minicamp, but coach Lovie Smith insisted it has no bearing on whether the rookie will be the team's starting quarterback.

Smith has been alternating the first-team work between Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, and third-year pro Mike Glennon, who took snaps with the starters Tuesday.

Glennon also worked with the first team in two of the last three practices that have been open to the media. Winston, however, said he doesn't mind shuffling between the first and second teams.

"I haven't earned [the starting job] until I get it," Winston said.

Smith said his plan is to let one quarterback handle the first-team reps once the team gets to training camp.

"To me, you go through the offseason and they kind of let you know the rotation that you're going to have once we get to training camp," Smith said. "That's what we're working through. Once we come back for training camp, then the depth chart will matter. That's what we're trying to get to that point."

Smith said he's also not concerned about Winston not getting all the work with the first-team offense or constantly facing the first-team defense.

"He's gotten that," Smith said. "You guys come out here every once in a while and you see him. He's gotten plenty of reps. [All-Pro defensive tackle] Gerald McCoy's not getting every rep. It's a long season."

Smith said he wants to see Winston working with different players.

"I have a plan, and a part of that plan is for Jameis to get a certain amount of reps with certain guys," Smith said. "He's gone with the 1s, he's gone with the 2s. At the same time, it's not just about Jameis. We need to get our backup quarterback ready too."

Glennon has started 18 games over the last two seasons and has looked sharp in the practice sessions that have been open to the media.

Smith said he has been pleased with the development he's seen from Winston.

"He's come a long way in a short period of time," Smith said. "Very impressive the amount of knowledge he has now about our offense."

Winston said he feels like he has made steady improvement.

"You've got to get better every single day, and I feel like I've done that," Winston said. "One thing I've gotten better at is controlling the line of scrimmage. We do a lot of no-huddle things, and the way I communicate to the offense is clutch."