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Bucs offense 'sluggish' in first practice against Jaguars' defense

Jaguar defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks and Buccaneers center Josh Allen compete during a drill in the first of two practices between the two teams. Gary McCullough/The Florida Times-Union via AP

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined the Jacksonville Jaguars Wednesday for the first of two joint practices, and it was what head coach Dirk Koetter called a "sluggish" day for the Buccaneers offense.

"I just didn't think we had much juice today on offense. It happens," Koetter said after practice. "The bottom line is, I just didn't think we were on crisp on offense as we have been in our own practices. But, again, it's a different environment so it was a good experience for us."

Linebacker Telvin Smith got his hand on a pass from quarterback Jameis Winston, his former Florida State teammate. It was intended for Mike Evans, and Johnathan Cyprien was right there on the coverage. On deep pass plays from Winston to Evans, and then during a blitz period with Mike Glennon to Kenny Bell, the whistle was blown before the ball got out, so both plays would have been sacks.

"Yeah, that play would have been a sack," Koetter said of Bell's deep catch, in which he leaped over Jaguars safety Peyton Thompson and cornerback Dwayne Gratz. "I couldn't really see the catch but that play was doomed because they would have sacked us on that play, so I kind of quit watching after that. In real football, that wouldn't have even been a play."

On a trick play where running back Charles Sims threw a pass from the right side of the field, Jaguars cornerback Davon House and safety Tashaun Gipson bracketed tight end Luke Stocker for a pass breakup.

To be fair, sometimes it wasn't so much the pressure that got to Winston, but the fact that Jaguars would stunt their defensive lineman. For example, on one particular play, a "Tex" stunt, Jared Odrick crisscrossed with Dante Fowler Jr., with Odrick moving to the inside and Fowler moving to the outside, allowing both players to get right in Winston's face as he tried to fire the ball off to Cameron Brate.

On another stunt, Odrick lined up on the outside with Malik Jackson to his right, and the two crisscrossed, creating confusion as far as who Brandon Myers was responsible for blocking on an outside run by Sims.

Despite the struggles, Koetter saw positives in Wednesday's practice, and it helped that players on both teams could provide immediate feedback to one another during and after practice.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a touchdown catch from Glennon during 11-on-11s, slipping past safety Josh Evans before Thompson dove at his feet. He maintained possession of the ball.

"That was really good work," Koetter said of the entire practice. "They gave us some looks we haven't seen; especially [when] we had a little third-down period there, they gave us some tricky looks. We'll go back and look at them on tape this afternoon and that's always good learning."

Running back Doug Martin was encouraged from what he saw from the offense from a protection standpoint.

"We see our defense all the time so it's always good to see another defense blitz. We e did a good job picking it up," said Martin, who talked about the importance of Winston beating the blitz and checking down.

"When we're going against our defense, Jameis is pretty used to what they're going to do," Martin said. "Going against another defense, it's good to be that outlet for that quarterback when there's nobody open. It's a good opportunity for us."

Unlike some joint practices, where there's some expected extracurricular activity going on after the whistle, players on both sides were remarkably composed, even with some tough hits, like the one Seferian-Jenkins took.

Players on both sides talked about "professionalism."

"It's fun. It's highly competitive but you know there are professionals on both sides," said Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny. "When it's time to play ball, you're gonna play ball at your highest level possible and still be able to do it with a lot of respect for your opponent."