Jameis Winston finishes Buccaneers' OTAs as first-team quarterback

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished their OTAs (organized team activities) with Jameis Winston as the first-team quarterback.

Winston was working with the second team during the session that was open to the media last week, but was with the starters Thursday. The Bucs close their offseason program with a mandatory minicamp next week and then are off until training camp starts at the end of July.

The fact Winston was working with the first team is a sign the Bucs plan to go to camp with him as the starter. Coach Lovie Smith said Winston, the first overall pick in the draft, has made steady progress.

"Football is football, but it is different (from college)," Smith said. "The coverages he's seeing, barking out the plays and we're asking him to do things at the line of scrimmage. Just the overall play of the quarterback. You have to go through that process. He's handling it well."

But Winston and backups Mike Glennon and Seth Lobato were far from perfect as all three threw interceptions on Thursday.

"That's a good thing if you're talking defense," Smith said. "Offensively, of course, it's about ball protection and securing the football and we didn't do a great job of that today."