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Bucs GM: We want Jameis to minimize mistakes


Because early training camp practices are an immensely poor indicator of future progress, we'll ask you to take the following information with a grain of salt: According to reports out of Tennessee, No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota has not thrown an interception in camp yet.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Jameis Winston was intercepted three times in the first five passes of a team blitz period on Monday. Per The Times, he evened out toward the end of practice.

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And while this could mean any number of things -- Tampa's defense is better, and much further ahead than the Titans' -- it seems to have gotten the attention of Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht.

"One thing we love about Jameis is he trusts his arm, but at the same time we want to minimize mistakes," Licht said on NFL Preseason HQ.

Winston threw 28 picks in two seasons as Florida State's starter -- 18 his senior year -- while Mariota tossed just 14 in three years, including four in each of his last two seasons.

Mariota was playing in a quarterback friendly offense, but it speaks to the risks he was not willing to take.

If that sort of on-field tendency is a future indicator, though, Tampa Bay had better prepare for a learning curve. Rookie quarterbacks can lift a team so long as they limit the devastating mistakes that are so common in first-year players.

It sounds like Tampa Bay is trying to iron this out while there's still time.

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