James Winston is the first player in the history of the NFL to be more than 4,000 yards in the first two seasons.
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Originally a seventh-round pick by the Falcons out of Duke in 2013, Renfree saw action in two regular-season games in 2015, completing three of seven passes. Though he spent his rookie season on injured reserve he was Matt Ryan’s backup during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Dirk Koetter, now the Buccaneers’ head coach, was Atlanta’s offensive coordinator for Renfree’s first two seasons with the Falcons.
My point is, there are numbers that the Bucs are clearly avoiding giving out again, even if they’re not retired. The 14, although not worn since Brad Johnson, is not one of them. In fact, it could make its return as soon as this season. Jameis Winston is entrenched as the team’s starting quarterback, but it appears there will be a pretty good battle for the top back-up spot between Ryan Griffin and newcomer Sean Renfree. Renfree has been assigned 14, at least for now. (He wore 12 while with the Falcons, and 12 is currently available with the Buccaneers, so there doesn’t seem to be any specific number attachment for Renfree). If Renfree wins the job, or even makes the roster along with Griffin, there could be another 14 sighting at some point.
Of course, all of what I’ll be passing along is specific to the Buccaneers, but I’m pretty certain every team has some sort of nutrition program. It’s just too obvious of a thing not to do in the ongoing effort to help players make the most out of their abilities.
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The Buccaneers employ a Team Sports Dietitian by the name of Kevin Luhrs, and believe me, he is very much involved with the players on a day-to-day basis. And this isn’t a new development: Luhrs is heading into his eighth season with the Buccaneers. As his bio notes, Luhrs’s “duties include the coordination of all meals and snacks for all players. In addition, Luhrs instructs players how and what to eat based on their individual goals and nutritional needs. He is heavily involved in player rehydration and weight management programs, along with recovery strategies.”
Luhrs helps some players craft very specific meal plans. He’s more than happy to walk with a player through what he calls the “training table” in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers jerseys dining room at One Buccaneer Place, pointing out exactly what he should put on his plate. Even beyond that, however, everything that is served in that dining room is marked with nutritional information using a “traffic light system.” Green is good, yellow is okay on active days and red should be avoided. If you’re going to eat something that maybe isn’t so great for you, you’re going to do so knowingly.
The top of the depth chart at this position remains unchanged, obviously. The first player in NFL history to pass for over 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, Jameis Winston is rapidly turning into that “franchise quarterback” for whom the Bucs have long pined. Tampa Bay has steadily improved as a team during Winston’s two years in town, to the point that they only missed the playoffs on a third-level tiebreaker last season. The Buccaneers fate for the foreseeable future is almost surely tied to that of Jameis Winston.