By all accounts, Jameis Winston has been sharp leading up to the start of the 2017 season.
On the fourth episode of HBO's Hard Knocks, Winston's hiccups were spotlighted, as narrator Liev Schreiber noted an offense generally renowned for having "sync, swagger and success" struck out in all three departments as it failed to generate a touchdown in more than a half of work.
All told, Winston completed 17 of 27 passes for 200 yards and an interception that cut the Buccaneers' opening drive short.
Winston's week was also chronicled off the field.
During one segment, cameras followed the 23-year-old inside his Tampa-area home and offered a glimpse at his relationship with longtime girlfriend Breion Allen―a former Rice University basketball standout who gave Winston all he could handle during a playful game of pop-a-shot:
The jokes continued during the Bucs' rookie show, when several first-year players took aim at veteran defensive lineman Chris Baker, as Pewter Report and Casey Phillips of the team's official website noted:
The rookies were poking fun of Chris Baker's ... lack of enthusiasm for practicing every rep in camp.2017-8-30 02:11:19
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Everybody picking on Swaggy 😂😂😂 #HardKnocks2017-8-30 02:11:07
Then again, Baker has made himself something of an easy target, as NFL Films documented:
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🎥 💣 🙌 #HardKnocks @cbakerswaggy @TBBuccaneers https://t.co/dNyLWvNUEc2017-8-30 02:25:10
The performance of rookie running back Jeremy McNichols was no laughing matter, though.
Following subpar showings in the Bucs' first two preseason games, the Boise State product was benched against the Browns when he missed a blitz pickup, per Pewter Report:
#Bucs coaches going ballistic on Jeremy McNichols for missing a block in pass pro on a play where Fitz was sacked.2017-8-30 02:48:19
"He's gonna get one final chance to show what he can do," head coach Dirk Koetter later told reporters, according to ESPN.com's Jenna Laine.
Joining McNichols on the roster bubble this week was undrafted free-agent wide receiver Bobo Wilson, whose struggles to identify coverage in the film room with offensive coordinator Todd Monken were documented by Phillips:
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"Bobo do you ever watch gameshows? If you hit the buzzer you have to have the answer!" Monken Meetings #HardKnocks2017-8-30 02:27:59
Wilson proceeded to play just nine snaps against Cleveland and didn't record a catch or target in limited action.
The same couldn't be said of roster hopeful Donteea Dye, who worked his way back from an ankle injury to record two receptions for 18 yards. He also had a contested near-touchdown catch in traffic ruled out of bounds, much to the dismay of Bucs players and coaches on the sideline.
Dye, McNichols and Wilson should be back in the spotlight for Episode 5, when cutdown day will take center stage after the Buccaneers wrap up their preseason slate Thursday night at home against the Washington Redskins.