NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Giants, Redskins

Buccaneers

Buccaneers new DE Jason Pierre-Paul has not attended a single OTAs practice this offseason.

We’d love to have everybody here. That’s a perfect world, and we don’t live in a perfect world, unfortunately,” Buccaneers HC Dirk Koetter admitted, via Jenna Laine of ESPN.

According to Laine, a source closely involved with Pierre-Paul’s offseason training program has told her that he’s training four hours every day.

Giants

New Giants WR Cody Latimer, who is competing for the No. 3 receiver role, believes he will have a good opportunity for a lot of “one-on-one” matchups due to the presence of Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, and TE Evan Engram.

When Odell gets here, with Sterling and [tight end Evan] Engram, there’s people here, they’ll leave me in one-on-one matchups so I’m gonna love to take advantage of it,’’ Latimer said, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post. “We have a nice, loaded offense. It’s a big opportunity, it’s one I didn’t get to have out in Denver. I’m excited about it and making the most of it.’’

Redskins

Redskins QB Alex Smith said OTAs have been productive up to this point and he’s been impressed by the overall work ethic from the team.

We’ve had great work,” Smith said, via Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post. “I think the biggest thing that’s jumped out at me is the work ethic of the team. How much these guys are willing to sacrifice and put in and commit themselves. I think that was apparent from the first day in the weight room when we’re conditioning and running on the practice field. The competitiveness. I think those are great qualities to have. I think you have to have them.”

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