With OTA practices being non-contact, meaning not a lot of real football going on, the unfortunate talk of the town last month wasn’t about who was at Buccaneers OTAs, but more who wasn’t, specifically Bucs’ new pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul.
The Bucs traded for Pierre-Paul back on March 22nd, and since his introductory press conference, there hasn’t been more contact or sight of him at all with the Buccaneers. With it being the offseason, that’s obviously to be expected. But, when OTA practices rolled around and Pierre-Paul still wasn’t in uniform, that’s when some questions began to come up.
The main question was simply: why? Why didn’t Pierre-Paul want to show up as soon as he could to start building chemistry with his new team right away? When he did address the media for the first time since his press conference after the first mandatory mini-camp practice, this is what he had to say when he was asked why he wasn’t in Tampa sooner.
“A lot of moving around, bringing my stuff from Jersey, making sure my son’s situated – that’s basically it,” Pierre-Paul said.
I don’t think anyone was questioning that part of his migration down to Tampa. Those are perfectly fine reasons, and, after all, the OTA practices are voluntary.
But, last week after the final mini-camp practice head coach Dirk Koetter was asked about JPP’s timing coming to Tampa and gave another adequate answer, but a different one.
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