Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston is scheduled to take reps with the first team Friday to see whether his injured shoulder will be ready for Sunday's game against the Bills.
Should he play, Winston will be familiar with the defense used by Bills coach Sean McDermott, because the Bucs faced the Carolina Panthers twice each season in the NFC South. McDermott is the former Panthers defensive coordinator.
Winston used an interesting term to describe the Bills' defense during his weekly meeting with the media.
He was asked whether the Bills' defense is similar to what McDermott ran in Carolina.
“Very similar schematically," he said. "The Bills, they have a great team. Their defense swarms the ball. They are aggressive. I call them head-busters. They swarm around the ball. They are trying to knock you out. That’s fun when you see a team that has that.
"I don’t know if they have a chip on their shoulder because they have some pretty impressive wins, but it’s fun to see a team that plays the game like that – all out.”
Asked what stood out about the Bills' defense, Winston said: “The effort. Their overall team effort – you think about defense – that is what defense is all about, you know, guys swarming to the football. They perfect that.”