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Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians hopes Jameis Winston has ‘gotten into the virtual reality’

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New Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians hopes his quarterback, Jameis Winston, gets the hang of virtual reality.

No, we’re not talking about video games. Arians was referring to STRIVR, a kind of virtual reality training for employees and athletes. He told the Tampa Bay Times‘ Rick Stroud on June 8 Winston is learning the intricacies of STRIVR to become a better quarterback.

I think one of the things hopefully, he’s gotten into the virtual reality. Because we’ve got STRIVR now. And it’s amazing. You should probably get an example of it.

But you put goggles on and you can watch our practice. You turn around and see the coaches behind you. It’s the entire blitz drill. So you can sit in your living room and practice all day without sweating and it’s us practicing.

Carson Palmer has it in his house and that was Thursday night for him. All the blitz pickups. You can see both wide receivers. You can see everything.

According to STRIVR’s official website.

“Players can practice anytime, anywhere, just as if they were out on the field, court, ice, or course.”

It’s the kind of virtual reality training which makes athletes feel they’re actually playing. It’s that realistic.

Jameis threw for 2,992 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions in 11 games with the Bucs last season. Can he produce better numbers in 2019? Better yet, can he lead Tampa Bay to a postseason berth? If he does, part of the credit goes to STRIVR.

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