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Buccaneers safety D'Cota Dixon plays the waiting game as team facilities close amid coronavirus outbreak

Posted: 6:26 PM, Mar 19, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-19 23:35:36-04
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TAMPA, Fla. — With NFL players not allowed to use team facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic, Buccaneers safety C'Cota Dixon is changing his routine.

Dixon is used to playing the waiting game. The second-year pro missed 2019 with a shoulder injury.

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Now he has to wait on the start of this season because NFL players aren't allowed to use team facilities during the coronavirus outbreak.

Dixon says changing his daily routine is frustrating, but he understands why precautions need to be taken.

"I like to have my routine in place. I don't like to be interrupted too much," Dixon said. "It's a big deal when you have to transition to find that new routine. I think it is for everybody right now. Even people who are shutting down corporations and certain places where they work. A lot of people are going through it right now."

Dixon's one of many players waiting by the phone to see when they get the green light to begin team activities.

"I've been out for the whole season, so I'm just excited to be on the field at all. But I would be even more excited if it was sooner," he said.

The pending arrival of Tom Brady brings excitement to a Bucs franchise, that hasn't made the playoffs since 2007. It also means young players like Dixon will bring their notebooks to write down some lessons from the future Hall of Famer.

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"I'm going to do a lot of watching of him," Dixon added. "Hopefully I can make a play against him in practice or something, so I can have some juice to come up to him and start those conversations on what is it that you do and how do you do it."