Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
From the Buccaneers Communications Department:
The National Football League announced on Wednesday that Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week One.
Winston, earning his first career Player of the Week Award, completed 23-of-33 passes (69.7 pct.) for 281 yards, with four touchdowns and a passer rating of 122.6 in a 31-24 victory at the Atlanta Falcons. His four touchdown passes are the second-most in an opening game in franchise history, while his passer rating is the third-highest and his 281 passing yards are the fourth-highest.
The Week One contest marked the second time in Winston’s career he has thrown for at least four touchdown passes. In just 17 career games, he has become one of only four Buccaneers quarterbacks to have multiple games with four or more touchdowns, joining Brad Johnson (four such games in 49 games played), Steve DeBerg (two such games in 64 games played) and Doug Williams (two such games in 67 games played).
Winston is currently tied for the NFL lead with four touchdown passes, the first time a Buccaneers quarterback has held or tied for the NFL lead in passing touchdowns since Brad Johnson in Week 12 of 2003. Winston also ranks in the top 10 in the league in passer rating (122.6 – third), yards per attempt (8.52 – fifth) and completion percentage (69.7 – seventh).
Winston is the first Buccaneers player to earn NFC Offensive Player of the Week since running back Bobby Rainey in Week 11 of the 2013 season. He is the first Buccaneers quarterback to win the award since Josh Freeman did so twice in 2010 (Weeks Five & Nine). This is the third time in team history that the Buccaneers have won the NFC Offensive Player of the Week in Week One (also: Vinny Testaverde, 1989; Steve DeBerg, 1987).
Update: 2:23 P.M.
Winston spoke about the honor at his press conference Wednesday, saying he appreciated the NFL’s recognition but that it’s ultimately a team award.
“It’s an honor, but I couldn’t do it without those other 53 guys out there,” Winston said. “The defense played an amazing game, no sacks. I mean when the quarterback is not getting touched back there, you have fun in the pocket. And everyone was just making plays, so it’s definitely a team thing.”
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It was funny to listen to Koetter’s answer to the question about Winston’s slow start. I would agree with him. A slow start is what he did last year when he threw an interception on his first pass and went on to implode with 3 more during the loss to the Titans. 4 TD’s is not a slow start. Scoring on the first drive of the season is not a slow start. How many 3 and out first drives did the team have last year? Granted, he still gets a bit hyped up at the beginning of games, but he is getting better at managing that. I’ll take a slow start like Sunday’s game any day. The old Sapp defense said “give us 17 points and we’ll win the game for you”. Imagine what they would have done with 31?
Congrats Jameis. Go Bucs!
Good for him, well deserved. GO BUCS
Forgot to add this. Many more to come.GO BUCS
Great start to the season for Jameis and the team. I am seeing a lot of publicity for our guys on ESPN and such. Winning does change everything and I think we are on the path to doing that. This week would be a HUG win so we’ll get a real test to see where we are at on both sides of the ball.
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