Entering his second season in the NFL, Jameis Winston, already a Pro Bowler and 4,000-yard passer, is now the undisputed leader and face of the Buccaneers franchise. The mission for Winston in 2016 is to develop even further in head coach Dirk Koetter’s offense while taking full command of the huddle and leading Tampa Bay to more victories.

It’s often said the biggest improvement for NFL quarterbacks comes in the second season. That’s why Winston’s performance and hopeful progression will be under an even closer microscope this year, and as such, PewterReport.com will return the “Winston Report” throughout the 2016 training camp.

Training camp 2016 is officially in the books as the Bucs concluded their second joint session with the Browns Wednesday, two days before the teams meet for the dress rehearsal game in Raymond James Stadium.

Wednesday’s practice went a little smoother for the offense than Tuesday’s did, though coach Dirk Koetter admitted that he might have overreacted after the first day.

“Well, I told you yesterday I can be irrational after practice. After looking at the tape, other than one period we weren’t as bad as I thought we were yesterday,” Koetter said, before praising the defensive outing Tuesday and looking back at Vernon Hargreaves’ two-pick performance. Back to the offense, though.

“In the blitz period, we looked pretty good (Tuesday),” Koetter said. “Today, we didn’t do as well in the two-minute and then that second one ended with a bunch of penalties. Our defense gets two stops. Overall, our offense was better but we worked on different things. That’s why we call it practice. We still have plenty of stuff to work on.”

That appeared to be case for Jameis Winston, in particular, at least from a bleachers perspective. Winston threw three interceptions – two to former Gator Joe Haden – and was a bit late on a few other reads during 11-on-11 work. He looked his best in 7-on-7 drills from midfield, though, where he completed all seven attempts.

The Bucs and Browns did things a little different on Wednesday, incorporating more joint work on Field 1 with both entire teams present. Offenses and defenses were split at times, to be sure, but there was also some looking on from the sideline as if it were a regular game. Here’s the final count of Winston’s passing reps in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 Wednesday:

Winston’s stats in 11-on-11 from midfield:
– Incomplete on pass over the middle intended for Mike Evans, pressured and forced to throw
– Three straight handoffs

Winston’s stats in 11-on-11 in two-minute:
– Complete to Austin Seferian-Jenkins on quick out
– Complete to Vincent Jackson on 20-yard cross, fit in traffic
– Sacked, threw ball away but blown dead
– Complete to Seferian-Jenkins on quick out
– Incomplete on out near sideline intended for Adam Humphries, caught out of bounds after late throw
– Intercepted by Joe Haden on slant

Winston’s stats in 11-on-11 in blitz period:
– Incomplete on deep ball over top intended for Evans, threw while falling down under pressure
– Incomplete on skinny post intended for Brandon Myers, ball slightly behind and tipped
– Intercepted by Jordan Poyer over middle
– Complete to Seferian-Jenkins on slant
– Complete to Donteea Dye on short comeback near sideline

Winston’s stats in 7-on-7 from midfield:
– Complete to Vincent Jackson on skinny post
– Complete to Doug Martin on drag route over middle
– Complete to Cameron Brate on our, dropped in over linebacker and in front of safety
– Complete to Tevin Westbrook over middle
– Complete to Evans on deep out near sideline
– Complete to Peyton Barber on comeback over middle
– Complete to Myers on short comeback over middle

Winston’s stats in 7-on-7 in red zone:
– Complete to Martin on swing route
– Complete to Jackson on slant
– Intercepted by Joe Haden on slant
– Complete to Seferian-Jenkins high over middle, thrown where only receiver would get it
– Incomplete on seam intended for Jackson, nearly intercepted by Mikell Everette
– Complete to Evans on slant in front of Mikell Everette
– Incomplete on pass high over middle intended for Brate, three defenders present but thrown high
– Complete to Seferian-Jenkins on quick out
– Complete to Dye on back-shoulder seam route

Winston spoke at the podium after practice and said the drive-killing interception by Haden in the two-minute period was a miscommunication on a fourth-down shot.

“On fourth down you have to take a chance, and (Haden) wasn’t really even covering the route,” Winston said. “I just threw it to another guy and he came off his route and picked it off. So a situation like that you have to take a chance. That’s why it’s practice.”

And in practice it’s also helpful to face two of the top cornerbacks in the NFL in Haden and Tramon Williams, Winston said. But the toughest challenge for the Bucs offense this past week has been the 3-4 front of Cleveland, which is why it’s even more critical to take more reps in the dress rehearsal game against a defense that they’re not used to playing.

“I’m looking forward to (more reps),” Winston said. “Our last (two) preseason games have been teasers. Now we actually have to have the mentality, like we’re ready to play the whole game.

“It’s always good to see different looks,” he continued on the 3-4 defense. “And I think that’s helped us. The past few weeks, Jacksonville showed us a lot of good things on defense. And back-to-back weeks we got an over-front team vs. a 3-4 team and it’s real good. It’s difficult but we dig it.”

Winston is looking for a fast start, with no turnovers, in the final and most important preseason game this Friday – basically the opposite of last Saturday.

“Just accomplish all of our goals, like starting out fast and just finishing,” he said. “This is really the last preseason game where you simulate a real game, so it’s going to have that type of feel. We just have to go out there and play and perform.”

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About the Author: Zach Shapiro

Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com
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4 years ago

Watched the practice yesterday and Humprhies put a move on Haden that sent him 5 yards in the opposite direction until he recovered.

4 years ago

Wish Haden was on our team. Best corner out there in my opinion. GO BUCS

4 years ago

Lot of things to watch in this 3rd and most important pre season game. Winston? Kicker? Defense overall? 3rd WR? kickoff returner? Winston needs to get it together and start fast. He looked like crap last week.

4 years ago

Is it just my interpretation or do the more recent recaps of Winston’s throws indicate far more ASJ targets…………and catches? Perhaps the early rumors of ASJ’s eventual demise were a bit premature. Of course, a new “whipping boy” has emerged.

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4 years ago

That’s how we were hoping he would respond after the disciplining- it’s good to see the chemistry develop…
Now, can he stay healthy?

4 years ago

Just an uncomfortable feeling with Winston being so inaccurate in games and practice. Sooner or later this could develop into a real problem during the season unless he starts to become more accurate and STOPS tossing interceptions! Just sayin……..