Before seeing new Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston even throw his first NFL pass, some are already making some bold predictions about his success – or in some cases his lack thereof. And not just fans, but members of the national media.
CBSSports.com NFL writer Will Brinson released his NFL predictions for wins in 2015 for every NFL team and doesn’t see the Bucs making a run at the NFC South this year. While fair, and a prediction I tend to agree with, Brinson, in his commentary on the Bucs, said he thinks Winston will struggle mightily tossing the pigskin to the right team.
In his predictions released on Wednesday Brinson wrote, “I think he’s the most “pro ready” quarterback in this class and will probably have more immediate success than Marcus Mariota, but I also think he’s going to throw 30 interceptions. Yes, THIRTY.”
The former FSU star certainly struggled at times last season with turnovers, particularly in the first half of games, tossing a total of 18 interceptions in 2014 for the Seminoles, and there is reasons to believe Winston’s interception total will be inflated at least the early in his career with his gunslinger mentality. But to say 30 interceptions? The only Buccaneer quarterback to eclipse the 30 mark was Vinny Testaverde who threw 35 picks in 1987.
I see Winston throwing interceptions in 2015, but I would be hard pressed to believe it will approach 30. Time will tell, and I may eat my words come the January 1 after the regular season is over, but if I am a betting man (which I am not) I would certainly take the under.
You can read Brinson’s full NFL win total prediction and see his full commentary on the Buccaneers by clicking here.
ESPN NFL reporter Sal Paolantonio was in California to cover the NFLPA rookie premiere event that was attended by Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.
Paolantonio told the Mike And Mike Morning Show he came away very impressed with Winston, saying “he has a natural leadership charisma” and was a “man among his peers.”
Will that translate into wins on Sunday next fall for the Bucs? No one knows for sure, but this is just another example of what prompted the Bucs to draft Winston with the first overall pick back on May 30.
To listen to the full interview which also covered other NFL topics, click here.
PN NFL reporter Sal Paolantonio covers the NFLPA rookie pr
Mike Glennon met with the media on Thursday for the first time since the Bucs drafted Jameis Winston, who they hope is the team’s future. Despite being virtually demoted for the second straight year (Tampa Bay handed the starting job to free agent Josh McCown before camp last season), Glennon is approaching this season as if he is the starter.
“I think that is all there is to do,” Glennon said. “As a quarterback, you want to be the guy, work like you are going to be the guy and be the the best player you can be. Take it one day at a time and that’s all you can really do.”
But Glennon sees the attributes that attracted the Bucs to Winston.
“He is a sharp kid, he is intelligent, he throws the ball well and he is young,” Glennon said. “He has a bright future ahead of him.”
PewterReport.com asked Glennon on Thursday if he and Winston can benefit each other.
“I think you can always from the group – everyone brings something different to the table – some people are better at different areas that the others so you can watch each other’s game and learn from that. Every rep I am out there he can take from me and every rep he is out there I can learn from him. It is about getting those mental reps and every play just do that, and I think we can help each other.”
Despite the Buccaneers drafting what most likely is his replacement, Glennon told the media he has no desire to ask for a trade.
“I love it here in Tampa and this has been my home the last two years and I am happy to be here,” Glennon said. “I am happy to have Dirk (Koetter) around and I feel like I am going to learn a lot from him and continue to grow as a player and I have always wanted to be here in Tampa.”
Despite not being in the building or on the practice field Thursday at One Buc Place, new quarterback Jameis Winston was still the main topic of conversation following Thursday’s OTA practice.
Head coach Lovie Smith was asked about what he saw from Winston – who is attending a rookie premiere event in California – the two days of practice before the former FSU star left for the NFL commitment.
“We have seen marked improvement, like it should be, from the rookie mini-camp to now,” Smith said. “He is feeling more and more confident, in the pocket picking (things) up. There is lot you ask a rookie to do. Jameis is picking it all up just like we thought he would. Right on schedule.”
Smith was also asked if there have been any surprises with Winston early on.
“You don’t want to be surprised as much as anything,” Smith said. “You think you have something and you get something else. No, he has been everything – he is a football junkie. We knew that before hand, we have to kind of tell him when to leave. We expected to have to do (that). He takes coaching well. Yesterday was his best day. For him there has been a lot of individual work but having a chance this week for the first time to go against our best defense and things like that. But again, we have a long way to go but we like where we are at right now.”
Local media members have been waiting nearly a month to see new Bucs QB Jameis Winston under center working with the full offensive roster. But the media – and fans – will have to wait another week, as it was announced on Tuesday that Winston will be flying to California on Wednesday evening to attend the NFLPA’s Rookie Premiere event. The overall No. 1 pick in last April’s NFL Draft won’t be alone though, as 39 other high drafted rookies will also join the former FSU star.
OTAs will continue over the next two weeks, where Winston will be in attendance and the media will be able to view the entire practice. Following the OTAs the Bucs have a mandatory mini-camp that will take place in June (16th-18th) then will be given a long break until the start of training camp which is expected to begin on or around July 31. No official dates and times have been announced, but camp will be held at One Buc Place like it has been the last several years since returning back to Tampa from Orlando where the team trained for a few years under former head coach Jon Gruden.
Despite Winston not attending on Thursday, PewterReport.com will of course still be attending, and have full detailed practice reports later in the afternoon.
This weekend, Buccaneers.com rolled out another edition of their roundtable discussion called the Pewter Panel. PewterReport.com publisher and senior beat writer Scott Reynolds joined former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht, Buccaneers.com senior writer Scott Smith and radio broadcast host T.J. Rives to discuss the Bucs post draft. In this episode the group answers some Bucs fans questions.
To watch the final segment, click here.
This weekend, Buccaneers.com rolled out another edition of their roundtable discussion called the Pewter Panel. PewterReport.com publisher and senior beat writer Scott Reynolds joined former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht, Buccaneers.com senior writer Scott Smith and radio broadcast host T.J. Rives to discuss the Bucs post draft. In this episode the group talks about the later round Bucs draft picks.
To watch the third part of the series, click here.
This weekend, Buccaneers.com rolled out another edition of their roundtable discussion called the Pewter Panel. PewterReport.com publisher and senior beat writer Scott Reynolds joined former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht, Buccaneers.com senior writer Scott Smith and radio broadcast host T.J. Rives to discuss the Bucs post draft. In this episode the group talked about the newest members of the Bucs offensive line.
To watch the second episode, click here.
This weekend, Buccaneers.com rolled out another edition of their roundtable discussion called the Pewter Panel. PewterReport.com publisher and senior beat writer Scott Reynolds joined former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht, Buccaneers.com senior writer Scott Smith and radio broadcast host T.J. Rives to discuss the Bucs post draft. In this episode the group talk about first round draft pick Jameis Winston.
To watch the first segment, click here.
Last spring when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced an overhaul of their pewter and red uniforms it was met with skepticism by some fans. After they were released it went from skepticism to down right anger by a segment of Bucs fans and even other NFL fans across the country.
With a twice as big as before flag helmet logo, and what some said was a futuristic font for the numbers –alarm clocks or patterned after the FOX show “24″ some have said – the new Bucs uniforms weren’t an overwhelming smash as the ones in 1997 when the team moved away from the old orange and white.
Today most fans and uniform critics have accepted the new look, and as in my case, have kind of forgotten what the previous ones looked like unless I see an old photo or a slightly balding overweight guy in a No. 40 Alstott jersey trying to relive his youth ( How much you wanna make a bet I can throw a football over them mountains? –Uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite) playing catch with his kids during tailgates before Bucs home game.
This week on ESPN.go.com Paul Lukas @UniWatch decided to rank all 32 team’s uniforms from first to last. Where did the Bucs uniforms rank? Let’s just say you will need to scroll down pretty far to find out. Of course most people would agree the new Bucs uniforms would look a lot better on a playoff team rather than a 2-14 team. I suspect as the Bucs get better, so will people’s opinions of their uniforms.
To see the full list, click here.