Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston shed weight over the offseason and his teammates have taken notice.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo: Cliff Welch/PR
On Wednesday, Johnthan Banks had some fun with the subject of Winston’s body, though his comments were far from insulting the second-year quarterback.
“This guy was fat last year,” Banks said, drawing laughs. “He came back looking like a DB. You can tell Jameis worked his tail off.”
The greater point Banks was making is that Winston’s commitment and energy inspires the rest of the team to follow suit.
“When you have a guy like Jameis leading your team, that makes everybody want to be like Jameis,” Banks said. “He’s got everyone excited. You could just see him out here yesterday, how confident he is, even in the walkthroughs, making checks and getting guys in place. It’s awesome. Jameis, he’s going to be one of those Peyton Manning-type guys.”
Winston, for his part, attributed his weight loss to finding the right exercise routine and having a full offseason of just football. Adjusting his diet, however, was never part of the plan, adding, “I’m going to eat what I want to eat anyway.”
Asked about Banks’ comments, Winston agreed that the quarterback should set the tone, starting in the weight room. He also wanted to impress his teammates.
“As a quarterback, you have to show these guys that you’re working,” Winston said. “I didn’t want to come back and have them say, ‘Oh, Jameis looks the exact same.’ I had to give them something to talk about, right?”
Winston joked that in a few years he’ll show up looking like Vincent Jackson, one of the Bucs more built players. For now, his new physique will just add to his confidence on the field.
“If you look good, you play good,” Winston said.
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Like WInston, I just hope Banks starts looking like a DB too! Kidding. Nothing but love for Banks. I sincerely hope he has a great year. The guy has been through hell and back with the MRSA infection and multiple schemes.
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