Whether or not he’s the best player on the 53-man roster, the quarterback has a responsibility to lead his teammates. Jameis Winston was the unquestioned leader at Florida State and, eventually, the Buccaneers believe he can become the same guy for them.
“As a quarterback, you have to have a certain type of personality,” said center Evan Smith who recently dropped the Dietrich from his name. “Guys want to see you lead. They want to follow the quarterback. Like I said, he’ll get that position in time. He definitely has good habits, you could see that. You can see he kind of has a good grasp of the offense already.”
But while veterans, like Smith, are embracing the young quarterback and taking part in his devopement, they’re not going to immediately follow a guy just because of his collegiate background and No. 1 overall draft status.
“It’s not something that we are just going to let him come in and, ‘Here it is, everybody follow this guy,’” E. Smith said. “He has to learn how we do things around here and he’s doing that. He’s not stepping out of line. You kind of fall into the Bucs way. You will rise through the ranks as the year goes on, but as of right now, follow the older guys. We are the guys that have been doing this for a while. We know what to do. He’ll figure out.”
Through the first three practices, Smith feels Winston has done a great job learning the offense and easing into his role. But for now, while the hopeful franchise quarterback continues to develop, there are plenty of veteran players to lead in the meantime.
“Everybody knows who the rookies are,” Smith said. “All the vets, all the guys that have been here, we have been in here putting in the work. Those guys have to come in and fall in. You will earn your spot eventually… We have plenty of leaders on this team, plenty of leaders in this locker room and they’ll figure it out.
“He’s being himself. You can see that, but for the most part he’s not trying to be like, ‘Hey, look at me’ or anything like that. Like I said, we have guys that lead on this team. We have guys that know how to play football and he’ll learn from that too.”
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