Jameis Winston has taken to his new offense with purpose.

With no quarterback competition around him, Winston has been able to just focus on Bruce Arians’ scheme and continue to be a leader for the Bucs. There’s excitement for Winston to learn a new offense, as it cuts out the montonity of the everyday routine.

“It’s fun,” Winston said back at mini-camp. “The great thing about learning a new offense is you go back to those little kid days because we get to learn football again. Sometimes when you install the offense over and over again, you can get complacent, but now you got to get back on top like a little kid. You’re out there having fun again, learning the new system even though some plays are similar. It’s just good energy, a nice grind, and like I said, it’s fun.”

Winston has been studying so much so that his coaches have had to get him out of the building. Another staple of Bruce Arians outside of taking shots down field and funny quotes are his emphasis on the balance of work and family time. That’s rubbed off on his assistant coaches as well.

Bucs OC Byron Leftwich

Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich and quarterback coach Clyde Christensen both spoke to the media on Thursday and reiterated firsthand how much they’ve seen Winston in the building.

“Well, he’s over here really from five until five every day,” Leftwich said. “Right now this kid’s over here so much sometimes, sometimes I got to send him home, like ‘you got to get out of here.’ That’s how much work he’s putting in. I appreciate that as a coach but there’s a balance to it. I want him thinking football, but the key right now is when he get out the building, I believe in that. I believe in enjoying your family, spending time, do things, because once it gets started it’s non-stop every day.”

Quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen considers himself an early bird, and yet even Winston has beat him to the building in the morning.

“I know this, it’s early and it’s late.” Christensen said on Winston’s time spent in the facility. “When I pull in here his truck is always in its parking spot.”

He loves the hard work that Winston is putting in each day, but also believes that there’s a method to it all, where not wearing yourself out too early is important.

“I think that’s one of the things we’re addressing,” Christensen said. It’s just making sure that we’re working efficiently. It’s a long season, it’s a lot of stress, you better get your tail out of this building. There’s been times we worked with a couple of workaholic quarterbacks and we just had to have some dead time where they weren’t allowed to, – no football – just no football times. We’ll probably have to do the same with Jameis, there’s just a point where you have to get away from this thing. It’s a pressure packed position that fatigues you and come week 20 of the season or week 21 for the playoffs, one of the keys is being fresh, being fresh mentally and physically. I think that will be an issue with him.”

Christensen mentioned that they’ve had conversations with Winston regarding the effectiveness of quality over quantity.

“We talked a lot about it with him,” Christensen said. “Working hard isn’t always the answer, more isn’t always better. More isn’t always better throwing a football, playing quarterback, being in this building, more isn’t always better. We talked a lot about that and we’ll address it and certainly manage that schedule. With him, it will be having to rein him in a little bit, saying enough’s enough and ban him from the building.”

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The only problem Winston has had on the field has been trying to carry this team on his back for the past four years, three of which he had little or no running game or defense. That has been the main reason for all of the turnovers. We’ve also had to many complacent players in here who were just happy to be millionaires playing a game and didn’t care whether they won or lost. Say what you will about Winston but he is passionate about his craft, despises losing and is a tireless worker. Hopefully BA will be able to… Read more »

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Agree with above. I’ll add coaching did Winston no favors either. You have a QB that’s prone to pushing too hard and not giving up on a play and you basically have no run game? Stupid. The defense was always a joke too. No more excuses it’s time for Winston to step up and I think he will. I’m glad Arians cut the music they are not there for a party it’s work and how the hell can you hear or communicate? Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Right here ^^^ Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

scubog
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As a frequent attendee at Training Camp (with my friend Pinkstob), I hated that noise errrrr, music blaring, often with players dancing instead of paying attention. I really don’t know how the coaches could get their message across trying to be heard over the really loud speakers. No matter what folks think of Jameis Winston, they should at least be able to give him credit for his work ethic. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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It’s great that a lot of you guys are seeing what I’m seeing. I don’t think scheme can be over-emphasized. Just like asking a press corner to play off coverage, asking an O-lineman that’s better suited to play in a power blocking scheme to zone block is not smart. I believe the reason they didn’t go out of their way in the draft (reach) for an O-lineman is that they firmly believe the players they HAVE can run their scheme effectively. As for Jameis, NO-ONE can fault his work ethic or desire to win. Every good/great QB believes they can… Read more »

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The best thing for Winston will be a great running game! Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Culture change. Bravo! Win now! You have most if not all of the horses already. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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Looks like McCoy release is on pause until they learn the level of injury in JPP car crash. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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A running game and a defense that’s not thinking about where they’re gonna hang out on a Sunday night. We need a defense all in and committed until 0:00. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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The biggest issue with Winston’s struggles have been the poor line and his not giving up on plays. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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The biggest issue with Winston (on the field) is lack of accuracy.. Fitz had a better completion % then Winston for the year and also no issue connecting with Djax . The nfl had Winston rated the bottom 3rd of the qb after 4 years. I just get tired of fans making excuses for a number 1 pick in the draft who has been passed over . Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet. Please wait...

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sunshineben, Winston had a 66 percent completion rate last year, what was Fitz’s, 67 or 6?. Give me a break. And have you ever wondered why it is that the only receiver Winston had trouble connecting with was Jackson. I actually saw Jackson change a route one time in the middle of the play and right as Winston was tossing and the ball went harmlessly away from him. Then there was the Giants game where Winston tossed the ball up to him and Jackson virtually gave up on the ball and didn’t even try to attempt to catch the pass… Read more »

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Perriman has the same speed and has not got an ego problem and with Scotty, Perriman will be pushed to produce because Scotty is just as fast as he is and has better hands. Jameis has thrown plenty of deep passes to Mike Evans and the winning deep throw to Goodwin to beat the Saints in the last game of 2017. So it shouldn’t be that big of a problem to improve Jameis’ deep pass accuracy this year because BA will insist on practicing at full speed this offseason on the deep passing game and that will build chemistry with… Read more »

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Sunshineben his completion percentage the last 2 seasons has been around 64. And that’s with playing half games due to injury and coming back too soon from being injured. His QB rating is over 90. And he’s averaging almost 4500 yards per 16 games at 7.9 YPA. Winston is NOT the problem, it’s the Oline, running game, secondary, coaching, and kicker. Oh, so in other words, it’s every single area of the team not named the QB. Put Tom Brady on the Bucs are they’re not a playoff team. Give me a break dude. He throws too many int’s because… Read more »

Diehard Astheycome
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I’m not the ENEMY, again IM NOT THE ENEMY. I hope Arians makes him accountable and Jameis has a 4,500 35 TD season with 10 or less INTs! However stupid throws and carelessly fumbling the ball is now considered great effort and carrying the team? Then why the hell did TB ever get rid of Vinnie T? His 35 pick effort in 88’ was nothing short of spectacular!! I mean no RB worth a damn, a God awful defense and a who ? young Mark Carrier to throw to? If having Mike Evans, OJ Howard, Godwin , Humph and Brate… Read more »