As Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston said as he took to the podium on Monday, “football is in the air.”

This week many of the Bucs players reported to the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning. This isn’t a required thing, and because of that, not everyone who will be on the field for the Buccaneers in 2018 was in the building at the same time. But, it did signal the official opening of the doors for One Buc Place, and it’s the beginning of the long road to get the players focused up and ready for training camp and of course the regular season, too.

The first Bucs player to take to the podium to address some questions from the media was wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Jackson, who normally trains in California around this time of year, told reporters that he thought it was important for him to be here on the first day of conditioning to show the coaches and the players that he’s all in. He wanted to make sure he “showed face” and that this isn’t just something he does to get paid. He wanted to show up and be in Tampa Bay with his teammates on day one to prove he’s as invested as he can be. Jackson said that he would be going to back to California eventually to undergo his speed training that he usually does every offseason, but that he will be in Tampa Bay for a good portion of the offseason, too.

The big question with Jackson going into the 2018 season is certainly his chemistry with his quarterback Jameis Winston, specifically hitting on deep passes down the field. Jackson and Winston spent last week in Tallahassee, FL at the campus of Winston’s alma mater, Florida State University, and were able to throw the ball around to each other for a few days there. Jackson spoke on that being the main thing for them: time together. Jackson said that it took him and his former quarterback Kirk Cousins years to get that chemistry down in Washington. In year two of their relationship, Jackson expects a better performance from both himself and Winston.

One way Jackson is hoping to be more effective this year is with passes that allow him to create yards after the catch, not just deep passes where he’s gaining yards through the air. Jackson’s longest play of the 2017 season was a 41-yard quick pass against the Patriots which he took for a lot of yards after the catch. Jackson hinted that that’s one way to get the most out of his speed and hopes it’s part of the game plan in 2018.

Winston took to the podium after Jackson, and, of course, he was asked some of the same questions about his chemistry with his wide receiver. Winston said he “feels great about it.” He said that it’s always something that is growing and noted that his chemistry with receiver Mike Evans took a big jump from year one to year two.

With a healthy shoulder from the quarterback and a year under their belt, Winston doesn’t seem worried about it at all.

Something else Winston talked about at the podium was the excitement he has to become a father — his first son is due in July. Winston said that even in just the time of this pregnancy, he’s been inspired by his girlfriend who is going through this with him, from other fathers and mothers he’s talked to about being a parent and that has changed his outlook on life. You could see the smile on his face that he had for the excitement to not only be a father but make his son proud, too.

Winston is going into his fourth year in the league, and when asked if it’s gone by fast or slow or just how he thought, he said that success always has it’s curves, it’s not a straight line up. He talked about last year being one of those curves he had to adjust to and keep moving forward with.

The final podium participant of the day was offensive guard — yes, back to guard — Ali Marpet.

Marpet was asked about just that, the transition not only from center back to guard, but to a new guard spot, as he’ll now be playing on the left side. Marpet said that it’s surely a challenge, but that everything in the NFL is a challenge; thats’ something he looks forward to.

The final point of note on the day came from Winston’s time at the podium. Winston’s case with the NFL for allegedly groping the Uber drive is still open. Winston said he’s not frustrated or annoyed with it going on as long as it has because there’s nothing he can do about it, so he just doesn’t try to devote anything to it. He says he knows the NFL has a process and he respects it.

Winston also confirmed that he has not been interview by the NFL to this point.

There is no timetable for when this case is to be closed.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Good to see Desean in the building, it can only help. And I’m impressed with his work with Jameis at Tallahassee as well. I didn’t think he would and I’m glad to be wrong. Jameis becoming a dad is a big thing. The maturity it brings to you instantly can only help him. I’m not a father but I’ve seen what father hood does to a man and it can certainly be a good thing. AS for the investigation, the fact that Jameis hasn’t even been interviewed yet is mind boggling.

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  2. The most interesting quote I heard was from Ali Marpet. He said the following, “it’s gonna be a lot easier, when your playing next to good players.” It could be that Ali is of the opinion that JR Sweezy and Pamphile/Smith are not good players. And I tend to agree with him.

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  3. I think moving Marpet to LG is stupid. This guarantees we arent drafting Nelson. Or do we make Nelson switch to RG? Or does Marpet switch positions yet again?

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    • Nelson is on record saying he can play on either side.

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  4. All I know is that whether Winston is guilty or not, if his name comes up for the wrong reasons anytime after this, I would seriously consider getting rid of him outright. This is insane…

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    • I hope I am just confused by your comment. It appears that you are saying that if someone makes an accusation even if false and there was media coverage, you would get rid of a guy. I don’t want to live in a world where you make the rules!

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      • I think what Charlie is saying is that where there is smoke there is fire. If the accusations continue to come in then more than likely Winston is guilty of something whether its provable or not. Even if its not provable the NFL could still suspend you like in the E Elliot case. Do we want a QB who is consistently going through what Elliot did last year. Will he play this week or not? We need consistency and reliability out of our QB. We don’t need a threat of suspension every year.

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  5. So, why do you think they’re moving Marpet? Hope it’s not just to accommodate Sweezy.

    Is it more advantageous to have your best G on the left/weak side?

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    • Isn’t one the new FE’s taking his old position on the line?

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      • Ryan Jensen the center.

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  6. But that’ll have been the 3rd time by then, speculating obviously but whatever it would be. And that’s pretty damning. Most people, including celebrities don’t get targeted 3 or more times unless you’ve done something, ANYTHING WRONG. Like seriously, calm down geno, guy. Trump rules!!🤘🤘

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  7. Excellent points Charlie!

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  8. I’m happy Jameis is going to be a father. I’m old fashion, what about becoming a husband? This young lady has been with him through all the rough times, she’s a keeper Jameis, do the right thing. I loved what he said about being a father, I just wish he referred to her as his wife instead of girlfriend. Other young black, and white males look up to you, set the right example. Anyone can knock up their girlfriend, but it takes a real man to own it by making his girlfriend his wife.

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    • I thought the same thing Surfer. Perhaps it’s the girl who doesn’t want to marry.

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