For all of the character concerns surrounding quarterback Jameis Winston prior to the draft, one trait that was hardly ever questioned was his positive, energetic leadership in the Florida State locker room.

Screen Shot 2015-03-03 at 4.15.32 PMThat said, many wondered if his strong presence would translate to the NFL among older, more mature teammates. But, just over a month into his professional career, it has.

“(Jameis Winston’s) been great,” Vincent Jackson said. “He’s still a rookie and despite being the quarterback position, a rookie is a rookie. They’re going to be a little bashful, a little quiet and learn their way around, how things operate. He’s done a good job…He’s a great guy in the locker room, he gets along with everybody on the field and I think he brings a good energy for us.”

During the interview with Jackson, those in attendance did a double take when the veteran receiver used the words “quiet” and “bashful” when describing Winston. But according to Jackson, the rookie quarterback has toned-down his personality as he remains focused on learning the offense and getting accustomed to the NFL.

“He’s been a little bit quiet,” Jackson said. “He knows to pick and choose his times, every now and then. But for the most part he just comes and does his work and we really appreciate that.

“He has a great sense of humor and a great demeanor about him and he comes out here on the field and he takes command of the huddle, and that’s the most important thing.”

Following practice, Winston was asked about Jackson’s comments.

“It means a great deal to me, because he is definitely one of the guys that’s a captain of this team,” Winston said. “When he says something is going good, it’s going really good. Like I said, I have to get better every day. I’m out here trying to earn a job. I’m out here trying to earn everyone’s respect. It’s very important that I got that from him.”


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6 years ago

His ability to ease his way into a locker room was evident when he went to FSU and as a 19 year old red shirt Freshman led the more veteran players to a National Championship.