Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston joined the Ronnie and T-Kras show on 620 WDAE Thursday afternoon, promoting his upcoming youth football camp and delving into topics surrounding the Buccaneers.
After Winston joked that he would be doing his best “Coach (Mike) Bajakian impersonation” while teaching the kids at the camp how to play quarterback, he switched to a more serious tone to praise the coach who helped guide him to over 4,000 yards passing in his rookie year.
It was, in large part, Bajakian’s work ethic that inspired Winston to push himself even harder.
“He’s a tremendous influence,” Winston said. “He helped me so much, just developing my game. At Florida State I was taught well, but coach Bajakian’s mentality and consistent drive, it pushed me.”
The second-year quarterback is also excited to have his former offensive coordinator back with the team, now in a head-coaching role. For a player who claims that he’s always learning and striving to improve, it’s especially relieving to have his first two NFL quarterback coaches guiding him through another season.
“Coach K brought that swag back to the offense,” Winston said of Koetter. “We got things going early and often, and I’m very happy to have him as our head coach. I just believe we have all the pieces there. We just have to get over that hump and I believe we will.”
Giving him added confidence that the team will “get over the hump” is the fact that they have a full offseason to prepare. Unlike last year at this time, when Winston was still a Seminole, the Bucs can get to work early and start building on last year’s chemistry before May OTAs. Winston said offseason workouts have already begun, and he and his teammates couldn’t be any more motivated heading into the 2016 season.
When asked by TKras about the team re-signing Doug Martin, Winston answered with a blunt, yet enthusiastic, “Yes! I’m very elated.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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I keep hearing the biggest jump an NFL player makes if from his rookie year to his second. Wow, I can’t wait to see what this young man does next season. He’ll be a captain and he can lead from the front. Go Bucs!!!!
If it wasn’t for Jameis I would not still be a season ticket holder. He’s the only reason I renewed last year and he showed me I made the right choice and the Bucs made the right choice. He actually single handedly made the Bucs fun to watch again. Them promoting Koetter is the next right move they have made. He is our next Gruden but with much younger players…I can’t wait! I truly feel we will be able to compete week in and week out. You can tell the players are willing to go the extra mile for him and that’s huge!!!
One of his T.D. passes in the pro bowl was the fastest delivery I’d seen him throw all season. Gruden was crowing how fast Winston got the ball off for a perfect strike. I could tell then he had already been working on his game. It showed, and he showed well in Hawaii. I think we’re in store for something special from him this year.
From the first time I saw him play at FSU, there were many times all I could say was “Wow!”
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