In theory, a quarterback should improve from Year 1 to Year 2 in the NFL. As the Bucs enter Week 1 of the 2016 season, their confidence in second-year signal caller Jameis Winston comes from more than just a hypothetical, though. In the offseason alone, there’s evidence to support Winston’s taken the next step.
Jameis Winston looks downfield against the Jags defense – Photo: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
“I feel a lot more confident because Jameis is practicing better,” head coach Dirk Koetter said Wednesday. “Every player, not just Jameis, and I go off what I see in practice. Last year we were still in that phase where Jameis was turning it over three or four times every day. He’s not doing that now.”
Winston, who threw 18 interceptions during his senior year at FSU, threw seven in the first four weeks of the season in 2015. Over the next 12 weeks he threw just eight, with seven INT-free games. Koetter still expects some mistakes, to be sure. But with a more mature quarterback, who has a better grasp of the system and his supporting cast, the Bucs will look to take more shots on offense in 2016.
“That doesn’t mean we’re never going to have a turnover,” Koetter said. “But I’m confident that Jameis can go out there, and instead of playing defensive, we can be on the attack a little more.”
The Bucs will debut their more experienced offense this Sunday against the Falcons, who finished with the 18th ranked pass-defense in 2015, allowing an average of 242 yards through the air a game.
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’ve often wondered that when scoring QB play, fumbles (Marcus Mariota) and taking Sacks (David Carr) are not figured into the equation like interceptions. I’ve also thought the distance the ball traveled from LOS to where it was caught and not the YAC should be how the QB yardage is calculated. Easy to have a high completion % and not have interceptions when the ball only travels two yards and you’re your punting after three completions.
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