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      Winston and the Whys SI.comThe challenges are coming fast and furious at Jameis Winston in his first training camp with the Bucs. He’s making mistakes, but the rookie QB is learning from them and asking the right questions. why_zpsq4857lov.pngChris O'Meara/AP TAMPA, Fla. — Patience: a word no one here wants to hear. “JAME-is! JAME-is! JAME-is!” Forty-five minutes after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Tuesday morning practice in this soggy city, a good chunk of a big crowd was still waiting for Jameis Winston to sign for them. But he was done for the day with that. In all, signing and interviewing took up 75 minutes of Winston’s day, and that is just the norm these days for the first pick in the 2015 draft, the man who just happens to be the Bucs’ savior. They hope.Winston looks the part. He’s shed a few pounds since draft weekend, and looks more tapered and sinewy than the kid with the Roethlisberger physique—not chunky, but not Matt Ryan either—who was drafted to save the woebegone franchise three months ago. Part of this is a result of becoming a weight-room regular. “He was the first player in the weight room on the first day of camp,” said one Buc insider Tuesday. “Six a.m. A couple of the coaches had to tell him to save a little bit for practice. He just couldn’t wait. He’s been like that a lot this off-season.”Said GM Jason Licht: “The city’s super-excited. When I go out, I hear either, ‘This is the year,’ or, ‘So glad we’re finally headed in the right direction.’ ”But not necessarily today. The Bucs were 30th in total offense in the league last year, 30th in sacks allowed, 29th in points … with significant holes on the line and at quarterback. And just because they've taken the quarterback of Licht’s and Lovie Smith’s dreams doesn’t mean that quarterback will be a star tomorrow. Or even in December.“You have to know the whys," Winston says. “If you know why then you can make corrections but if you don't know why you did something, then you are stuck. As long as I keep learning the whys, I’ll be okay.” Take Tuesday’s practice, in pads, at the Bucs’ training facility in the shadow of Raymond James Stadium. In team drills against the first defense, the first and third plays of Winston’s day were interceptions—by linebacker Lavonte David and cornerback Alterraun Verner. This came after a three-pick practice Sunday. Five weeks from the first game of his pro career, Jameis Winston is very much a work in progress.But why wouldn’t he be? What rookie, confronted with a great drop-and-cover linebacker like David and a clinging cornerback like Verner, isn’t going to make some errors? Peyton Manning threw 28 interceptions in a 3-13 rookie season. The pressure will come, from the pass-rush and the media and the public, and Winston will have to have answers. He had them after practice Tuesday.On the Lavonte David interception, was it not having his read down?“No sir,” Winston said. “I overthrew Vincent [Jackson].”And the Verner interception—any reason you were behind him?“Yeah, I was late,” he said. “That's a thing with the chemistry. That concept was a timing lapse. We’ve got all the reads—I get those. But when the [strongside] linebacker pushes over, I'm supposed to work backside. So obviously, I'm going to see that on film and I already know in my head what I did wrong.“One thing I've learned is you have to know the whys. If you know why then you can make corrections but if you don't know why you did something, then you are stuck. As long as I keep learning the whys and focus on the positives, I’ll be okay.”That’s important. Remember what offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said in the spring. When Winston told Koetter he wasn’t afraid of making any throw to any place on the field, Koetter told him, “Maybe you should be.”That’s the fine line Winston will walk this season, behind an offensive line that’s very much a work in progress, with either two or three new starters, including rookies Donovan Smith at left tackle and Ali Marpet of mighty Hobart & William Smith College at right guard. (Though Marpet was still working with the second line Tuesday.) He needs to have guts. But he has to know when to fold ’em too.“Look at [Winston's] last couple of years,” Smith said. “Highs and lows. That’s the life of a quarterback. You’ve got to get used to them. They’re coming.”One last thing about Winston, who had a slew of legal issues in college, including one sexual-assault accusation: He was a human headline for three years at Florida State. The best thing that happened this off-season for Winston? He was invisible. We’ll see how long it lasts, but that might be the best sign of his first three months as a pro—being seen and not heard.link

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    • Anonymous

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      I have faith in this kid. I hope he can put it all together.

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    • Anonymous

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      Good article and I fucking love Jameis Winston’s football mentality.  Everything I read him say is almost always exactly what I would want my quarterback to say. 

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    • Anonymous

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      Yes sir. And it looks like he is keeping his head in the playbook and not somewhere else getting into some dumb (censored)….. as we’ve seen with some of our previous 1st round draft picks. It looks like he’s everything we thought he could be, so far.

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    • Anonymous

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      Winston has always been a intense student of the game and always motivated to be the best QB he can be. Very inspirational to his team mates.

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    • Anonymous

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      I have faith in this kid. I hope he can put it all together.

      Ditto. Hope he can start cutting down on those picks.

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    • Anonymous

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      Not buying it. He’s not ready. This could be disaster.

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    • donsgift

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      Not buying it. He's not ready. This could be disaster.

      3 practices into training camp and the chicken littles are already out. Fun.

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    • Anonymous

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      3 practices into training camp and the chicken littles are already out. Fun.

      63915853.jpghttps://vine.co/v/eH6bYKta1WU

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    • Anonymous

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      when will the watt stuff every stop?  we had no chance at watt.

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    • Anonymous

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      It distracts from his Luke McCown love.

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    • Anonymous

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      JC the Weak Troll

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    • Anonymous

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      when will the watt stuff every stop?  we had no chance at watt.

      Yes we did. Washington traded out of #10. Watt went #11

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    • Anonymous

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      JC the Weak Troll

      I know exactly why the team sucks and specific ways to fix it. People don't like the truth.

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    • Anonymous

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      JC the Weak Troll

      I know exactly why the team sucks and specific ways to fix it. People don't like the truth.

      Coming from the guy who wanted to lock up our coke snorting, pill popping, junkie QB to a massive contract. By the way, why do you care about the Bucs? You've stated on numerous occasions that you get paid big money to make big football decisions. What was your team's record last year? And why didn't you acquire Watt for your franchise?

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    • Anonymous

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      JC the Weak Troll

      I know exactly why the team sucks and specific ways to fix it. People don't like the truth.

      Coming from the guy who wanted to lock up our coke snorting, pill popping, junkie QB to a massive contract. By the way, why do you care about the Bucs? You've stated on numerous occasions that you get paid big money to make big football decisions. What was your team's record last year? And why didn't you acquire Watt for your franchise?

      The only way out of this mess might be them hiring me.

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    • Anonymous

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      JC the Weak Troll

      I don't think he's a troll at all.  I'm inclined to believe that he's entirely sincere and is just ... a guy who knows what he knows.  He may not have all that many people who agree with him very often, but that doesn't make him a troll.(Ok, so I post that only to see him saying things like "The only way out of this mess might be them hiring me."  Ok, so maybe he's not above trolling from time to time.)

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    • Anonymous

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      JC the Weak Troll

      I know exactly why the team sucks and specific ways to fix it. People don't like the truth.

      Coming from the guy who wanted to lock up our coke snorting, pill popping, junkie QB to a massive contract. By the way, why do you care about the Bucs? You've stated on numerous occasions that you get paid big money to make big football decisions. What was your team's record last year? And why didn't you acquire Watt for your franchise?

      The only way out of this mess might be them hiring me.

      Why won't you answer my question? What franchise would you be leaving? And why didn't you acquire Watt?

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    • mike25315

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      I know exactly why the team sucks and specific ways to fix it. People don't like the truth.

      Coming from the guy who wanted to lock up our coke snorting, pill popping, junkie QB to a massive contract. By the way, why do you care about the Bucs? You've stated on numerous occasions that you get paid big money to make big football decisions. What was your team's record last year? And why didn't you acquire Watt for your franchise?

      The only way out of this mess might be them hiring me.

      Delusions of grandieur

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    • Anonymous

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      Obviously all we need to do is trade GMac for Amari Cooper, trade Winston for Watt and sign Josh Freeman off the street and we will be Superbowl bound. Fire those cannons.

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    • Anonymous

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      So you wanted JJ Watt. Good for you. He was gone at pick 11 though. We picked 20.

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    • mike25315

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      Not buying it. He's not ready. This could be disaster.

      Nobody asked you to buy it and frankly Scarlet we don't give a damn. We'll just roll on without you.

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    • Anonymous

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      Yes we did. Washington traded out of #10. Watt went #11

      that would have taken at LEAST our first second and 3rd picks, if not a pick the next season.  thats a heckuva lot for a guy that the first 10 teams overlooked.  instead of trading all that for watt, we should have simply drafted cam jordan, justin houston, and rich sherman.

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    • Anonymous

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      JC1500 FAIL #1,233,045,439,037,293

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    • Anonymous

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      Not buying it. He's not ready. This could be disaster.

      what we've witnessed over the last 10-12 years has been a disaster. Nowhere to go but up, dude......climb aboard.

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    • Anonymous

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      By the way, why do you care about the Bucs? You've stated on numerous occasions that you get paid big money to make big football decisions. What was your team's record last year? And why didn't you acquire Watt for your franchise?

      damn, i never read that before.

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    • Anonymous

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      JC the Weak Troll

      I know exactly why the team sucks and specific ways to fix it. People don't like the truth.

      Coming from the guy who wanted to lock up our coke snorting, pill popping, junkie QB to a massive contract. By the way, why do you care about the Bucs? You've stated on numerous occasions that you get paid big money to make big football decisions. What was your team's record last year? And why didn't you acquire Watt for your franchise?

      The only way out of this mess might be them hiring me.

      stupid.jpg

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    • Anonymous

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      Not buying it. He's not ready. This could be disaster.

      what we've witnessed over the last 10-12 years has been a disaster. Nowhere to go but up, dude......climb aboard.

      We had decent seasons in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010. But since 2012 we've been getting in the habit of high priced free agents and ridiculous trades, investing in positions that don't matter and ignoring ones that do. That led to 2-14. So here were with a #1 pick QB that isn't ready to play but has the franchise on his shoulders year 1. They are not handling him right and by disaster I mean a stretch of sub 5 win seasons where there's no end in sight.

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      JC1500 FAIL #1,233,045,439,037,293

      I think you're 5 off by my count... check your numbers again.

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    • Anonymous

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      JC1500 FAIL #1,233,045,439,037,293

      I think you're 5 off by my count... check your numbers again.

      How about when I wanted to pay Revis a $30,000,000 bonus so we could trade him for 3 or 4 premium picks and trade McCoy for premium picks but instead we spent $64,000,000 in 2014 cap numbers and 2015 dead money on Collins, Johnson, McCoy, Mankins, EDS, McDonald, McCown. Brilliant. We could have been out of the this mess of a garbage roster and actually had impactful young players at positions that actually matter. Not guys who just talk about making the playoffs then go out there and lay an egg with the game on the line.

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    • Anonymous

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      We could have been out of the this mess of a garbage roster and actually had impactful young players at positions that actually matter. Not guys who just talk about making the playoffs then go out there and lay an egg with the game on the line.

      garbage roster?  we are pretty stacked.  one or two more drafts and we will be fully stocked.

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    • Anonymous

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      We could have been out of the this mess of a garbage roster and actually had impactful young players at positions that actually matter. Not guys who just talk about making the playoffs then go out there and lay an egg with the game on the line.

      garbage roster?  we are pretty stacked.  one or two more drafts and we will be fully stocked.

      Yea bro, the rest of the NFL is shaking in their boots.

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    • Anonymous

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      JC1500 FAIL #1,233,045,439,037,293

      I think you're 5 off by my count... check your numbers again.

      How about when I wanted to pay Revis a $30,000,000 bonus so we could trade him for 3 or 4 premium picks and trade McCoy for premium picks but instead we spent $64,000,000 in 2014 cap numbers and 2015 dead money on Collins, Johnson, McCoy, Mankins, EDS, McDonald, McCown. Brilliant. We could have been out of the this mess of a garbage roster and actually had impactful young players at positions that actually matter. Not guys who just talk about making the playoffs then go out there and lay an egg with the game on the line.

      What cheat code in Madden do you use to make all of that happen?

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    • Anonymous

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      Same cheat code that gives McCoy the clutch trait.

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    • Anonymous

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      Yea bro, the rest of the NFL is shaking in their boots.

      i doubt the rest of the NFL is a bunch of weenies.  but i do think they will take notice very soon of a koetter/winston led offense backed by a second year Lovie D.

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