We can all debate Jameis Winston’s tenure the past four years as the starting quarterback for the Buccaneers.
We can debate the wins – not enough – and the losses – too many – and we can debate the interceptions and fumbles. Also, too many.
But no one, not even Winston’s harshest critics can honestly debate Winston’s work ethic and desire to succeed.
Bryan and Joel Glazer – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Last week at the NFL League Meetings, in an exclusive interview with PewterReport.com, Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer shared his thoughts on Winston’s time in Tampa Bay.
“I know this much – no one wants to win more than Jameis Winston,” Glazer said. “Just look at last the last two years. Two years ago the injury in the first half of the year, he came back and played well towards the end of the year. Then last year – same thing – second half of the year he played well. And you see that and just know if he can bring the consistency week in and week out – people have seen what he is capable of doing.
“We are excited about this year and I know he is very excited about having Bruce as his head coach. And as always he is working his tail off getting ready for next season.”
The Bucs picked up Winton’s fifth-year option and will pay him $20.92 million in 2019. Winston was the first overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.
On Monday from the AdventHealth Training Center media studio, Pro Bowl wide receiver Mike Evans talked about the two days that he and Winston, along with tight end O.J. Howard, spent working out at the Texas A&M facilities on the eve of OTAs that began this week.
Jameis out in Texas putting in work with OJ & Mike Evans ✈️ 🏈 at the Texas A&M facilitates #GoBucs
“It was awesome. I’m happy to go back any time I get a chance to and I’m happy that Jameis likes to go out there as well,” Evans said. “We got some good work in, and that was our second year doing that. We might do it as long as (Texas A&M had coach) Jimbo (Fisher) is there.
“We were just out there for two days. Two days of running routes and working out with Jameis, training.”
Evans was asks who sets up these offseason own-their-own workouts.
“Jameis, he always coordinates it,” Evans said. “It depends, because sometimes guys can’t make it so he’ll come to Texas, I live like an hour away from Texas A&M. Or we’ll go to Tallahassee this summer and most of the guys will be there. He coordinates those things during the year and tries to get it around everybody’s schedule so everybody can make it.”
Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photo by: PR
Winston’s leadership and work ethic are unmatched, according to Evans, who addressed the media on Monday. Part of what is driving Winston may be a common bond he and Evans share as they are both now fathers.
“He’s always been the hardest worker I’ve known,” Evans said. “That’s no disrespect to anybody. I’ve been around a lot of hard workers, but he’s definitely the hardest worker that I’ve been around.
“I don’t know about having a child and it changing his demeanor or not, you’re going have to ask him, but it definitely changed for me knowing that it’s a legacy you’re leaving behind and everything you do effects your child. So, I think that’s going to play a big part in his life as well.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
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