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

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.

“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

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.”

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About the Author: Mark Cook

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 mark@pewterreport.com
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BucRy
2 years ago

No one has ever questioned his work ethic…I love that about him..it’s always just been more about if he can be more consistent. This is a huge year for Jameis and the bucs fan..we go as far as he can take us..if he ends up falling flat on his face this year, we’ll be in trouble.

Spitfire
2 years ago

In terms of Yards and Touchdowns Jameis is one of the best… His main issue has come from the Turnovers and that is a symptom of only half of the Oline being decent, no Running game and a Defense that forces Him into a shootout on every drive… Anyone that can’t see that is blind… He is a hard worker and capable of so many great things that we wouldn’t have with other QBs… No other QB would succeed longterm under the conditions he’s had since he’s been here and in fact he has performed exceedingly well considering… If we… Read more »

inspecto
Reply to  Spitfire
2 years ago

Spitfire you hit the nail on the head.
Co Bucs !!!

BUC-ASS-BOB
2 years ago

I’m going to give an objective post of what I feel Jameis Winston needs to do .until he starts winning close the mouthpiece he needs to gain 15 pounds of muscle in his legs and butt he should lose 15 lb of fat and water his bone structure will not carry over 230 lb this passes need to be limited to under 20 yards in the air because Tampa Bay Times brought it up when he throws over 20 yards in the air he has the worst completion percentage of any active football player. His eating habits are or bad… Read more »

e
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2 years ago

Once Jameis gets a full team & coach around him, he’s going to be fine.

jerseybucsfan
2 years ago

It’s nice to wave your pom poms. Yay Jameis! Unfortunately it has little resemblance to reality. The Bucs were the most inefficient offense in the NFL last year. When you register over 6600 yards it’s not the line or the running game; it’s the quarterback squandering opportunities. The Bucs underscored their projected points by 75. Score another 75 and we go a lot better than 5-11. So working hard is nice. But smarter would be better.

sunshineben
2 years ago

..Winston was rated 23rd best qb by the nfl which is way below being average… …

skipper
skipper
2 years ago

WTF are you talking about Buc-ass-Bob?

MizzouBucs24
2 years ago

Well sunshineben got his chance to “Jameis hate” today!!! And now Clown-ass-bob is an expert on Winston’s bone structure!! I hope Jameis plays great this year. I hope we sign him to a long term deal worth over 100mil. Because that’s what this team neeeds a QB. If he fails this year we have to start over with drafting another one or even worse signing a old vet that won’t get it done. For this team to have success this year and the future, Jameis has to be the guy. I hope it happens just so “ fans” like clown… Read more »

MNBucFan
2 years ago

I don’t comment much. More of a reader, but that is a drunk ass post. lol

MNBucFan
2 years ago

Buc ass bob

Spitfire
2 years ago

Only an Idiot would be worrying about how much meat is on his Butt and thinks they know for a fact how much weight his “Bone Structure” can handle. Are you kidding me? Again, if Winston has an Oline that was solid all the way across he would be rated in the top 10 if not too 5 QBs. His number 23 rated is effected because of his INTs and trips to the Red Zone without a score and if you think that is all on him you don’t know Football. The guy has performed miracles even with the absence… Read more »

scubog
2 years ago

Isn’t it sad when those folks with an agenda against our starting QB can’t even give him credit for his hard work? Instead, they are professing to know about his eating habits and need to develop a J-Lo butt.

Objective? Not hardly.

Ron Gibson
Ron Gibson
2 years ago

I dunno about guys that talk about the meat on a dudes azz :o

Buc-in-Philly Fan
2 years ago

Any article discussing Winston brings out the trolls who just want to be negative towards him. It’s ok if you don’t like him. It really is. But when you start making incoherent and ignorant comments about his ass or bone structure your credibility is shot. It really makes you wonder what the true agenda really is. Do you Winston haters want him to perform poorly? Are you hoping he does to prove you right? If so, in my opinion, you are not a Bucs fan. You are just a sad person. Keep busting you ass Jameis (not for BaB’s sake… Read more »

MCBRICKEL
2 years ago

Reminds me of a grade school kid, picking on a girl…….because he had a crush on her. Could it be, D-A-B has a man crush on Winston? Why else would he pay such attention and concern to his bottom?

LIBucsFan93
2 years ago

Winston work ethic is one thing I can’t complain about him. Everyone has the desire to win. No one likes to lose. I know I don’t. But here is the thing about Winston supporters. His failures are never his fault. Everyone blames the Defense, RB, OL or the coaches. Now while this is a team sport the QB is one player that touches the ball 100% of the time. How many times have we seen the offense sputter in the 1st half of games? How many times is the defense constantly on the field due to stalled drives and Turnovers?… Read more »

Ron Potter
2 years ago

Winston’s work ethic finally isn’t wasted by a bad Head Coaching regime. In any job, if you put a hard worker on a team with a bad manager it’s not going to look good for the hard worker or the team. Looking forward to seeing Winston’s work ethic and this team blossoming under BA and his staff. The question is…. will one offseason be enough to produce a winning year in the first season? I think so, but it’s not a given and it won’t be easy. The work still needs to be clocked in and it needs to be… Read more »