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PewterReport.com analyzes the top players in the 2019 NFL Draft with its position previews. Mark Cook previews the quarterback position with a comprehensive look at what the Bucs have and what they need under center, a detailed list of this year’s top quarterbacks, and Scott Reynolds offers up the annual PewterReport.com Bucs’ Best Bets – one early round pick, and a pick from the later rounds.

What The Bucs Have At Quarterback

The 2019 season is all about Jameis Winston. The eggs are all in No. 3’s basket and the team will succeed or fail with Winston at the helm. Winston, who is entering his fifth-year option and making $20.92 million, is coming off of an up and down 2018 season that saw him miss three games due to an NFL suspension, and then benched before regaining the starting job in late November and holding it through the final six games of the season where he played some of the best football of his four-year career, throwing just three interceptions over the final month and a half of the season. Winston finished 2019 with 2,992 passing yards on 244-of-378 attempts with 19 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs chose to allow backup Ryan Fitzpatrick to walk in free agency, and the bearded veteran signed a two-year deal with the Dolphins to be their starter. Tampa Bay did re-sign third-string quarterback Ryan Griffin, and he will compete with the recently signed Blaine Gabbert for the right to backup Winston in 2019. Gabbert, who played for Arians in Arizona, and most recently the Tennessee Titans, is the most experienced of the two and probably has the early edge. The former first-rounder started three games for Tennessee in 2018 in relief of an injured Marcus Mariota and had four touchdowns with four interceptions.

What The Bucs Need At Quarterback

What the Bucs need at quarterback is still yet to be determined. Will Winston be the first drafted Tampa Bay quarterback in franchise history to sign a second contract, or will he go down as one of many who flamed out and never lived up to expectations?

If Winston plays well and is given a new deal, then it really doesn’t matter much who the backup is. But if it doesn’t work out then the Bucs are in a precarious spot in 2020 with no other option waiting in the wings.

Unless Tampa Bay takes a quarterback at some point in this year’s draft.

It is unlikely the Bucs draft one early, but could look to bring in a young arm who can be groomed and become that diamond in the rough. Buffalo’s Tyree Jackson, who impressed at the Senior Bowl, could be one of those type of players who could spend a year developing into a sound backup and one day even become a starter if Winston isn’t re-signed next offseason. Another name to keep an eye on is another small school player in Central Connecticut State’s Jacob Dolegala.

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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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Dman
Dman(@dman)
2 years ago

Pretty weak QB class, wouldn’t waste a draft pick on the position this year.

Buc stops here
Buc stops here(@buc-stops-here)
2 years ago

“If Winston plays well and is given a new deal, then it really doesn’t matter much who the backup is. But if it doesn’t work out then the Bucs are in a precarious spot in 2020 with no other option waiting in the wings.”

That is the truth – believed this for awhile. Let the rebuilding begin if Winston does not succeed this year. The Bucs have no option unless they get really luck and draft a top QB in a late round (like some teams manage to do, like the Patrtiots – but it is pretty rare).

surferdudes
surferdudes(@surferdudes)
2 years ago

No sense in keeping both Blaine, and Griffin, use a late round pick on a Q.B. as your third to develop. Our new H.C. is known as a Q.B. whisperer, whatever the hell that is, might as well take advantage of that by letting him develop one. Going to be more interesting this training camp when we practice with the Fins, and Fitz. Be great to get his take on what changes he sees in his old team. Looking forward to see what we do in the draft. I’ve been thinking with all these talented DT’s, and DE’s that will… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast(@drdneast)
2 years ago

Pewter Report says, “The 2019 season is all about Jameis Winston. The eggs are all in No. 3’s basket and the team will succeed or fail with Winston at the helm.” Does that mean if the Bucs, like last year and the year before, have both a lousy run game and a poor defense that gives up huge point totals that cause Winston to always have to put the team on his shoulders like he has for the last five years, it is his fault if they finish at 7-9. Please, give me a break. As great as Tom Brady… Read more »

sunshineben
sunshineben(@sunshineben)
2 years ago

Winston was rated by the nfl way below average for qb’s after being a #1 pick…so far he has been so so to a failure .

LIBucsFan93
LIBucsFan93(@libucsfan93)
2 years ago

And it’s this type of mentality the keeps the Bucs known as the Yucs. You have a player that hasn’t progressed in 4 years. Winston is now what he was when they drafted him. A PR nightmare with good stats and bad turnovers. The Winston Apologists will blame everyone except Winston. As I’ve been told this is a team sport and the Bucs defense hasn’t helped. The same should be said about Winston and his turnovers. The one constant is Winston penchant for turnovers that put his defense on the field in unmanageable positions. Going back to the end of… Read more »

Dman
Dman(@dman)
2 years ago

@drdneast – You’re absolutely right. We are so weak in the trenches – both side of the ball, LB and DB just because of youth it will take a monumental coaching performance and heroic effort to do much more than 7-9 this season. I support Jamies, but I’m also not making excuses for him. His short comings are well documented. But with a merely competent O line and running game and mid-level D we have a shot at 8-8 or better. The focus on performance and accountability needs to be on Jason Licht. Hey guys at Pewter Report, how about… Read more »

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
2 years ago

Name me two starters on Green Bay’s offensive line?
How about New England’s Center?
Matt Ryan’s Left tackle is?
Andrew Luck finally got some help last year from Quentin Nelson. Can anyone name any other lineman they have?

I’ll take this a different way…Philly has one of the best offensive lines in the NFL based on reputation and money spent, yet Wentz has been hurt badly two years in a row and their rushing attack was mediocre.

My point is very simple. It ISN’T the linemen. It IS the QB.

BigSombrero
BigSombrero(@bucwild02)
2 years ago

Coaches need to put the QB in position to succeed by mixing up play calling and hammering home the fundamentals. Jameis is his own worst enemy at times. When Andrew Luck came back from his year long absence, his shoulder and ability to throw was in question last year. The Colts took a guard in the first round and he was as advertised, but you know what was really different? Andrew Luck stopped holding on to the ball and started throwing it away when the play wasn’t there. Your best ability is your availability. He had to stop taking so… Read more »

chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
2 years ago

So sombrero, you’re telling me it’s all about the quarterback and not possibly about the scheme? There’s so many factors other than just a quarterback that go into a teams success that it’s laughable when people blame wins and losses entirely on the QB. Can any of you tell me what good Koetter did for any of our players? Where were the slants? Screen passes? Why is Brady so successful? Because his scheme is predicated in short quick passes to get the ball out quickly. You ask why philly was so successful? Perhaps it had more to do with a… Read more »

LIBucsFan93
LIBucsFan93(@libucsfan93)
Reply to  chefboho
2 years ago

Did you ever think the reason Koetter didn’t call more screens and slants was because Winston couldn’t read and react quick enough for those types of plays? When your coach doesn’t trust the QB to make those types of plays he isn’t going to call them. You keep blaming the OL or RB or Defense! Why doesn’t the QB get some of the blame? What improvements have the Bucs made in those 3 areas that make you think there will be a different result?

chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
2 years ago

And sombrero, all the teams you listed in philly, Green Bay, New England, and Indianapolis all had too 7 offensive lines. All that does is make your point look moot

Dman
Dman(@dman)
2 years ago

Well said.

chefboho
chefboho(@chefboho)
2 years ago

@LlBucsfan93 obviously you missed over the part in which I CLEARLY stated that Winston has made his own bonehead plays. And to say that Winston can read a slant and make a play is laughable. That’s a grade school football play so I think he’s more than capable. And you’ve glossed over all the FACTS that matter which are stats. I never said Winston was perfect by any means, but when people like you only think the quarterback is the problem, that’s when I need to comment and bring light to your clouded mind.

scubog
scubog(@scubog)
2 years ago

I believe in Ron Wolf’s philosophy of always having a developmental QB. I find Tyree Jackson the most intriguing, but don’t see us using a draft pick on a QB.

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