The big question this week surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was whether or not their starting quarterback, Jameis Winston, would be able to give it a go a week after suffering a low grade AC sprain in his throwing shoulder.

The team held him out of participating fully on Wednesday and Thursday, though Winston did take what the team called “mental reps,” but, on Friday, Winston appeared to be a full participant and was throwing with the first team players.

Though this was expected from what we heard on Thursday, it was good to actually see since there was so much uncertainty leading up to this point. It did not seem like there was any sort of change in his throwing motion due to discomfort or anything like that, and from what we saw – which wasn’t much since we only get to see the first 30 minutes of practice – the velocity on his throws wasn’t noticeably different either.

Winston did have some fun with the spectacle, however. For one of his throwing reps, Winston saw all of the media members with their camera phones out (knowing why) and decided to give them an up close and personal shot in their video reel to show his shoulder is just fine – by nearly hitting them with the ball!

Cue the Winston accuracy issues tweets – I’m kidding. Don’t do that. This was totally on purpose and was funny.

Anyways, it appeared Winston was on track to play Sunday,  and after practice, Dirk Koetter confirmed that to us; Winston will start.

Adjust your fantasy lineups accordingly.

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]
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Horse
Horse
4 years ago

I don’t know, but it looked more like a baseball throw. I hope he is the back up in this game and gives the shoulder a full week rest. I’m more concerned about the Defense than anything else.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

Why didn’t the Bucs make this a game time decision? It would keep the Bills in the dark a little longer. Whatever I have a 1pm tee time Sunday. GO BUCS

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
4 years ago

Well, great then. He’ll start, and unless the shoulder becomes a problem again, then we’re back to full strength on offense. If Jameis still has an issue, it’s great to know that Fitz can play too.

Biggest question – what version of our defense is going to show on Sunday? The one that played against the Cards, or the one that played against the Pats the week before?

Morgan R
Morgan R
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

I guess maybe the answer to that biggest question is: will Kwon Alexander play?

Naplesfan
Naplesfan
Reply to  Morgan R
4 years ago

Kwon is important – but he missed both of those games, so he was not the difference. I think it was a combination of positions across the whole defense … our linemen not getting sufficient pressure on Carson Palmer in the first half, while they did manage good pressure on Brady the week before. The linebackers and linemen not stopping the run in the first half, and doing well the week before against the Pats. The DBs simply couldn’t defend passes in both games, but it was much worse against the Cards . There’s just way too much inconsistency from… Read more »

Horse
Horse
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

Naplesfan, I agree with your thoughts.

Bucnut2
Bucnut2
Reply to  Morgan R
4 years ago

Kwon more important than Winston. Just look at the record.

RootsCrew
RootsCrew
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

Excellent question, Naples. I hope it’s the one that showed up against the Bears, Patriots and 1st half vs Giants. We can’t have anymore showings like the Vikings and Cards game.

Now, which offense will show up? The decent one vs the Bears? The good one vs the Giants? (outside of missed FGs) Maybe the 4th quarter vs the Pats? 2nd half vs the Cards? Offense concerns me as much as the defense. Big week.

76Buc
76Buc
4 years ago

Just curious, did he over throw the media ?lol

Romp9480
Romp9480
4 years ago

They should start Fitz and if he struggles, THEN bring Winston in. Why the rush? They didn’t rush Kwon back and he said he was 100% last week. So, why start Winston if he also means this much to the team?

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Romp9480
4 years ago

Because this is an injury that will linger all season. If Jameis is healthy enough to play, which they would know better than any of us, you aren’t bringing him off of the bench as that would instantly start a qb controversy. If he’s healthy enough to play and can make every throw,why bring him off the bench?

Bucnut2
Bucnut2
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

You start Fitz because he gives you a better chance to win.

Bucnut2
Bucnut2
Reply to  Romp9480
4 years ago

How right you are. At this point Fitz>Winston

arizonajoe
arizonajoe
4 years ago

Well I sure hope Jameis figures out how to throw again. Not good 2017 start. Our best qb so far this year is Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Bucnut2
Bucnut2
Reply to  arizonajoe
4 years ago

JW looks horrible this year. HE has the BEST weapons in the NFL and still looks horrible.

Mike.Seven
Mike.Seven
4 years ago

Without attacking me personally, will one of the JW FSU diehards please explain to me why Fitz had more offence in one half of a game than JW has ever produced in a full game. I have always felt Bucs have the best Receiving core as a group led by Evans in football. What is going thru the Bucs Receivers minds Fitz found them when open put the ball in their numbers, Sunday going back to high sloppy passing and missed receivers is going to cause some discourse.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

Because we shouldn’t need to explain to you that Arizona was without Peters the entire second half and the Cardinals were in a much more cover 4 shell the entire second half. We would figure you should be intelligent enough to understand this. No personal attack, just figured you knew what you were watching as most of us do.

Mike.Seven
Mike.Seven
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

So in last 2.5 years, why has Winston never produced that much offence? Your excuse is AZ was worse defence than any other team Bucs played but only in 2nd half of Bucs game last week Hum

Ron Gibson
Ron Gibson
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

Fitz did a nice job filling in but he threw plenty of off target passes that guys made great efforts to catch. Frankly what I see is more of a problem and relates to slow starts is we are a passing team. THAT is our identity and we don’t be who were are until we are down in the score and go hurry up. We should start the game with easy quick rhythm passes to get the safeties off the LOS and then hand the ball off. Use the pass to set up the runs. Its been done many times… Read more »

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

And what of the two picks that you would roast Jameis for, or did Fitz not throw them in whatever game you watched?

Bucnut2
Bucnut2
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

Fitz did thro picks, but never threw a pass this season like the long ball to evans. Fitz is better than Winston

Bucnut2
Bucnut2
Reply to  Bucnut2
4 years ago

Winston never threw a pass this year like the long ball to evans

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Bucnut2
4 years ago

WELL Damn bucnut as long as he can throw one good long pass a game, it doesn’t matter how many picks he throws.do you even read the stupidity you type?

Romp9480
Romp9480
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

This is why I would’ve rather had him come off the bench. We really need to see if it’s WInston or this offense. Dirk won’t allow it. Don’t listen to Master, that was not prevent of cover 4. They were just getting beat. It’s not a shocker, that defense isn’t the same as it once was. Peterson out was def help, but that is nothing to take away from Fitz and the great game he played. He will always give you something, and take something away. That’s his game.

RootsCrew
RootsCrew
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

“Fitz had more offense in once half of a game than Jameis has every produced in a full game” Has EVER produced? You’re not even trying. Crap posts like this are why I get annoyed with the criticism.. I’ll break it down for you since you’re being willfully obtuse just because you don’t like Jameis. Let’s look at the numbers. Fitz went for 290 yards 3TD 2INT and a 102.3 Rating. He did all that while going against a soft defense mostly in prevent and without Patrick Peterson for most of the 2nd half. Now lets look at your claim… Read more »

Bucnut2
Bucnut2
Reply to  RootsCrew
4 years ago

you forget that Winston has built MOST of his stats in the second half versus soft defenses. Go look at Winston’s constant “slow starts” . He builds his stats in meaningless second half moments and is seldom ever to finish the deal and bring his team ALL the way back. Most of his GREAT stats have come in garbage time. The guy is a GREAT leader and an average to below QB.

RootsCrew
RootsCrew
Reply to  Bucnut2
4 years ago

This is such a freaking lie perpetrated by you idiots. But, I’m not going to respond to you anymore, cause you’re simply incapable of being objective. You loved Mariota. Hated Jameis and nothing he does will ever change that. It’s why you slink away when the Bucs win and only come out to bash him when Bucs lose.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Bucnut2
4 years ago

So you say all of Jameis stats come in garbage time and then give props to fitz for all of his stats in garbage time? And didn’t you miss the eagles game last year where Jameis had 4td in the first half? You type garbage like this and wonder why most of us think you’re a clown.

Bucnut2
Bucnut2
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

Well said. Fitz looked better than Winston. Kwon is more important than Winston.

Jlog
Jlog
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

Arizona was playing prevent at that point. To say Bucs haven’t had much offense is crazy talk, he holds most the teams QB records at this point and few NFL records. To be at nearly 9400 yards at this point and thrown 57 TD’s is not nothing. Overall he’s pretty average as QB when you factor everything in together. That has a lot to do his below average accuracy and turning the ball over way too much. If he just got the turn overs to average he’s just outside of a top 10 QB certainly with the potential to be… Read more »

CDNBUCSFAN
CDNBUCSFAN
4 years ago

I’m glad Jameis is playing because I’m going to be at this game and I want us to beat the Bills so badly. I’ve seen many games in this old stadium (New Era Field, Ralph Wilson Stadium, Rich Stadium, you name it) over the years and good or bad, the Bills are tough to beat at home, BUT if the offense clicks against this tough Buffalo D, the Bills don’t have the horses to keep up. I also hope to see a lot of Bucs fans there and it’s unusually warm for late October. 75F – 78F game time temps.… Read more »

Bucnut2
Bucnut2
Reply to  CDNBUCSFAN
4 years ago

We have an equal chance to win with Fitz. Kwon is the important one.

Bucnut2
Bucnut2
Reply to  CDNBUCSFAN
4 years ago

you would have had a better chance had Fitz played

Bucnut2
Bucnut2
4 years ago

I have a prediction. The Bucs will lose to the Bills this weekend, largely because Winston will be ineffective and throw at least 2 picks. The narrative from fans will be, “he was injured, the line did not protect well enough and the game plan was bad”. Let’s talk on Monday.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Bucnut2
4 years ago

Well if we win , the good part bucnut is we won’t talk Monday. You’ll creep alway until the next bad game Winston has. It’s what you do. And if you think fitz is better stop watching football and spare us all your stupidity.

Bucnut2
Bucnut2
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

Read my current post. I predicted a bucs win, then a 8-8 season. Someone is to blame for Bucs offense underperforming, I say it’s on Winston but it may be DK. The offense is averaging 21.8 per game which is helped by the 28 Fitz put up last week. That means under Winston we are averaging ~20points per game on offense. I have a question for all of you critics of me. Given we have Mike Evans, Desaun Jackson, Cameron Brate, OJ Howard and Adam Humprhies, how can you responsibly posit that JW is ELITE. Give these weapons to Andy… Read more »

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

It always makes me laugh when fans somehow think the back-up QB is the better player if only the coach wasn’t so stupid. The opponent is up 31 points and sits their star CB and there are those who don’t think that matters because it doesn’t fit their agenda.

Mike.Seven
Mike.Seven
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

AZ was up 31 points because starting QB brought the punting team out at end of every possession with only 3 first downs first half!

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Mike.Seven
4 years ago

Ahh so that’s your cop out to cover your ass sonce you were wrong about the garbage stats mike. Your trolls are so easy to spot.

Bucnut2
Bucnut2
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

Wondering why the facts bother you so much???

Romp9480
Romp9480
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

Except that Honey Badger was in and was invisible.