Like every No. 1 overall quarterback taken before him, Jameis Winston joined a team fighting to get out of the NFL’s cellar. But unlike every No. 1 overall quarterback taken before him, that same team had two elite wide receivers.
From Mike Evans to Vincent Jackson, the talent at wideout is undeniable and the rookie signal caller isn’t tempering expectations.
Winston spoke after practice about the receiving corps, and while he wasn’t making comparisons, he alluded to arguably the greatest quarterback-wide receiver duo as a goal for him and Evans to strive for.
“I’m a big dreamer,” Winston said. “I always tell Mike (Evans), you know, (about) Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. Just building our heads up. That was one of the best duos of all time. Love this game of football so much so I try to relate me and him to other players who have done it before.”
Winston also talked about Jackson’s consistency as another advantage and something a quarterback can lean on.
“We got so many great guys man,” Winston said. “I can’t speak enough about how much Vincent helps me. Just being able to have that guy that I know is going to be there every single time. That’s one thing about being a quarterback, just being able to feed everybody the rock.”
Evans and Jackson aren’t alone, as Winston would point out. Surrounded by speed and experience at receiver, Winston believes Kenny Bell, Louis Murphy and Russell Shepard will only make the duo better.
“It makes players like Mike much more dynamic when you got players around like Kenny Bell,” Winston said. “Louis Murphy had an outstanding game. Guys like Russell Shepard who are going to be at the right place at the right time all the time. When you got guys around them that can open up big guys like Mike and Vincent and even our tight ends to make big plays for us.”
For Winston and Bell, Monday night will mark their first game at Raymond James Stadium.
“I can’t even speak to how anxious I am to get out there in Raymond James and play,” Winston said. “That’s one thing me and Kenny Bell discussed before the game. We have one profession where we can actually say we’re not going to do our job today. We get to go out there and play. Play, have fun and play the game of football that we have been playing since we were young.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he’s handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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