Jameis Winston is in Tampa.
What that means exactly is still unclear. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday morning that Winston was in town for part of a three-day visit that was centered around the Glazer ownership and that the visit is said to be “Glazer-centric.”
Schefter also mentioned a visit this soon – nearly two months away from the NFL Draft – might be unprecedented as potential No. 1 picks don’t visit teams this early.
Schefter wrote, “What’s so unusual about this trip is its timing.Typically prospects don’t begin visiting teams until April. People around the league could not remember a potential No. 1 overall pick visiting the team with the top selection this early in the process.The NFL was made aware of the trip and cleared it, a source said.”
Some point to this as a sign Winston is the favorite for the Bucs to draft him, and that the meeting is a get-to-know type meeting with the family, while others have speculated it is an opportunity for Winston and his agents to “sell” the former FSU star to ownership. While it is believed the Buccaneers favor Winston over Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota from a talent perspective, Winston’s off-the-field issues can’t be ignored. Getting the Glazers – who have expressed on a number of occasions a desire to have a players that the community can be proud of – to sign off on the pick is an important part of the draft process.
Schefter also noted that Mariota is scheduled to meet with the Buccaneers sometime next month.
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, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. 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 protected]
Probably a smokescreen.. lol
When I read the word “unprecedented” it always piques my interest. Because it’s never happened before I’m not sure what to make of this. My guess is that the Glazers didn’t trust L&L enough to consider Winston for selection based on their evaluation alone and figured it’s best for them to know early so L&L and the scouting staff would not waste more time on Winston if the Glazers didn’t like him. The part that’s unknown to me is I don’t know how good or bad the Glazers are at sizing people up. The part that is known to me and should be clear to everyone is that the Glazers will not just defer to what L&L think is best for the team which is wise after a 2-14 season. The Glazers will be heavily involved with this decision and I’ve stated many times what their track record is with troublesome players off the field and the leading reason I think the Bucs will draft Mariota.
I think it[‘s a good thing to see the Glazers a little interested in this. Not sure what to make of it either, but people always say the Glazers just focus on their soccer team. They will have both QB’s come in and do this , but I think if Winston knocks it out of the park withe Glazers today, it’s a done deal. This smells of Lovie and Licht wanting Jameis, but have to introduce him to the parents if you get my drift. But as I always say, I could be completely wrong as nobody knows but those guys in that room.
As a side note , Mark if you could please put an edit button on here, that would be great. I hate looking illiterate as I type a little fast sometimes and hit enter quickly.
I 2nd this idea about the “edit” button. Since the suggestion box has been opened, how about some direction on how to get our avatar photos to stay loaded. It seemed many got the photo to upload not long after the website was updated then they all went away. I’ve tried to re-upload the same photo a couple of times but it doesn’t seem to stick.
Pink: I had a computer geek from my office put my avatar on but I have no idea how he did it. I always liked the photo of your wife and baby.
I don’t know what this means either, the timing that is, but since this will be the most important decision they make this year, they aren’t wasting any time getting started. Winston has 5 other team visits and this could just be a schedule opportunity. I’m sure there will be lots of speculation and feedback from the visit in the coming days.
I’m telling you, if the Glazers take pictures with Winston at the Children’s Museum, Winston may want to stay over a couple days and go house-hunting, ’cause it’s over! lol.(just kidding!)
I’m surprised they don’t want Foles in a trade with the Eagles. The only argument I can think of is; Foles had too many ints last year(meanwhile, Winston had too many ints this year . . . but, never mind that!).
Foles is also so Christian, he reads the bible before practice every day and before games; even at halftime . . . you know what, that is too much!
I’m in on the edit button. I also thought we were going to be able to load gifs. I also have tried to load an avatar that don’t seem to work. I believe the site needs some work.
i actually like the old site design & user interface better
Foles Flashgordon? You are in space. Wow, Nick Foles over Jameis Winston. We’re trying to win football games, and feel the excitement of picking the first player in the draft, and you make some dumb comment about Foles being not viable for being christen? We’re not picking the next pope for Christ’s sake!!
I’ll only acknowledge that Foles as good as Winston is a little bit of a stretch; but, his rookie season performance is a bit striking; maybe there’s something to him?
As for my Christian comment, I was only trying to make a case for him that Coach Lovie seems to like; I disagreed with it; but, then, you turn around and think I’m arguing for bringing in the pope! “We’re not picking the next pope for Christ’s sake!!”
Also, it should be stressed the point about ignoring Winston’s int numbers; if so, then why ignore Foles rookie season for his int numbers this season?
I could go further. Bucs brass says they didn’t pick a number of Qb’s last year because they weren’t aggressive characters of something like that; but, wait a minute; are you saying Glennon isn’t a competitive aggressive personality?
These two arguments seems to put into question why we’re going for Winston over any number of other options. I’d stick with Glennon and draft Leonard Williams. And yes, Leonard is better than Sue; Sue just relies of athleticism; Leonard has technique and makes smart plays.
Why the early meeting with Winston? The Bucs want to use this extra time to get the fans who are clueless about the real Winston on board. Go to Bucs.com, watch the video, and pics of his visit. Pay attention to the looks on the Buc officals faces. They’re already in love with Jaboo, they’re giving some time for the doubters to come around.
And let the speculation and rumors begin. With the entire world knowing the Buccaneers will take a QB and will not really consider trading out of that opportunity, there is little need for a “smoke screen” regardless of which QB is preferred. The Glazers know that they need to generate some excitement with the fan base that has not been stoked in quite a while. What better way than to get the new “face of the franchise” out there in the public to use his personality and confidence to inspire folks to buy season tickets and put an end to the visitors fans taking over our “home field”?
Why so many interceptions for Winston last year? When asked why he was not going back to FSU, Winston mentioned how five of his offensive teamates were at the combine, would you go back was his reply. When one year you;re throwing to Calvin Benjimin, the next an 18 year old freshmen, interceptions are bound to happen.
Loosing Kelvin Benjamin probably made for problems, yes.
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