After setting franchise records for most passing yards (4,042) and touchdown passes (22) by a rookie, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston was honored on Tuesday by Pro Football Focus as the winner of the 2015 PFF Rookie of the Year. While it isn’t as prestigious, it may be a more accurate honor as opposed to the the 2015 Pepsi Rookie of the Year award that has yet to be announced.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images
PFF takes into account a player’s full contribution, including offense, defense, and special teams. PFF also take into account the learning curve for the position, and how well rookie players typically perform in that role, according to their website, and doesn’t include fan voting in their determination of the winner, which, like the Pro Bowl, can turn into a popularity contest.
PFF analyst Nathan Jahnke wrote, “While Tampa Bay, as a team, didn’t have a season to remember, Jameis Winston made the Buccaneers look pretty smart by drafting him first overall. After a slow Week 1 start, Winston was a top 10 quarterback from Week 2 and on. Where Winston was most impressive was his big-time throws. He had 39, which tied him for sixth-best alongside Tom Brady. If he can take away some of the negatives, the former FSU standout could be a Pro Bowler by his second season.”
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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