There are plenty of ways to judge a quarterback. Some love to point to wins first and almost solely since the quarterback position is the most important when it comes to gaining victories in football. But, others point to performance stats.

One of the more widely accepted performance statistics to judge quarterbacks by is the QBR metric. A lot of things go into QBR. Yards, scores, clutch performances, certain defensive elements, etc.

There have been 25 quarterbacks who have at least 1,500 plays since 2012, and since then Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has been in the Top 15 in terms of QBR.

Winston is above guys like Cam Newton, Eli Manning, Andy Dalton, and, yes, Marcus Mariota, too.

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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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Ken Grant
Ken Grant
4 years ago

While I don’t like QBR at all as a metric that is about where he is in others. I think its fair to say he’s in the 10-15 range. For someone that hasn’t thrown a pass as a 24 year old yet that’s a damn solid place to be.

kram0789
kram0789
4 years ago

I like Winston and think this will be his best year yet. Why, because the reasons he has had troubles are being fixed. Namely the running game, the offensive line and play calling/system. Winston has the tools and this year I think he gets the support. I am excited about the offense this year.

Wausa
Wausa
4 years ago

If you take into account the Bucs atrocious defense and awful running game its pretty impressive to see Jamies rank where he does.
I do think the improved defense will help a lot. However, I am still concerned about the offensive line and the kicking game.

Buc 1976
Buc 1976
4 years ago

The Bucs need to use their big guy’s early in the game. Take the 7 to 10 yards passes . At home in the heat it will wear down the opposing defenses. By the mid. 3rd and 4th quarter we can do alot of damage. GO BUCS

Dave
Dave
Reply to  Buc 1976
4 years ago

Totally agree Buc 1976. Perfectly said. Get Jameis into a rhythm early with shorter higher percentage passes. Instead of throwing it downfield right off the bat. Horrible playcalling has been a big factor

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
4 years ago

I am hopeful for Winston – he is the best QB we’ve ever had (Steve Young debacle aside). But, I can’t get my head around how his stats under pressure are so much better than his stats with no pressure, where he’s actually not been very good. Is he going to fix his issues with having time to consider the play and make a well thought out throw…..or is he just better when he has to rely on his skills and doesn’t have time to think about it?

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

Can we please stop talking about our quarterback Winston because he is far from our problem.

Dave
Dave
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

Exactly! Couldn’t possibly agree more Horse!

makski
makski
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

DILLLY DILLY!! I completely agree with both of you! Hopefully, an improved running game and defense will help him out some this year and not cause him to press so much. The worst thing you can do in any sport is to start pressing and trying too hard, it is a problem for everyone.