Entering his second season in the NFL, Jameis Winston, already a Pro Bowler and 4,000-yard passer, is now the undisputed leader and face of the Buccaneers franchise. The mission for Winston in 2016 is to develop even further in head coach Dirk Koetter’s offense while taking full command of the huddle and leading Tampa Bay to more victories.
It’s often said the biggest improvement for NFL quarterbacks comes in the second season. That’s why Winston’s performance and hopeful progression will be under an even closer microscope this year, and as such, PewterReport.com will return the “Winston Report” throughout the 2016 training camp.
Before heading to Jacksonville for two joint-camp sessions with the Jaguars, followed by Week 2 of the preseason Saturday, the Bucs held their 13th practice at One Buc Place Monday.
Photo: Cliff Welch/PR
Still up-tempo 13 days in, the offense raced from drill to drill and often warmed up in the red zone area. Quarterbacks threw to tight ends in the end zone before joining the wide receivers on the other side of the field for comeback routes. The latter drill previewed 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work as Winston threw a decent amount of timed-comeback passes on Monday.
Winston looked sharp throughout the morning, with a few incompletions coming off dropped passes that we’re thrown between the numbers or in-stride. The drops were uncharacteristic of receivers this camp, to be sure, but still a couple balls they would like to have back. At the end of the day it’s still only training camp, though.
Following QB-only practice on Field 2, a period of install and one-on-one drills – where Winston’s best throws came on a deep go to Jonathan Krause and comebacks to Mike Evans and Donteea Dye – the Bucs started their live-action scrimmage portion of camp. Here’s the count of Winston’s passing reps Monday:
Winston’s 11-on-11 stats during blitz period:
– Complete to Luke Stocker on quick out
– Incomplete on deep post to Mike Evans, dropped in traffic with Alterraun Verner in coverage
– Incomplete on deep sideline pass to Dye, well placed but well-covered by Brent Grimes
– Complete to Evans on 10-yard post in front of Verner
– Complete to Doug Martin on fake draw screen
– Complete to Charles Sims on bubble screen
Winston’s 11-on-11 stats from midfield:
– Complete to Vincent Jackson on 10-yard comeback
– Complete to Evans on comeback near sideline, flushed pocket and threw Winston’s 7-on-7 stats: – Complete to Jackson on quick out, looked downfield but well-covered
– Incomplete on screen near sideline intended for Danny Vitale, dropped
– Incomplete on slant intended for Russell Shepard, dropped in stride
– Complete to Dye on comeback in traffic, fit in and great catch
Winston’s 7-on-7 stats in red zone:
– Complete to Kivon Cartwright on play-action quick out
– Incomplete on cross in back of end zone intended for Jackson, ball floated and broken up by Grimes – Complete to Sims out of backfield
– Complete to Vitale, left the pocket and possibly took too long to throw
– Incomplete over the middle to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, well-covered and thrown through the end zone – Complete to Adam Humphries on comeback over middle, stepped up and threw a strike Coach Dirk
Koetter spoke briefly after practice and gave his usual tempered, yet honest assessment of Winston-the-quarterback before touting Winston-the-leader.
“Well, Jameis, every day he asserts himself more and more as a leader,” Koetter said. “He still has plenty of things to work on as a quarterback, but I love what he’s doing leadership-wise.”
According to right guard Ali Marpet, who also spoke Monday, part of that leadership involves keeping a positive attitude and enlivening teammates in the huddle.
“He is someone who I don’t think I’ve ever heard him complain,” Marpet said of Winston. “To have him in the huddle when you’re feeling hot and beat down, it’s always good to have that little energizer bunny. He’s a talker. He likes talking. Anything he can say to get you up.”
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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