For the first time since 1987, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick and selected former Florida State Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. The area is abuzz with excitement for the Bucs news quarterback, one the fans and the organization hope becomes a franchise quarterback, and can lead the Buccaneers back to the playoffs for the first time since Jon Gruden roamed the sidelines at Raymond James Stadium.
PewterReport.com will chronicle Winston’s practice reports throughout camp. After throwing five touchdowns on Saturday, Winston lit up the scoreboard again with more red zone TDs on Sunday. Make sure to check back with PewterReport.com daily for our Winston Report.
A day after Jameis Winston threw five touchdown passes in training camp as the Bucs worked on red zone offense and defense, the rookie quarterback had another great outing on Sunday, connecting with tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and other targets as Tampa Bay continued to work in the red zone.
Winston started off in the 1-on-1 period throwing high and wide to Mike Evans outside of the end zone before hitting Tavarres King on a curl and Kaelin Clay on a slant. His fade to Robert Herron was thrown too far ahead of him, and Russell Shepard, who has struggled as a receiver, had another drop.
Rookie Adam Humphries caught a touchdown pass on a slant in the middle of the end zone, but Winston’s pass to Hall was too far in the back corner of the end zone. Winston finished the 1-on-1 period completing 3-of-7 passes with one touchdown and no interceptions.
Winston took the starting reps in the team’s first 11-on-11 period from the middle of the field, and Herron dropped a hand off on an end around to start the session. Winston found tight end Luke Stocker down the seam, but hit Seferian-Jenkins too far outside on an out route. He bounced back with a connection to Kenny Bell on a skinny post on the next play.
The rookie QB then hit running Doug Martin in the flat before fumbling a snap from center Garrett Gilkey. Winston then hit Evans on a beautifully thrown touch pass deep down field as the big, 6-foot-5 wide receiver was running a go route. Winston finished the session by connecting with Herron across the middle for a sizable gain. Winston was 5-of-6 during the initial 11-on-11 period.
The Bucs then moved to the red zone for 7-on-7 drills as Winston and the skill position players worked against linebackers and defensive backs. Linebacker Lavonte David stepped in front of tight end Cameron Brate and almost picked off Winston. David dropped a sure-fire interception.
Bucs TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Photo by: Mark LoMoglio/PR
But Winston and Brate would get some revenge on the next play with a touchdown in the middle of the end zone. Jackson couldn’t bring in a slant pass from Winston on the next play, but Seferian-Jenkins caught a touchdown across the middle in impressive fashion.
Winston has had trouble with fade passes in the end zone, which is surprising given the size of Tampa Bay’s receiving corps. Winston’s pass to Jackson was too far in the back of the end zone and out of reach. He then hesitated on a throw to Evans, and instead of throwing an interception, Winston wisely threw the ball away.
On the next play, Winston connected with a leaping Evans on a nice fade route, which is the kind of play the rookie quarterback has struggled with throughout camp.
After a dropped pass by tight end Tim Wright, who has not fared well in camp, fellow tight end Evan Rodriguez had a drop of his own. Running back Doug Martin couldn’t hang on to a nicely thrown ball as he got hit by linebacker Khaseem Greene.
Seferian-Jenkins ended the drought for Winston with a nice diving touchdown catch before Jackson had a pass knocked out of his hands by cornerback Mike Jenkins. Winston finished the 7-on-7 red zone period completing just 4-of-12 passes with four drops and every completion going for a touchdown.
Winston entered the red zone 11-on-11 period, connecting with Martin on a slant before cornerback Johnthan Banks swatted away a pass intended for Jackson. Winston avoided pressure from a blitz to check the ball down and hit running back Charles Sims in the flat for a big gain. Winston then hit Seferian-Jenkins down the seam for another touchdown.
After Winston’s pass to King was too far out in front of him, Winston tossed a quick middle screen to Sims, which went for a touchdown. He followed that up with a beautiful high throw to a leaping Jackson in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. Winston’s next pass was swatted away by cornerback Sterling Moore.
After Donteea Dye took an end around for a big gain, Winston threw his first and only interception of practice, which went to cornerback Alterraun Verner. Winston’s pass was wobbly and he threw into double coverage. Verner took the pick 95 yards for a touchdown and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who was sitting out of practice, jogged down and gave him a high-five.
Winston then had his second bobbled quarterback-center exchange with Gilkey before hitting Hall on a comeback route.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Herron took an end around all the way in for a touchdown and then did a front flip into the end zone and stuck the landing. Winston then hit Seferian-Jenkins on an out route close to the end zone before finding a wide open Jackson running a drag route in the end zone for another touchdown.
“We work together, we work hard, and Jameis is a great quarterback and he puts the ball where it needs to be and we just continue to build on it,” Seferian-Jenkins said after practice.
The red zone 11-on-11 period with Winston almost throwing a pick to linebacker Larry Dean, who made a great read on the pass but dropped it. Winston was 8-of-13 with four touchdowns and one interception.
The practice finished with a two-minute drill and Winston was sensational at hitting receivers with out routes and letting them get out of bounds to stop the clock. Winston nickeled-and-dimed the defense, hitting Bell three times and Herron twice on the left side of the field and connecting with Martin in the middle of the field and stopping the clock with a timeout at the 30-yard line with 38 seconds left.
However, the Bucs weren’t able to get the field goal unit on the field as Sims fumbled on a carry designed to move the ball to the middle of the field, and the ball was recovered by middle linebacker Bruce Carter. Winston was 6-of-6 in the two-minute offense drill.
Winston found the end zone a total of nine times while working in the red zone, and he only had one interception – although two were dropped by David and Dean. The good news for the rookie signal caller is that he’s thrown a total of 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions over the past two days, while dealing with a bunch of dropped passes, which is impressive.
Final Stats (unofficial): 20-of-38 (52.6 percent) passes with nine touchdowns and one interception.
PewterReport.com Practice Grade: B+
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Scott Reynolds is in his 23rd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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