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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 has chronicled Winston’s practice reports throughout training camp and the preseason, and now breaks down his performances in the regular season.

Winston’s First Drive – Cowboys 0, Bucs 0
Winston’s first pass was complete to Mike Evans for five yards. On third-and-5, Winston suffered a coverage sack when trying to scramble as there was no one open, which forced a punt.
Winston was 1-of-1 for 5 yards and was sacked

Winston’s Second Drive – Cowboys 3, Bucs 0
Winston’s second pass of the game was complete to fullback Jorvorskie Lane for an 8-yard gain off play-action. On first-and-10 from the 41-yard line, Winston’s pass to Russell Shepard was incomplete. Winston’s pass intended for Donteea Dye was incomplete on third down. That set up a 52-yard field goal by Connor Barth to tie the score at 3-3.
Winston was 1-of-2 for 8 yards

Winston’s Third Drive – Cowboys 6, Bucs 3
On first down, Winston’s bomb to Evans was incomplete, but there was a 45-yard penalty for pass interference on the play and a first down at the Dallas 35. On third-and-13, Winston’s pass to Evans was high and incomplete, but there was an illegal contact penalty that resulted in another automatic first down. On second-and-12, Winston threw a 6-yard pass to tight end Brandon Myers. On third-and-6, Winston’s deep pass to Evans was incomplete, which set up a 46-yard missed field goal by Barth.
Winston was 1-of-2 for 6 yards

Winston’s Fourth Drive – Cowboys 6, Bucs 3
Winston’s first pass of the series resulted in an incompletion as he avoided pressure. On third-and-11, Winston hooked up with Evans for 14 yards and a first down at the Dallas 49. Winston then hit Evans for a gain of 23 yards down to the Dallas 26. Winston’s passes to Evans and Charles Sims in the end zone on first and second down were broken up. On third-and-10, Winston’s throw to Myers went off his hands and was intercepted by safety Jeff Heath.
Winston was 2-5 for 37 yards with one interception

Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images

Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Getty Images

Winston’s Fifth Drive – Cowboys 6, Bucs 3
Winston completed a 6-yard pass to Cameron Brate for a first down to the Tampa Bay 30 with 28 seconds left before halftime. On the next play, Winston’s pass to Brate was incomplete and nearly picked off. On second-and-10, Winston hit Evans for 15 yards. On first-and-5 from the 50, Winston was sacked for a 14-yard loss on the last play of the half.
Winston was 2-of-3 for 21 yards and sacked once

Winston’s Sixth Drive – Cowboys 6, Bucs 3
Winston’s first pass of the second half was a 5-yard gain to Evans. On third-and-8, Winston was nearly sacked and his pass was incomplete.
Winston was 1-of-2 for 5 yards

Winston’s Seventh Drive – Cowboys 6, Bucs 3
Evans hauled in a 22-yard pass from Winston to set up a first down at the Tampa Bay 29. On second-and-6, Winston hits Martin for a gain of two yards. On third-and-4, Winston connected with Adam Humphries for a gain of six yards and a first down. Winston had two incomplete passes to Sims and Evans on second and third down, which led to a punt.
Winston was 3-of-5 for 5 yards for 40 yards

Winston’s Eighth Drive – Cowboys 6, Bucs 3
Winston’s pass to Evans on second-and-7 from the Tampa Bay 7 was broken up. On third down, Winston’s pass to Myers went for 12 yards and picked up a first down. On second-and-9 from the 20, Winston found Evans for 16 yards and a first down to the Tampa Bay 36. On second-and-12 from the Dallas 37, Winston’s pass to Shepard was incomplete. On third down, Stocker dropped Winston’s pass and the Bucs were forced to punt.
Winston was 3-of-5 for 5 yards for 40 yards

Winston’s Ninth Drive – Cowboys 6, Bucs 3
On second-and-8 from the Tampa Bay 10, Winston hit Martin with a 10-yard pass for a first down to the 20. On the next play, Winston hit Martin again with a 25-yard screen pass. After a holding penalty, Winston hit Evans with a gain of 26 yards on first-and-20. Winston then found Sims for a gain of seven yards to the Dallas 32. On second-and-7 from the 23, Winston threw behind Humphries and the pass was intercepted by Heath again.
Winston was 4-of-5 for 48 yards with one interception

Winston’s Tenth Drive – Cowboys 6, Bucs 3
Winston’s pass to Evans was incomplete, but a defensive holding penalty gave the Bucs five yards and a first down. On second-and-6 from the Dallas 47-yard line, Winston hits Dye for a gain of 11 down to the 36-yard line. Winston’s next pass was a strike to Martin for a gain of three to the 33. Winston then found Myers for a gain of 17 yards down to the 16-yard line. On first down, Winston hit Sims with a gain of six yards down to the Dallas 10. On second-and-4, Winston’s pass was incomplete. On third down, Winston fumbled the ball at the 1-yard line and lost the ball in the end zone, but there was a defensive holding call on the play that gave the Bucs a first-and-goal on the Dallas half-yard line. On the next play, Winston bootlegged the ball in for the game-winning touchdown to give Tampa Bay a 10-6 lead with 54 seconds left.
Winston was 4-of-6 37 yards with a 1-yard touchdown run

Winston’s Eleventh Drive – Bucs 10, Cowboys 6
Winston kneeled for a loss of one yard to run the clock out and win the game.
Winston had one rush for minus-1 yard

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky rather than good. Tampa Bay has lost plenty of games like this before – on a game-changing gaffe. Today the football gods smiled on Winston and the Buccaneers. After a dreadful game that was mired in a 6-3 funk, featuring good defense and mediocre offense, the Bucs were the fortunate ones on Sunday.

Bucs QB Jameis Winston - Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR

Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR

A defensive holding call in the end zone on Heath gave Winston and Co. a first down and the ball at the 1-yard and set up a touchdown run on a perfectly executed naked bootleg for the rookie quarterback.

“Great play by Jameis trying to get in the end zone,” Bucs head coach Lovie Smith said. “Glad we got another opportunity.”

After the game, Winston – who was in perfect deadpan in his post-game press conference – had no recollection of the fumble.

“I don’t really know what you’re talking about,” Winston said on two occasions. “I forget about that already. I’m cherishing this win, cherishing this win.

“The touchdown was magical, man. Had a great fake, a great call, found the way into the end zone. The play before that I have no recollection.”

Smith, who likened Sunday’s win against his good friend and Dallas defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to “Bucs Ball” from yesteryear, further commented on Winston’s fumble and subsequent touchdown.

“I’m answering a lot of questions on that fumble,” Smith said. “What fumble? There was a play that doesn’t go down. There was a penalty called on that play, so why are we talking about that? There were so many good things. You know what we should talk about? How about that last run of Jameis Winston to get in the end zone to win it? That’s what we should be talking about. Great decision by him. Great play call by Dirk [Koetter].”

Winston was far from perfect on Sunday, completing 22-of-39 passes for 264 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. There were some dropped passes, including one by Myers that fell into the hands of Heath. Winston’s second interception was an off-target throw that Humphries couldn’t reach, but Heath could.

“I have to fix the turnovers – that falls in my job,” Winston said. “Those two picks, man, just got to make throws. You know, not necessarily bad reads at all, just some tipped balls that I’ll fix.”

Yet Winston found an Evans, who improved his play from last week when he had six drops, eight times for 126 yards and also drew a 45-yard pass interference penalty and a defensive holding call.

“He’s a problem for every defense you can’t harp on the past,” Winston said. “We knew Mike was going to come and have an amazing game. … Mike is a beast.”

With four rushing scores Winston now leads Tampa Bay in rushing touchdowns. After the game he revealed that he didn’t think he would be making this many big plays with his feet in the NFL.

“I didn’t,” Winston said. “That’s one thing that I didn’t think I would, but anything that can get this team to win, anything that I can do on my part to help us out I’m going to do it. It doesn’t matter if it’s throwing a block, doesn’t matter if I have to catch a pass, if it’s going to help this team win and have success, I’m going to do it.”

“We wanted it. It was a great win.”

PewterReport.com Analysis: Winston completed just 56 percent of his passes for 264 yards and he had his first two interceptions in a month, but yet when the game was on the line he willed his team to win and scored a 1-yard touchdown run a play after his fumble at the Dallas 1-yard looked like he was going to lose it for Tampa Bay. A fortunate holding call on Heath, who picked off Winston twice, gave the rookie QB another shot at victory and he cashed in with a bootleg score. It was Winston’s first fourth-quarter comeback of his young NFL career.

Winston’s Final Stats: 22-of-39 for 264 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions, in addition to two carries for zero yards and a touchdown.

PewterReport.com Game Grade: C+

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th 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 spent six years 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: sr@pewterreport.com
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macabee
macabee
6 years ago

Now all of you guys lighten up on the Kid! Wasn’t his best day, but got the job done. Possibly the greatest QB of the NFL Modern Era, Peyton Manning, who broke the NFL’s all-time passing yardage record with his first completion today has been benched after 3 quarters. Manning has thrown 4 interceptions, 3 in the 1st half and was 5-of-20 for 35 yards before the benching. His quarterback rating was 0.0.
Everybody has a bad day sometime, even a rookie who has played all of 9 games!

Horse
Horse
6 years ago

The kid played like a rookie, but has a champion heart. Go Bucs! We blitzed! Lovie woke up.

76Buc
76Buc
Reply to  Horse
6 years ago

Lovie found some CBs that allow him to blitz.

Bucnut2
Bucnut2
6 years ago

Overall, jaw was mostly bad. He continued his past habits of throwing late, high and behind many receivers. His accuracy is a big concern but no one can question his heart.

Bucnut2
Bucnut2
6 years ago

JW

Iabucfan
Iabucfan
6 years ago

I am glad he is our QB. The future is bright!
Go Bucs!!!

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
6 years ago

As expected …he will have some down games…I take solace that this bad game was 2 INTs and not 4…that’s honest progress and what I want to see…now a few more good games please rookie….

artpac
artpac
6 years ago

How accurate do we expect him to be with 1 WR? Considering who he is throwing to, I will take it every time…

BucWild02
BucWild02
6 years ago

How about the defense giving Bryant 1 on 1 coverage and coming up with an interception. With the slightest contact, the refs usually fall for the prima donna begging for a pass interference call and give it to him. The Bucs were darn lucky today.

drdneast
drdneast
6 years ago

To many dropped passes to say Winston had a bad day and also a couple of bad routes by his receivers Sheperd and Dye.
I originally thought his first INT was his fault but after watching the replay that was a very catchable ball.
I guess I was watching another game than you were Bucnut because I have no idea what you are seeing or talking about.

e
e
6 years ago

I love his heart, but we’re not going to have a starting QB too long if we keep seeing freeze frames of him in an upside down cartwheel flying into the end zone.

seat26
seat26
6 years ago

We are turning the Corner. But Jackson out is really hurting us. Clearly Jenkens is not going to be the answer at TE in Tampa. We are going to have to draft yet again at TE next year. The defense finally is starting to show some life.But we have a long way to go.

surferdudes
surferdudes
6 years ago

Meyers should’ve made that catch. Second pick wasn’t thrown behind Humphries,he needs to sit in the hole there. If Winston lead him, the linebacker would’ve had the pick, or killed Adam. Problem Sunday was more about communication with new less talented receivers. Dye is to damn small to start, more of a joker, need to promote Hall. Winston has been all we could hope for. Should Lovie get a third year it will be because of Jameis.

BaldBuc
BaldBuc
6 years ago

That naked bootleg was a thing of beauty. Fire the Cannons, not the coach.

jme0151
jme0151
6 years ago

We won….and that is what counts!!!!
Eagles are beatable……Go Bucs

JayBuc52
JayBuc52
6 years ago

Winston is handicapped with two of his top three receivers not playing. Mike Evans is still maddeningly inconsistent. Brilliant at times and dropping the ball the next. I wish they would throw more balls to Humphries who has made all the possible catches thrown his way. We won’t count the second interception because unlike the first interception it wasn’t catchable. Winston has the ability, not seen here in a very long time, to put bad plays behind him and to believe he can make the next play.

JayBuc52
JayBuc52
6 years ago

One last note. At the end of the game, after the kneel-down, Winston handed the ball to the ref who in turn gave the ball back to Winston as a memento of his first fourth quarter comeback win. Nice touch for the ref. For the first time in weeks it seemed like the officiating crew wan’t out to get the Bucs, even if they initially blew the incomplete forward pass play and called it a fumble. They corrected themselves and called a very fair game in my opinion.

cgmaster27
cgmaster27
6 years ago

On side note watching Jameis in the locker room after, was something special. It’s things like that, that make him who he is. The leader on offense this team has needed for a long time. Not a pretty game for him today, but just moving on from the bad plays and making the next big one when needed.

e
e
6 years ago

No more flying cartwheels, Jameis!

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