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.

Each week PewterReport.com will chronicle Winston’s performances throughout his rookie season.

Winston’s First Drive – Jaguars 0, Bucs 0
Winston came out throwing on the first pass of the game and found tight end Brandon Myers for a gain of 17 off play action. Winston’s second pass attempt went to Vincent Jackson for a gain of 14. He finished the drive perfect with a 6-yard pass to Charles Sims. On third-and-3 from the Jacksonville 20, Winston scrambled for a 2-yard gain to set up a 35-yard field goal by Connor Barth.
Winston was 3-of-3 for 37 yards and a 2-yard run

Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Winston’s Second Drive – Bucs 3, Jaguars 0
On second-and-12, Winston dumped off the pass to Doug Martin for a gain of 13 and a first down. Winston then hit Mike Evans for a gain of 10 and a first down. On third-and-7, Winston’s pass to Jackson was too far out in front.
Winston was 2-of-3 for 23 yards

Winston’s Third Drive – Jaguars 7, Bucs 3
Winston’s first pass to Evans was incomplete. On his second pass attempt of the drive Winston was sacked by defensive tackle Roy Miller. Winston attempted to throw the ball away on the sack but it was ruled a fumble instead. However, instant replay showed Winston’s knee was down prior to the ball being released, so Tampa Bay kept possession. Three plays later, the Bucs settled for a 45-yard Connor Barth field goal to cut the Jaguars’ lead to 7-6.
Winston was 0-of-1 for zero yards and sacked once

Winston’s Fourth Drive – Jaguars 7, Bucs 6
A 58-yard punt return by Bobby Rainey set the Bucs up at the Jaguars’ 17-yard line. After two runs by Martin picked up seven yards, Winston found Martin on a middle screen for a 10-yard touchdown to re-take the lead.
Winston was 1-of-1 for 10 yards

Winston’s Fifth Drive – Bucs 13, Jaguars 7
Following an interception by Bradley McDougald, the Bucs took over at the Jaguars’ 41. Winston’s first pass of the drive was a 17-yard strike to Myers came off play action down to the Jacksonville 20. His next pass was a dart to Evans for a gain of 17 down to the Jaguars’ 3-yard line to set up Martin’s touchdown, which gave Tampa Bay a 20-7 lead.
Winston was 2-of-2 for 34 yards

Winston’s Sixth Drive – Bucs 20, Jaguars 14
After Jacksonville scored a touchdown to cut Tampa Bay’s lead to 20-14 before halftime, Winston completed a 10-yard pass to Donteea Dye to the 50-yard line, but that play came back due to a penalty. The Bucs ran the ball with 29 seconds left and picked up three yards on a run by Sims to the Tampa Bay 38, but Lovie Smith went into halftime with three timeouts in his pocket.
Winston was 0-of-0

Winston’s Seventh Drive – Jaguars 21, Bucs 20
Winston’s first pass of the second half was a 12-yarder to Martin. Winston’s next pass, a 10-yarder to Evans, was negated by a penalty on right guard Ali Marpet. On third-and-9 from the Tampa Bay 34, Winston was sacked for a loss of 14 yards.
Winston was 1-of-1 for 12 yards

Bucs RB Charles Sims – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs RB Charles Sims – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

Winston’s Eighth Drive – Jaguars 24, Bucs 20
Winston was almost sacked, but managed to throw the ball away on first down. Winston’s screen pass to Dye was almost intercepted by defensive tackle Jared Odrick. On third-and-15 from the Tampa Bay 15, Winston hit Sims for a 56-yard gain on a screen pass down to the Jacksonville 29. On second down, Winston’s pass to Evans was incomplete, followed by an incompletion to Jackson. The Bucs had to settle for a 47-yard field to cut the Jaguars’ lead to 24-23.
Winston was 1-of-5 for 56 yards

Winston’s Ninth Drive – Bucs 31, Jaguars 24
On third-and-6, Winston hit Sims for a gain of 11 yards to pick up a first down to the Jacksonville 36. On second-and-7 at the Jaguars’ 22, he scrambled for a gain of nine yards for a first down. On first-and-goal from the 4-yard line, Winston’s pass to Myers was incomplete, but a defensive holding penalty gave Tampa Bay a first-and-goal from the 2-yard line. Two plays later, Martin’s 1-yard TD run gave the Bucs a 38-24 lead with 8:26 left in regulation.
Winston was 1-1 for 11 yards with a 9-yard run

Winston’s Tenth Drive – Bucs 38, Jaguars 24
On third-and-8 from the Tampa Bay 21, Winston threw a strike to Evans for 14 yards and a first down. On third-and-5, Winston hit Sims for a gain of 12 yards down to the Jacksonville 48.
Winston was 2-of-2 for 26 yards

Winston’s Eleventh Drive – Bucs 38, Jaguars 31
Winston kneeled the ball twice in the victory formation.
Winston carried the ball twice for minus-2 yards

Winston’s play was starkly different than it was a week ago in a 37-23 loss to Carolina where he threw four interceptions – and it had to be for Tampa Bay to have a chance to beat Jacksonville. In the win against the Jaguars, Winston didn’t have a single turnover for the first time in his career and that made a huge difference.

“It’s very important because winning the turnover ratio – if we didn’t win the turnover ratio, you never know what would happen. But having a goose egg in that turnover column is definitely a good sign.”

Tampa Bay’s running backs caught more than half of Winston’s passes (seven). Some were designed screen passes, such as his career-long 56-yard screen pass to Sims, who led the Bucs with four catches for 85 yards, and Martin’s 10-yard touchdown.

“That’s another great call by coach. Third-and-15, you never think we just want to flip the field, but Chuck made an amazing play with his legs and Coach Koetter did it again.”

Others were check down passes.

“When the big play isn’t there, he did a good job checking it down to us running backs,” Martin said. “As you can see, he’s progressing and he’s learning. And it worked.”

Winston was pleased with his progress after Tampa Bay’s second win of the season.

“Anytime you get a victory and don’t turn the ball over it’s a big positive, but it’s just one game,” Winston said. “Obviously, this is big for us to go into the bye week and I still have to get better.”

PewterReport.com Analysis: A week after throwing a career-high four interceptions in a 37-23 loss to Carolina, Winston had a huge bounce-back game against Jacksonville, completing a career-best 68.4 percent of his passes (13-of-19) for 209 yards with one touchdown, no interceptions and a career-high 122.5 QB rating. The emphasis this week at One Buccaneer Place was reducing Winston’s turnovers and the rookie quarterback delivered. However, there were some scary moments. Winston appeared to have fumbled when trying to throw the ball away in the second quarter, but instant replay showed that Winston’s knee was down before he let go of the ball. He also had a screen pass that was broken up and almost intercepted by Odrick in the third quarter. Thankfully, those were consequence-free lessons learned from a rookie that is still going through some growing pains. Winston made plays when he had to, especially on third down throws in the fourth quarter in which he was 3-of-3. Winston was also on the money on Tampa Bay’s 2-point conversion pass to Jackson at the end of the third quarter.

Winston’s Final Stats: 13-of-19 (68.4 percent) for 209 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions and two sacks. He also ran the ball four times for nine yards.

PewterReport.com Game Grade: B

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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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pinkstob
pinkstob
5 years ago

I thought Winston played well today overall. He’s allowed Lovie to keep his job for another few weeks at least and likely the rest of the season.

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fredster
fredster
5 years ago

Winston played a very good game. Mistake free. Mariota stunk today. Will see how rest of year goes and I make no dumb predictions after few games. They both are rookies and both have had good and bad games. If Lovie goes this year or next it will likely be because his defense sucks more than anything else. Offense and special teams both very good today. Defense gave Bortles career high day. It’s his defense he’s calling and his guys and they are still the worst part of this team. Game shouldn’t have even gotten that close at the end.… Read more »

jongruden
jongruden
Reply to  fredster
5 years ago

Wai wait wait- After Winston had 4 int’s and a fumble last week, I think saying “Mariota didn’t play well today” is an act of desperation, 21-32 178 yds 1 int and rushign for 47 yds isn’t bad btw its mediocre. Winston completed 13 passes today vs Jax so do I think this was a good day either? eh, it was ok as well, the fumble or what wasn’t ruled a fumble was bs it was a fumble down by contact shit was ridiculous and what the hell was Winston doing throwing the ball blindly behind him anyway? Winston had… Read more »

Entre
Entre
Reply to  jongruden
5 years ago

I am a big Winston over Mariotta person, but I agree with you. Mariotta didn’t have a bad day. His day was average against a very good defense. I think saying Winston’s performance last week was the worst thing you’ve ever seen is an overstatement. He had a bad game, but he is a rookie. McClown oh my bad McCown had some game just as bad last year as a veteran. Point is both are rookies, but I still like Winston over Marriotta. Also, yes Bravo to Doug Martin.

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Bucnut2
Bucnut2
5 years ago

JW was ok. They really dumbed it down for him. Most of his competitions came on screens and checkdowns which I am good with. His downfield throws were hit and miss as he continues to recognize and throw late to open receivers. Better today, lots of improvement needed.

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WVBucFan
WVBucFan
Reply to  Bucnut2
5 years ago

How do you know that they “dumbed it down” for him? the big change was mixing it up on First Downs, and Martin and Sims set up the middle of the field. I don’t think the dumbed it down, they just had a better game plan all together…

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cgmaster27
cgmaster27
Reply to  Bucnut2
5 years ago

They didn’t “dumb it down” , he just took his check downs. 3-4 for 91 yards and a touchdown on third down. You sound salty, is it because Jameis did well and Mariota didn’t today? Please stop

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scubog
scubog
Reply to  Bucnut2
5 years ago

I don’t know what game you were watching. Winston passed to all of his eligible receivers except Reid Fragel. He was no Check-Down Charlie. Sheeesh, people have an agenda and try their best to fit things into it.

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FLBoy84
FLBoy84
5 years ago

“consequence-free lessons learned from a rookie that is still going through some growing pains”. It’s 5 friggin’ games in his FIRST season. He’s still going to be progressing on the learning curve for his first couple of YEARS dude, if not longer. News flash for you SR, Manning and Ryan both had 2-INT, 0-TD games today. Guess they’re just rookies still learning the game, because vets evid don’t throw picks and make bad decisions in games per your logic. Winston will probably still be making some questionable decisions 10 years from now. It doesn’t make him a bad QB, it… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Stayed calm on the pocket and when he realized his receivers weren’t open he checked down to his RB.
Only had one McClown moment when he tried to throw that ball away when being sacked by all people ex-Buc Roy Gibson.
Crucial call went our way for a change.
Did Kevin Pamphille’s blocking make that big of a difference in the run game today?

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warren
warren
5 years ago

This was one of the “ups” in an up and down season. O-line was very good, Running and passing games worked well. Special teams were very good in both running back punts and kicks. But allowing 31 points on defense?! The D-line played pretty well. But the pass defense was nonexistent in the intermediate and long middle portion. Tim Jennings was beat like a drum.

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e
5 years ago

I think we are starting to find out slowly that Winston is going to be our QB of the future. Let the ups and downs play out for the year and know that the Bucs just need consistency. Hopefully, the Bucs will stick with a coach for more than a couple of years and we’ll start to see the kind of success that the Bengals are having. Good win and stay the course, Bucs.

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macabee
macabee
5 years ago

Greg Auman ‏ 1m1 minute ago
Of 24 NFL starting QBs this weekend so far, Bucs’ Jameis Winston has fourth-highest QB rating at 122.5. Only Palmer, Brady, Bortles higher.

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Entre
Entre
Reply to  macabee
5 years ago

Macabee, love the optimism, but the real point of that statement is that Bortles was higher. Our defense keeps letting up yards to average QBs. Bottles is steadily improving, but guys like Ryan Mallet or Mariotta can’t be killing us like this. Not to mention all of the backup QBs that had career games against us last year.

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ColoradoBuc
ColoradoBuc
Reply to  macabee
5 years ago

So why is the grade a ‘B’ then?

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macabee
macabee
5 years ago

Entre, I agree with everything you said. I’m not comparing QBs. Like you, like the one we got. Not hating on the others. But there are stats and some people believe they’re not just for losers. Personally, I like wins! But for those who do make comparisons, especially Winston/Mariota, here are the stats from Sunday’s games. ________________________________________________ MARCUS MARIOTA Result: Lost 14-13 at home to Buffalo Stats: 21-of-32, 187 yards, INT, 68.1 passer rating; 5 carries, 47 yards Quick look: The AFC Offensive Rookie of the Month for September failed to throw multiple touchdowns for the first time in his… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Those are some crazy stats macabee. Bills have a tough defense, especially the down lineman. Looks like sexy Rexy figured out how to play Mariota. This is going to happen in the NFL as teams get more tape on you and develop schemes to take away the better facets of their games. You can bet teams will start loading the box on Winston in the coming weeks to take away MArtin and force Winston to pass. It will be up to Winston to overcome that stacked box by throwing them out of it. Both QB’s will suffer their ups and… Read more »

wnb0395
wnb0395
5 years ago

Winston played a decent game yesterday. He played how I would expect a rookie QB to play. We need to continue to run the ball and keep the pressure off Winston. Hes not ready to try and carry this team yet. I really don’t think Mariota was horrible yesterday but he wasn’t as good as Winston either. Neither was great. For all you McCown haters, did any of you see his game yesterday. He went 36/51 for 457 yds and 2/0 Td/Int. That’s not bad considering Clevelands receiving core. As for our defense playing crappy, what did you all expect.… Read more »

jongruden
jongruden
Reply to  wnb0395
5 years ago

Holy crap- Your saying McCown is good because of the ONE game he had in his 13 yr career? Look up the most passing yds by qb’s in a single game you will see the likes og Elvis Grbac over 500 yds and Tommy Kramer etc. Here is how you grade out or judge a qb its by a whole season yep wierd I know but true look at his stats and wins at the end of the yr, and if you really want to judge McCown look at his career esp when he played with Fitz and Boldin in… Read more »

billbyrne
billbyrne
5 years ago

Winston played very well within the game plan designed by Dirk Koetter. Keeping Winston as a “game manager” and focusing on the run game will benefit Winston and the offensive line and keep the defense off the field. “Great plan Koetter!!!”

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cremdonado
cremdonado
5 years ago

The win was a nice change but there is still a ton of work to be done…I actually think the Titans and the Bucs are more fortunate than most teams currently at the QB position. Our guys are both young and have special talent.Both are learning and progressing- that’s all you can hope for out of your rook QB… There are 34 teams and currently 11 teams with winning records ( there will be 7 in the AFC and 5 in the NFC) and many of those 22 teams with losing records are having serious issue or will be facing… Read more »

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

There are only 32 teams Crem……unless you have the inside scoop that Roger is going to add 2 for LA.

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cremdonado
cremdonado
5 years ago

Sorry about that- I was typing,breaking up a scuffle between two of my kids as my wife asked me questions about dinner and what leftovers we should keep- I don’t get much time to really focus on everything at once – maybe a quick proof read would help…
But the point I was making remains the same, regardless of my bad math.We are apart of the losing majority BUT are also a minority in that same group because we have a QB that’s worth building around- even if there are just 32 teams!

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