The Miami Dolphins traveled to Tampa for two days of joint practices in preparation for their upcoming preseason game against the Bucs. With a new scheduled start time at 10 a.m. EST, an earlier start than all but one of Tampa Bay’s days of camp thus far, and an unfamiliar defense lining up across from him, Jameis Winston struggled a bit.

Once the two teams geared up and began to face off in 1-on-1 drills, it was apparent that Winston wasn’t at his best, overthrowing two passes down the sideline while adding an interception in the mix. He did make some strong throws, including a strike to Evans with Dolphins top corner Xavien Howard in coverage, but the mistakes overshadowed those moments. Winston finished the period by shifting over to 1-on-1’s with the running backs and tight ends where he looked more comfortable.

Bucs OC Byron Leftwich and QB Jameis Winston
Bucs OC Byron Leftwich and QB Jameis Winston – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

In team drills Winston initially picked up where he left off during the second half of 1-on-1’s, looking like his practice would be turning a corner before Howard ripped an interception of his own for Winston’s second pick of the day.

Throughout the rest of practice it again trended upward with a clean 7-on-7 period. Another clean team period and a strong red zone period where Winston was sharp and would have had himself a touchdown pass on a beautifully thrown ball to the corner of the end zone but Breshad Perriman couldn’t find it and haul it in.

Later on there was a simulated drive period where all three strings of each team’s offense got a chance to move down the field. After former Buc Ryan Fitzpatrick marched the Dolphins down the field, it was a quick out for Winston after taking the field himself. Shortly after the drive began Howard came up with another takeaway, Howard’s second of the day and Winston’s third interception.

Late in practice, with rain and lightning moving in, the teams moved indoors for the final 45 minutes of the day where Winston was able to salvage a rough practice with a phenomenal goal line period. Lined up at the two-yard line, Winston was given three chances to score, firing back-to-back touchdowns to Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard on well-executed passes. His third attempt was caught but a flag wiped away the touchdown.

 

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  1. No comment !

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    • Thanks, give your negativity a rest for a good long while.

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    • Please go play in traffic in whatever city your are in. My guess somewhere north of the Florida state line!

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  2. IF Mr. Winston does not improve quite a bit this season, I think its safe to say, he will become a nice career backup and journeyman in the NFL. And who knows, much later in his career, his time might…come around. if you are not at least in the top 10 NFL QB”s by your 6th yr, chances are..its gonna take you considerably longer or..NEVER.

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  3. Winston does bad in practice. Boooo!! Winston does great in practice. I KNEW HE WAS GREAT!!! Whatever. That’s why they call it PRACTICE. I’ve never been one to clamor that Winston was great. Hell, I’ve been saying all along that his biggest downfalls are boneheaded throws and the defense. But it’s still early in the marriage. For now I’m giving him and Arians some space to work out the kinks. Let’s see how this goes. I’m not worried. Not yet.

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  4. Practice?! You’re talkin about practice?! 😂 Trolls climaxing to him throwing a few INTs in practice is hilarious but when he nails it they disappear like the worthless POS’s they are. It’s all good man. When the season comes around and they Light it up then Go Bucs! If he gets lost and we fall apart then we will find someone else to throw the ball and Go Bucs!!! It’s just funny because reveling in failures shows just how much of a Non-Fan some people really are and honestly, nobody cares! Anyone can be a Fan or not be a Fan and no one cares. All I care about is hopin we play well and get better and better! Just cracks me up… How silly…

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    • Best comment by far.

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      • Reveling in the failures of anybody on the team you support isn’t supporting your team at all. The “See I told you so!” Crowd needs to just STFU. If we go 1-15 you can revel in the Bucs failures all you want in January.

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  5. Jameis Winston is the least of our problems.

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  6. One thing to keep in mind through tomorrow’s practice and this Friday’s game is the Dolphins are projected by nearly everyone to finish with the worst record in the league this year. It will be interesting to see how me measure up. Against the Browns it will be the other end of the spectrum since they are projected to be really good this season. We’ll see how it goes over the next two weeks and into the season.

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    • I learned a long time ago that preseason games mean very little when predicting the season ahead. I tend to watch the individual players. Back in the early days those preseason games were the few times we actually had a chance to win.

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      • Agreed, but we can see how Winston plays against the two defenses. Then the true test will come against the 49ers and a better test against the Panthers the following week.

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      • I remember one year New England either went 0-4 or 0-6 in preseason and won the Super Bowl.

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  7. I am one who believes Winston is an asset to this team. Consistently playing from behind due to subpar defense places the Bucs offense into a one dimensional pass happy attack which is predictable for a defense to defend and game plan. I believe this leads to an increased rate of interceptions due to having to force the situation. Additionally if the opponents defense does not respect your run game then that leads to more pressure on the QB to be the offense which again makes it much easier for the opposition to game plan.
    If the Bucs defense can show up and keep the game close, not give up close to an average of 30 points a game as they did last season with any resemblance of a run game, I believe that the Winston critics will be minimal.

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  8. I have trouble believing our current/potential future Hall of Famers Brooks Sapp Barber Lynch Rice would agree that how you practice doesn’t matter.

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  9. The “I told you so” and the sky is falling crowd, are just Winston hates who hope he fails so the can be right.

    Then the “it’s just practice and it’s still early” crowd are Winston apologist who dont want ever believe anything is his fault.

    Saying the reason for his propensity for throwing a lot of picks is because hes playing from behind too often, is just not true. In college and in the NFL, he has usually started slow and has thrown plenty of picks early in games.

    The truth is somewhere in the middle. And to this point that’s about where Winston sits. A middle if the league QB who can get hot and cold.

    Hopefully he starts to show more consistency when the actual games start because that’s really all that matters. Some guys are just better in actual games than practice.

    I dont get why you have to be either a Winton hater or apologist. Most Buc fans just want him to be consistent.

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  10. When Pewter said they were doing this “Winston watch” thing I knew would be fiasco. Practice is practice. It doesn’t mean much. Do you take more chances so you can work on chemistry with WR’s? Or is the main goal to get through a practice without a int.? Frigging Common sense. Dumb ass troll’s love to see an int. In practice so can say see I told you so! See I told you so won’t be until end of season idiots.

    On the other hand I respectfully disagree with Scubog on pre season means nothing. Every year for last damn decade it seems I’ve seen this o line suck and it carries into regular season. I’ve watched the defense Not getting to the QB or struggle tackling, or playing 10-15 yards of WR’s and getting torched and carried into regular season. The score and who wins mean nothing (sorry Arians) but the way they play against other teams does.

    I am not Winston apologist. Nor do I think he sucks and will wash out. He needs some solid improvement in reducing int’s and better deep ball throws. If he is given an average defense and run game this year and still doesn’t bring the int’s down then I’ll change my mind possibly. Until then saying he can’t is stupid period. Saying he will be pro bowler would be equally stupid.

    We all don’t know what will happen and it’s just a god damn practice! If he throws int’s and his fault in pre season game I don’t think that’s good at all. I think he threw 1 int last year in pre season I can remember and looked very good until the suspension.

    I hope as a true Bucs fan he succeeds I don’t want to wait another 2-3 years to draft a QB and Arians probably gone by then and new coach is learning as well.

    Go Bucs!

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  11. For some in Bucville we are so used to Losing we can’t see when we are Winning..
    I challenge anybody to list the Best QB’s 1-3 in Buccaneers history and complain about Winston. If we can win a Super Bowl with Brad Johnson we can win one with Winston…
    This team has a lot of areas on it that need work: QB to WR timing, O line communication,kicking game etc. Practice is where you work on those areas, No Veterans from the pass or the present will treat Practice like its the NFC Championship Game. Not unless of coarse they want Bruce Arians to throw their ignorant #*#% off the field. This time is designed for teams to see what works and doesn’t work. So I have learned to relax and look at it with a different set of eyes. Go Winston!!!

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  12. For some in Bucville we are so used to Losing we can’t see when we are Winning..
    I challenge anybody to list the Best QB’s 1-3 in Buccaneers history and complain about Winston. If we can win a Super Bowl with Brad Johnson we can win one with Winston…
    This team has a lot of areas on it that need work: QB to WR timing, O line communication,kicking game etc. Practice is where you work on those areas, No Veterans from the pass or the present will treat Practice like its the NFC Championship Game. Not unless of coarse they want Bruce Arians to throw their ignorant #*#% off the field. This time is designed for teams to see what works and doesn’t work. So I have learned to relax and look at it with a different set of eyes. Go Bucs!!!

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  13. Pewterreport any news on how our pass rushing LB’s have looked against the Fins?

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  14. Scubog, I so agree. My focus is too on the rookies and who might be quality talent for us in a year or two.
    I have my roster printed sheets and numerical order and I start rating what I see as they get in to play. I’m also looking for the ones who are going to actually help us this season and evaluate them too.
    This is the reason why I love preseason games.
    I know it’s very early in preseason, but right now I’m not seeing much help for this season as to rookie DL, OL help. This is why I am concerned since I don’t see some of the veteran players on our roster helping. I’m hoping Arian’s is all in for a revolving mentality on these non-producing veterans players

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    • Horse, Nacho may become a good DT.

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  15. All that matter now is that he learns from this in the preseason and stops doing the INTs in the regular season at such a high rate. If it continues as has been stated everywhere we all know what will happen. If he finally improves he will be the first Buc QB to get a second contract.

    Pretty simple. This means little but it shows he has to still improve more to have a chance of staying around after 2019.

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  16. An interesting story about the divisions – and the only reason why the NFC South is rated #3 in difficulty is because of the Bucs QB isssues the media picks on. I truly hope Winston proves the masses wrong and gets out of his problems – and for that to happen the running game and defense have to improve this year.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/ranking-the-nfls-divisions-from-worst-to-first/ar-AAFL5rQ?li=BBnba9I

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  17. If we have to Dink and Dunk to prevent him turning over the ball, do it. Don’t trust him to make the difficult throws, he’s proven that is not something he does well. Quick reads, and tell him to get the ball out of his hand. Leave it up to the playmakers to get YAC. If he doesn’t lose us games, we can be much improved, but at this rate he is not going to take us to the next level. I think we need to be scouting all of the SEC quarterbacks coming out, especially Fromm and Lawrence.

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    • Yep, Brady is the king of dink and dunk.

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  18. I agree with all who say we are placing too much emphasis on preseason. However, I don’t understand how reasonable people can expect Winston, who has been in the same offense throughout his 4 year career, to become a master of a new offense right away. I will be satisfied if we have won 30% to 40% of our games by the break. After that everything clicks with him and we win the majority of our remaining games; provided that we don’t fall back to our customary leading the league in key IR injuries.

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  19. It’s practices not games he has made more great throws so far than mistakes… PRACTICES!

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