Following a great performance from quarterback Jameis Winston in the Bucs’ first preseason game under new head coach Bruce Arians, it was back to work for Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Against the Steelers Winston only saw action for one drive. In his lone series, he completed 5-of-6 passes for 40 yards, including a screen pass to Chris Godwin for a touchdown. With the exception of a missed deep ball to Breshad Perriman, the drive was nearly perfect. He was accurate, his decision-making was good and he executed offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich’s playcalls to a tee.
Returning to practice on Sunday Winston had his moments where he shined, specifically the red zone where he’s typically been at his best to this point in training camp. However, he did throw three interceptions with two of them coming on deep balls.
In the first period of 11-on-11 drills Winston was shaky, showing early that he just wasn’t on top of his game. This was confirmed when a deep ball to Perriman was tipped by Ryan Smith and intercepted by Isaiah Johnson.
Jameis Winston goes deep down the sideline for Mike Evans, but it's tipped by Ryan Smith and intercepted by Isaiah Johnson. pic.twitter.com/tgtnz5a4mn
Later on, in a 7-on-7 period, Winston added his second interception of the day. It was a similar play to his first pick, a go route down the sideline, but this time the intended target was Mike Evans. In coverage, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves made a great play to locate the ball in the air, turn his body around and go up for a great interception.
Winston’s third and final interception of the day was merely just a poor play on his part and a tip of the cap to cornerback De’vante Harris who jumped the route and came up with an interception of his own.