Jameis Winston and the Bucs had a second straight practice with the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay’s top signal caller again had some trouble. There were definitely flashes of good play, but that was mixed with some turnovers.

In a surprise to no one that’s familiar with the Tampa Bay area during this time of the year, the weather did not cooperate, and both teams went from outdoors to indoors rather quickly.

The outdoor session was brief, but Winston hit it off with one of his main targets, Chris Godwin. He connected on some other passes as well in that session.

Moving on inside is when the problems started for the Bucs starting quarterback, beginning on an interception during one of the first throws in 7-on-7 drills when he was looking for Cam Brate.

After a couple of short receptions to Breshad Perriman and Ronald Jones, he then threw another interception in the same drill. Winston couldn’t get much going besides a nice 15-yard reception over the middle to Mike Evans, but what soon followed were some incompletions and short check downs.

It was a series of ups and downs that followed for most of practice. When the first drills of 11-on-11 went down, Winston would have a good play such as his touchdown pass to Cameron Brate, but followed that up soon after with a pass the broken up when he tried to fit it into a tight window.

Winston’s best pass of the day came in the in the middle of practice and should keep optimism for the those who are concerned about him this season. Starting at their own 40-yard line, he hit a perfect deep ball down the sidle lines to Mike Evans, who caught it in stride and took it to the house. Evans even split two defenders with a spin move after running with the ball. It was definitely a high note for Winston on that play.

That trend of inconsistency continued, though. He threw a very nice touchdown pass to Howard over the middle, and even made a great read getting the ball out early on a corner blitz, but threw the ball too wide of the same receiver and had another through out of bounds that was intended for Godwin.

The largest mishap for Winston was at the end of practice on a deep ball that could of been. Again near midfield, Mike Evans ran a go route right down the field. He was so open that the he put his hand up to indicate to throw it to him, but Winston looked to his left for an intermediate route and was intercepted in doing so. It was his third of the day that felt even more significant considering how open Evans was.

Winston definitely wasn’t pressing, as he did make plenty of check downs. There just seemed to be a communication breakdown between he and the receivers on a couple of plays that turned out to be very costly.

Coach Bruce Arians described Winston’s performance on Wednesday as “solid” while pointing out some of the miscommunications that went on.

Winston also spoke with the media after practice and mentioned that he is just focused on getting better every day. The starting quarterback then commended the competitiveness that the Bucs have brought to training camp, including in these joint practices.

 

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Winston is going to be a top 5 passer this season. He will pass for more yards than Luck, Rothlisberger, Brady and Brees. But can the Bucs win that way? If this defense can offset Winston’s turnovers, then I say yes.

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  2. Winston Watch – no improvement, same as before.

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  3. Before everyone starts to panic about the one or two picks thrown by Winston in practice, here’s a look at the QB the Bucs will face in game 1. Neither one will matter, it’s practice folks. It’s the game that counts.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001041319/article/jimmy-garoppolo-throws-5-consecutive-ints-in-practice

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  4. Hard to judge Winston. You have some fans saying no improvement while others are saying he will project top five.

    Truth is probably closer to the middle. I think Winston has shown more improvement with his touch passes on screens, flares, etc this off season But Winston still needs to work on ball placement on slants so they are not picked off easy (eg down and away). Granted Xavien Howard is a beast of a corner but with the size of most of the Bucs WR’s that should be an edge to the offense. I know people will complain about lost YAC opportunities but I would say Winston needs to work on avoiding turnovers and then he can progress for ball placement with YAC opportunities. The other INT’s are a result of not being on the same page with option routes. The number of force INT’s this off season Winston has made have been a lot less than previous years. But even I would agree that it is still too high IMVHO.

    However, if Winston isn’t throwing those INT’s in pre season and regular season then we as fans are over analyzing too much.

    What I will say though is that Winston’s footwork looks better and he is making improved quicker decisions with the football which is really nice.

    Winston has shown every year that his completion percentage improves and I think 2019 will follow that trend. But if he lowers his INT’s and strip stack fumbles then Winston will command a very powerful offense with lots of potential.

    Time will tell.

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  5. I’ve written my share of negative posts about Winston. His INTs, his fumbles, his boneheaded throws, yada yada yada. Whatever. Opinions. Everybody’s got one, right? When he was drafted I was mad because I wanted Mariotta (good thing I’m not in charge). But then I saw how he was on the field, with his teammates, in interviews. Toss all of those negatives out and what you have left is this: he never quits; he will never stop learning; his passion for football is unequaled; his excitement level on the field is almost uncontainable; his raw football talent is 9 out of 10; his work ethic is unparalleled; his desire to win is… well, it’s what drives everything about him. He has the potential to be one of the best. IF.
    I have to trust Arians and Leftwich to bring out the best in this man. The Bucs have invested everything in him and now it’s up to the whisperer(s). He wouldn’t have come out of retirement if he didn’t see a ring in his future. If they can’t harness his energy and focus his talent and bring out the potential in him that everyone sees, then nobody can say we didn’t try, and we draft another hopeful and try again.
    I say the jury is still out on Winston. He needs more time in this new system, with this new coach. We’ve already seen improvements. It’ll take time and patience. Those of us expecting every mistake to be instantly gone should probably follow New England. Or San Francisco’s golden boy.

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    • I think Winston’s athletic problems is that he tries to hard. Wanting to be great and actually being great isn’t easy in the NFL. Unless Arians can somehow teach Winston how to read Defense in a snap he’s never going to succeed at winning in the NFL Level. You watch the great QB in the NFL, past and present, and they all have the poise in the pocket. Brett Favre excluded. Winston always has this kinetic energy around him. Especially in crunch situations. It’s always been said that a team takes on the personality of it’s QB. That is very much true about Winston and the Bucs!

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  6. Winston has a history of being a not great practice player going back to his FSU days.

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    • But he’s always played well in the preseason. Its when the games really count that he breaks down and starts turning the ball over.

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