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.
Godwin wins his matchup against Xavien Howard. TD throw by Jameis Winston. pic.twitter.com/bsIqBqwH1U
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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.
— Matt Matera (@matty4_matera2) August 14, 2019
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.
— Matt Matera (@matty4_matera2) August 15, 2019