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Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston is in a critical contract year and is learning a
new offense for the first time since arriving in Tampa Bay in 2015.
PewterReport.com will chronicle each one of Winston’s practices during camp
in the Winston Watch.

Thursday’s camp saw the offense get completely outmatched by Todd Bowles’ defense, specifically the defensive backs. By the end of the team’s first 11-on-11 period on Friday it seemed as though it would be more of the same as Winston struggled to get much of anything going and finding completions few and far between.

After a short break in periods the team returned to 11-on-11 drills where it seemed that Winston had woken up, connecting on a deep ball to Breshad Perriman down the right sideline, with Carlton Davis in coverage, before adding nice completions to Evans, Brate and just missing Godwin over the middle.

Moving to the team’s red zone period, Winston was stellar. In the first rotation for the first-team offense, Winston threw three consecutive touchdown passes to begin the drill. He first struck O.J. Howard for six on a great throw with Devin White in coverage.

On the next play Winston hit Perriman over the middle of the field for another touchdown and capped it off by finding Howard in the end zone again. When he rotated in again, after the second- and third-teams took their run at the period, he hit Perriman again for his fourth touchdown pass of the drill.

Moving back to seven-on-seven drills Winston started to get shaky again. His completion percentage dropped back to mediocre, he was struggling to find a rhythm and it was capped off by a deep ball to a wide open Perriman that was left short and luckily knocked down for an incomplete pass as opposed to an interception.

In the final period of practice, the team’s simulated game scenarios, the wheels just seemed to fall off for Winston. He struggled early and shortly after his first drive began he sent a pass off the hands of Cam Brate and into the hands of M.J. Stewart for an interception.

With one chance left in practice Winston seemed to find a groove but it was squandered. In a late-game scenario with no timeouts left Winston dropped in a nice completion to Howard, a pass to Evans in the flat that drew defensive pass interference for a first down, two completed passes to Godwin that moved them down the field and a screen to Perriman.

Then it went downhill. Following the screen Winston telegraphed a pass to Evans that was read like a book, jumped and absolutely should have ended the drive with an interception by Vernon Hargreaves. On the next play he was chased out of the pocket and threw the ball away and then on fourth down he escaped the pocket again, stepped up and fired an interception to safety Mike Edwards to end the possession and the practice with a turnover.

Bruce Arians thought Winston’s performance was solid overall, particularly in the red zone. Arians spoke about the progress Winston is making, along with the progress that he’s seen from the offense as a whole, following Friday’s practice.

 

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Alldaway 2.0
2 years ago

To be honest I am not sure how to interpret Winston’s progress as this point. All we can do is watch to see how this weekend and next week unfolds IMVHO.

macabee
2 years ago

Well I listened to Arians after practice presser and he thought Winston had a very good practice – the best red zone he’s had this training camp. Except for the pick he threw to S Mike Edwards at the end of practice when they were out of time, Arians said he is right where he’s supposed to be. Arians said it so for now I’m buying. Go Bucs!

chefboho
2 years ago

Well they don’t show the play on here, but the interception was tipped off of Cameron Brates hands. Hardly a bad day if that’s the only interception he had all day. Stop being so gloomy PR

Nobody
Reply to  chefboho
2 years ago

I agree that if the ball was where it needed to be and was a drop > pick, then that wouldn’t go down as a negatively graded play. If it was a bad throw to an open receiver and deflection > pick then it would be. Also: 1) Carlton Davis had a pick in Man. 2) Vernon Hargreaves should have had a Pick-6 on a very late boundary Hitch. 3) Edwards ended the final drive with a Pick where it looks like he was playing Robber in Cover 1 Man Robber. 4) He had a run of incompletions. That, coupled… Read more »

chefboho
Reply to  Nobody
2 years ago

so we count almost picks now? Last I checked that wasn’t a stat.

Nobody
Reply to  chefboho
2 years ago

Who is “we” in this situation?

If “we” is advanced metrics statisticians and professional graders…then yes.

Errant throws, Coverage misreads, adjusted Int % (including balls that should have been intercepted), adjusted Completion % (including balls that should have been caught)…and many more advanced metrics are available to evaluate QBing.

Game tape is also available.

If you’re analyzing QB play, throws that should have been intercepted are absolutely a part of the picture.

owlykat
2 years ago

It is a great accomplishment by BA to break Jameis’ Red Zone Jinx. Our young DBs are playing such tight coverages that combined with constant pressure on Jameis is making it difficult to get in any rhythm in his passing game. With those same DB’s getting Jameis short fields in games against our opponents that combined with his recent prowess in the Red Zone will give him more touchdowns than his average last year that will boost his confidence and give him the rhythm he is finding it difficult to develop now. Plus our new aggressive Defense will drop our… Read more »

Spitfire
2 years ago

There’s gonna be ups and Downs all the way to Week 1 but did you see that pass to Perriman down the sidelines? That thing was on the money? And have you heard anything else about Perriman and drops? When the Offense is on its rollin hard man. As Camp goes on we will see the mistakes get less and less and see those solid plays more and more. Things are lookin really good, just gotta our more and more space between the slip ups! If the receiving corps keeps this up we won’t even remember Humphries and Jackson and… Read more »

Captain Sly
2 years ago

“Stats are for Losers” the only ones that matter are W’s – L’s but I guess if some of you Stat Heads want to spend this wonderful Saturday tabulating “Almost Interceptions” go right ahead, But I can promise you BA and his coaching staff don’t feel the same way. Coach has had nothing but positive things to say all camp about Winston and his throws, decision making, and ball placement. So don’t I don’t suspect BA will suddenly start worrying about “Almost Interceptions” anytime soon.

Nobody
Reply to  Captain Sly
2 years ago

Go look at that play where VH3 misses that pick. The defense is in Cover 3 Zone (watch the near boundary CB is Pressing but goes with the vert that threatens his boundary 1/3 responsibility so it isn’t Cover 2Z, Vern’s deep 1/3 isn’t threatened by any vert in that Trips side so he doesn’t retreat and sits on that Hitch, you see Zone elsewhere; hence Cover 3 Zone). Jameis clearly was prioritizing that Shallow Dig on Trips side as his first read. It’s covered by the underneath Zone. So he goes late to that boundary Hitch to Mike (which… Read more »

bucianco
Reply to  Nobody
2 years ago

Nobody, awesome breakdown of the play. Thank you the detailing it like that. Helps me understand what was going on more so than just watching a bunch of guys running around after each other lol. Glass half full: Had Winston thrown the ball a 1/2 second sooner, VHIII would have mistimed his jump and Evans takes it to the house. It could just be a timing issue that can be worked out with repetition and practice. Or, imagine this… Lefty has Winston throw it late on purpose because Arians/Bowles wants to evaluate VHIII’s reaction to the play. So many possibilities.… Read more »

Captain Sly
2 years ago

Spitfire you are right about Perriman that was an amazing catch, But I was watching that Blanket Coverage that Carlton Davis III had on him. Winston had to be spot on with that throw because that was one of those Almost Picks. LOL

Captain Sly
2 years ago

Thumbs Up Nobody! But one can over analyse things. I’m sure BA recognized many things that Jamies can do and expect him to do better, I dunno. However I do know what he said after practice during the presser he said it was the best practice session thus far. So as Bucs fan I ain’t Worried!

bucianco
2 years ago

Here’s how I’m learning to look at it: Arians came to Tampa with a playbook containing over 200 new plays for the offense to learn. As they learn them there will undoubtedly be some mix-ups, where the receiver is on play 27 and QB is on play 114 (fyi it’s not just Jameis throwing INTs). They also have to find out which plays work the best for the talent that is on the team. Isn’t that what they’ve said all along? Coach to the players’ strengths. Find the plays that they execute well and insert those plays into the permanent… Read more »

Captain Sly
2 years ago

Good Point about Mahomes:
Last year during Camp Mahomes was throwing a lot of picks. ESPN, The Kansas City Star & others were reporting that Patrick Mahomes was a “Gunslinger” “Turnover Machine” yada yada yada. Sounds Familiar?
Anyways He went on to win the MVP Award. Lets as Bucs Fans Hope for similar results. Go Bucs!!!
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/24255909/kansas-city-chiefs-qb-patrick-mahomes-plagued-mistakes

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