Quarterbacks coaching guru George Whitfield, Jr. spent the weekend ending speculation about whether former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is getting fat and told USA Today on Monday that he is considering throwing at the NFL Combine, which starts on Tuesday, February 17.
A picture of Winston training shows the NFL Draft prospect in an unflattering position with his stomach protruding. Whitfield said that the picture in question was taken a month ago and that he had a tether tied around his waist, which exaggerated his belly.
“He’s lost about 12-15 pounds,” Whitfield said. “He’s always had a thing about pushing his stomach out. “I hadn’t seen the pic until Saturday. You smile about it because people got it and they jumped on it. When I saw him later, Jameis laughed and said, ‘I’m going to be out in front of the world in a couple of days anyway.
“He’s been working his butt off the last five weeks to make sure he’s going to make a tough decision for somebody. He looks good. I like where he is, focused, driven. He’s enjoying the process.”
Winston, who is listed on the Seminoles’ website at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, will have his pro day on March 31 at Florida State’s Doak Campbell Stadium, but Whitfield, who is also training Baylor’s Bryce Petty, said he may decide to throw at the NFL Scouting Combine.
“It’s a game-time decision,” Whitfield said. “He’s a very big believer in himself, so it’ll be interesting. He’s prepared to do it. Whether he goes in and does it will probably be determined a couple of days from now. At this time, he hasn’t made a decision.”
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the number one pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and are considering using that selection to draft Winston or Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner. Mariota is also contemplating throwing at the Combine, but is coming off a shoulder injury to the AC joint he suffered in the national championship loss to Ohio State.
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Throw at the combine. Show them it makes no difference. Some will be perfect and a few won’t; that’s no big deal.
I would be shocked if either threw. It’s just not common for a top 5 QB to throw. If he did though it would show some guts. But again, I doubt either will throw.
Come on JW…can we just flash forward to training camp…cant wait to see his face went Jackson and Evans are down field…oh ya!!!
I’ll take either QB, but I would prefer Mariota. Skill set is just as good and he is a good kid. Winston could very well end up in Jail if he handles things the same way in the NFL as he did in College. Good chance that a rookie is going to struggle no matter what, but after watching him in his first loss against Oregon, I think he will pout everytime he doesn’t get his way. We need a guy who is mature enough to lead a team and also handle adversity and loss.
Where you saw pouting,which yes, him and fisher had words , which they do a lot. I saw a QB that was patting his running back on the head and telling him everything was ok after his second fumble. I saw a guy sit down with his entire offense on the sideline when they were down 30 telling them to just finish strong and no matter what happens he loved them. IT’s no secret that Jameis is an incredible teammate and leader.
What bothers me is the same situation with mariotta when they are getting creamed in the championship game is sitting on the sidelines by himself with his helmet on. I’m tired of quiet leaders. AS a Bucs fan I’ll support either they pick, but my preference obviously is Jameis. All that said, that is IF he passes all of the vetting from the bucs and such.
Joe Montana was a quiet on the sidelines, I like rah rah guys too, but a leader wins games by his play more than his mouth, Josh Johnson was great on the sidelines as a vocal leader but so what.
True joe Montana was a quiet leader but loom at all of the great qbs today. Brady, manning, Rogers and brees. These guys are all vocal leaders on and off of the field. A qb needs to command respect in the huddle too. I just think we need more vocal leaders on this team. Especially from the qb position. Just my thoughts.
I would actually like to hear about Winston’s interview workout… How does that go? His physicals are not the issue. Scott, is there any way you could find out info about the Bucs interrogation (ala Jack Bauer) techniques or strategy for Winston; and vice versa… Who is schooling Winston for these interviews? I’d LOVE to see that meeting at the Combine…e
Forget the off the field stuff…I would ask why he showed up with his pads on for warm ups in a game he was suspended. I would show video of him yelling and blowing off Jimbo and ask what he was thinking. Or throwing a ref out of the way to get the snap off.
That is not a picture of a man who is working his butt off (especially after “losing 10-15lbs”). Red flag, he’s skinny-fat (built like a high schooler). My younger cousin plays D1 QB at a school in Texas and he is the same size at 6’5″ 225 but would absolutely destroy winston in the weight room (my uncles played in the MAC and my grandfather played canadian-pro football for the BC lions- I know how to throw a football). I don’t mean to fat shame winston but belly fat/lack of musculature like that slows down football mechanics no matter what position you play. If he doesn’t throw at the combine, he’s hiding flawed mechanics. No QB throwing 18 int in a season is an accurate passer and that question needs to be addressed at the combine or a pro day among the plethora of other issues jameis has brought upon himself. What happens if Mariota nails the route tree under center at his pro day/combine????
Deeze- a qb’s physique is irregardless, see Brady Quinn and Tim Tebow. Then look at Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Dan Marino and Dan Fouts
Ok you’re reaching a little here. Did you not read the article, he’s kost 12 pounds and has always looked like that. Brady Quinn was built like a super hero, how’d that work out? Peyton manning is built like a wall, how’s he? Hiding mechanical flaws? Qbs normally don’t throw in the combine if get are top ten. It’s a fact so not sure what you mean there.
Man, I can NOT wait until the draft is over. Enough of this BS. “Reports say Bucs are leaning towards Winston.”
“Reports say Bucs are committed towards Mariota.” Grrrrrrrrr.
I do feel a bit sorry for the powers-that-be at One Buc. No matter who they choose, half their fan base will be enraged. Which means every pass of every game for the next two + years will be followed by “I told you so” statements by out of shape posers who think they know more than an NFL GM and coach. I can handle that. But, all these “reports” by supposed journalists with “sources inside the Bucs” are just pathetic. The draft can not get here fast enough for me.
BucsWin, I couldn’t agree with you more. No matter who is picked, there will be a bunch of “I told you so” after a mistake. Let’s support whoever is picked and let’s win some games! Go Bucs!
Let’s be serious, it’s the 1st overall pick, this pick can’t be mariota, just can’t be…Winston has been compared to luck, who was a definite number 1, who benefited from having a father who played in the league and was guided to that position smartly and carefully, he was a damn near can’t miss and has lived up to it…Winston is that caliber of qb and has been under a hot lamp since that first Pitt blowout…he’s handled everything very well and as we’ve seen with other weak minded qb’s, handling adversity that will undoubtedly come over and over, I don’t have that warm and fuzzy with mariota…if we take him, I’ll support for sure, but I’ll know that we didn’t take the better qb for 2015 and beyond…mariota has been compared to Aaron Rodgers and I feel that Maybe an accurate comparison, draft and sit for a little while and possibly be a great qb one day with the right situation…the off the field stuff really isnt such big red flags that you pass Winston up…what has he really been guilty of that is so monstrous? he made some bad choices and believe me, who hasn’t as a freshman and sophomore in college? We’ll never get to see those who came before him and Manziel, but I’m absolutely positive that some of the top tier guys that are lauded as being some of the best men in the nfl today and yester year had some bumps in the road on their way to being upstanding men…Manziel and Winston have the fortune and misfortune of being bmoc when information and media can be put out instantly…no excuses for his mistakes, but in my 20yr experience in the Army, 17 of which has been as a leader, mentor, trainer, guide and sometimes father of some great men and women, you can’t toss away a potential future leader, someone who has a ton of positives but made some mistakes early on or I wouldn’t be a Master Sergeant today and a lot of the now senior nco’s and warrant officers that I’ve led in the past would who are now leading others wouldn’t be around…we need a qb big time, glennon isn’t the guy or we wouldn’t be having these Winston mariota debates…if we don’t draft Winston I’d rather just trade back and stock pile…this is all just my opinion of course
I think that if winston is the bucs guy. Please Tampa build the team around him with OT. OG and another OC by way of the draft or Vet FA’s.GO BUCS
I remember seeing Tom Brady with his shirt off at the Combine. Looked a tad soft.
Just read an article on Walter football. com that the Glazers are comfortable picking Winston if that is the pick. Well I guess that leaves the pick in LILO’s hands and the interview process. This could be the beginning of something special in Tampa Bay!
Thanks Mac, similar but the Walter football.com article is a little more positive that the Glazers are on board to pick Winston.
I was just about to post this. And while it may not be true like I said, maybe the gkazers are tired of sucking
Here’s the link if anyone wants to see it.
O.K., he looks like a black Sonny Jorgenson in that picture, who by the way for you younger viewers could sling the rock. I saw some other pics that were taken that day, that showed a slimmed down Winston from last season. The angle of the photo, with the tight waistband on, makes him look bad. Same sort of angles that make people think they sometimes see flying saucers. We’ll all soon see him standing naked to the world. There’s quiet leaders, there’s vocal leaders. Bottom line, like with Montana, everyone loves, and follows a winner. Doesn’t matter who you chew out, or who you pat on the head. Just win baby.
Saw the same thing surfer dude. It’s just the way the pick was taken. I ain’t going to lie though I laughed my ass off when is saw this pic.
I think one thing that you can take away from this is that Winston is not exhibiting poor judgement here before the draft (to this point). He’s listening to people around him and he’s doing whatever he can do to at least look like he’s trying to become better. I think this is a good sign? e
It seems like Winston is doing the hard work to get prepared. Jim Harbaugh? Who knew?
Mac, Good info about Winston,happy to see he is putting in the extra work. I sure hope we pick this kid as he has the tools to be great. He looks like he has the desire to be a top QB and we sure could use one.
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