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.