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QB Jameis Winston - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-4, 231Born: 1-6-1994College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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General News (Wed Nov 22): did not practice on Wednesday.

General News (Mon Nov 20): has not yet been cleared to throw and will sit out Week 12 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Ryan Fitzpatrick remains an exceptionally mixed bag. His schtick is to look competent - even dynamic - at times, yet wholly unqualified to be under center at others. Now 34, and never a particularly precise passer, Fitzpatrick looks more often like the latter. He was strong in Week 11, throwing for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns, but his matchup with the Dolphins was near-cake, and he looked far worse in Week 10 than he looked good against Miami. With his scattershot arm and often baffling decision-making, Fitzpatrick is more an any-given-Sunday threat to implode than to excel. Still, his production (6.36 adjusted net yards per attempt, 5.9% touchdown rate) isn't any worse than Jameis Winston's was, so at least on paper, this passing game doesn't tumble much under his leadership, if at all. Again, matchup played a role, but he kept Mike Evans involved (92 yards across 10 targets) and turned Dolphins turnovers into touchdowns. Fitzpatrick's Week 12 outlook isn't rosy by any means, but it appears similar (or even equal) to what Winston's would be, so Evans, DeSean Jackson, and the team's tight ends don't deserve massive downgrades. It's the floor of the passing game, not its ceiling, that's tweaked right now. The Falcons pass defense remains a stout unit, one that gives grudgingly - just 5.3 net yards per attempt, third-best in football, and a seventh-best 200.8 yards per game. When we look deeper, however, we see some cracks in the armor. For one, we know that Tom Brady likely would've continued to shred them in Week 7 - he was 21 of 29 for 249 and 2 touchdowns - had game flow not put the ball on the ground. And their recent trend is a bit troubling: Josh McCown (26 of 33 for 257 and 2 touchdowns) and Russell Wilson (26 of 42 for 258 and 2, with 1 interception) have absolutely picked them apart in recent weeks. When the hit-or-miss pass rush isn't threatening quarterbacks, it's not especially hard to shred this secondary. Cornerback Desmond Trufant has been a shutdown force at times, but an overly aggressive gambled at others, and slot man Brian Poole has struggled mightily all year.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs CAR 67 21 38 210 0 2 3 13 0 1 8.8
9 at NO 29 7 13 67 0 0 2 8 0 0 4.15
12 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *
12 at ATL PROJ-Bloom * 0 0 * * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 9 vs NO (7 / 13 / 67 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)

Winston performed terribly before exiting the game at halftime. His accuracy has really taken a hit since the shoulder injury a few weeks ago. Winston took two official sacks and several more hits in his one half of play. He was driven down particularly hard on his right shoulder during the 2 minute drill at the end of the 2nd quarter, and his body language suggested that he had aggravated his previous injury. Backup QB Fitzpatrick trotted out with the offense in the 2nd half. Winston made one last appearance, walking onto the field from the bench in the 3rd quarter to poke Saints CB Marshon Lattimore forcibly in the back of the head. Lattimore responded by pushing Winston away, and Mike Evans came out of nowhere to tackle Lattimore from behind. Evans was flagged for unnecessary roughness and after review on Monday was suspended for one game by the NFL.

2017 Week 8 vs CAR (21 / 38 / 210 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)

Winston struggled badly with accuracy and terrible decision-making as the Carolina front seven applied steady pressure all game. Winston was sacked three times and hit several more, turning the ball over three times. Winston couldn't get a rhythm going with any of his receivers, especially on 3rd down. Winston missed big shots downfield to Evans and Djax and also struggled with accuracy in the short and intermediate passing game. Winston's first turnover was a fumble that he lost as he attempted to pitch the ball while being sacked. Winston was hit from behind when he threw his first interception, causing the ball to flutter straight up for an easy pick. His second interception was all on him, as he threw the ball right to Luke Kuechley, who was running with Cameron Brate step for step. Winston was nearly picked a third time as he attempted to throw the ball away while tacking a sack on 4th and 14 late in the 4th quarter. Winston and Mike Evans nearly connected for a game tying score with 6 minutes left in the 4th. Evans had his man beat down the right sideline, but Winston put a too much air under it.

2017 Week 7 vs BUF (32 / 44 / 384 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Winston played through a sprained AC joint in his shoulder and looked fairly sharp against a tough Bills defense, though he did turn the ball over twice with a fumble and interception. Tampa's protection was solid, with Buffalo only registering 1 sack. Winston spread the ball around well, targeting Evans 10 times, Brate 9, Jackson 8, and rookie TE OJ Howard 6 times. Winston nearly found Brate for a touchdown at the end of the 1st quarter, but a defender batted the pass down on 3rd and goal. The Bucs settled for field goals on their first 2 drives then stalled for the rest of the half before picking up some steam after halftime. Winston finally found OJ Howard for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter on a smoothly executed play action pass from a run formation inside the 10 yard line. Winston and the offense really do a good job of selling play action in general and using misdirection to get Howard open from the second tight end spot while Brate moves around the formation. Winston found Howard again for his 2nd touchdown later in the 4th quarter. Howard and Brate both lined up inline on the right side of the formation, and blocked left on the snap as Winston rolled out right on a bootleg. Howard leaked across the formation to the left, and took off up the sidelines where Winston hit him for an easy touchdown. Winston found Evans for a toe-tapping touchdown on the sideline late in the 4th, taking the snap from the shotgun and rolling right in a 5WR set to deliver a strike that tied the game. Winston and the offense were looking to lead a game winning drive with 2:30 left in the 4th quarter, but Adam Humphries lost a fumble after hauling in a bubble screen. Winston was sacked from behind and lost a fumble midway through the 2nd quarter. Winston was looking for Brate down the left seam when he was intercepted with around 30 seconds left in the 1st half. It was a rushed throw and a poor decision on Winston's part. Winston was nearly intercepted again early in the 4th when overthrowing Evans on a seam route, but the receiver knocked the ball loose while the defender was completing the catch. Desean Jackson also popped a ball out of a defender's hands to bail Winston out early in the 1st quarter.

2017 Week 6 vs ARI (5 / 10 / 61 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Winston caught a break in the 1st quarter when he attempted to force the ball to Desean Jackson on a deep route. The ball was picked by a diving defender who couldn't hang on as he crashed to the turf. Winston was forced from the game shortly after, as he seemed to be losing his touch and velocity on his passes. Ryan Fitzpatrick was pressed into service, and performed admirably as Winston could be seen warming up on the sidelines after the injury. Early indications are an AC joint sprain that could possibly be played through, if it's not limiting his effectiveness. The Bills pass defense will be a challenge for whichever quarterback starts week 7.

2017 Week 5 vs NE (26 / 46 / 334 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)

Winston struggled with accuracy and continues to make questionable decisions. His protection wasn't consistent, but Winston just wasn't making some of the throws that you expect from a quarterback with his pedigree. The Patriots dropped back in zone coverage to limit big plays by Evans and Jackson, leaving Winston dinking and dunking in the short passing game most of the day. He tried to flick a pass deep to Desean Jackson with a defender draped over his back in the 1st quarter, nearly resulting in an interception. Winston also overthrew an open Humphries in the end zone on the Bucs' first scoring drive. Winston continued to force it to Jackson, dropping a pass into double coverage at the end of the 2nd quarter that would have been intercepted had the ground not jarred the ball loose from the diving defender's grasp. Jackson got open down the right sideline in the 3rd, but Winston sailed the ball long again. Winston scrambled down to the 3 yard line late in the 4th quarter, lowering his shoulder instead of sliding and taking a hit that surely made the coaching staff cringe. He scrambled around right end for a touchdown on the next play, but the score was negated by an illegal hands to the face penalty. Winston was tackled awkwardly again on a scramble with 3 minutes left in the 4th, then dropped the snap on the next play, resulting in a sack. Winston and the offense just couldn't finish drives, as Nick Folk missed 3 field goal attempts.Winston led a scoring drive at the end of the 4th quarter, capping it off with a touchdown to Cameron Brate on the seam route that he and Winston have connected on many times in the red zone. The Bucs failed an onside kick attempt with just over 2 minutes left, but they still got the ball back one last time. Winston and company drove down the field but ran out of time before they could score, with Winston one slinging one final pass to a double-covered OJ Howard in the end zone.

2017 Week 4 vs NYG (22 / 38 / 332 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / 12 / 0 rush)

Winston posted a great stat line in the sloppy conditions, as the Bucs fought back from a late 4th quarter deficit for the win. Winston hooked up with Evans for his first touchdown of the day early in the 1st quarter, placing the ball over the defenders head where only a leaping Evans could reach. The offense used a little misdirection to get OJ Howard wide open for a 58 yard touchdown late in the 1st quarter. Winston faked the handoff left and rolled right, as Howard ran from the right side of the formation left across the field and up the left sideline. Winston hit Howard in stride and the rookie tight end sprinted the rest of the 58 yards to the end zone untouched. Winston was fortunate to have an easy interception dropped late in the 2nd quarter after he made an ill-advised throw in the face of an all-out blitzer. Winston got a chance to lead the Bucs in a 2 minute drill at the end of the first half, finding Adam Humphries for several completions and Mike Evans for a leaping grab down to the 1 yard line. The play was initially ruled a touchdown but was overturned after review. Winston did a great job scrambling to extend the play and driving the ball deep to get Tampa in scoring position with less than a minute left. Winston led another touchdown drive in the 4th, capping it off with a touchdown pass up the seam to Cameron Brate. Winston and the offense then got the ball back with 3:16 left on the clock, down 23-22, with Evans and Brate both making big catches to take the Bucs into field goal range for the winning score. Brate's pass was a dime that Winston dropped over his shoulder on a seam route.

2017 Week 3 vs MIN (28 / 40 / 328 / 2 / 3 pass, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

It was an ugly day for Winston, as Minnesota's pass rush kept him on the run and he struggled with accuracy. Tampa Bay's run game completely stalled and they fell behind early. Winston seemed determined to force the ball to Desean Jackson despite some chemistry issues. Winston threw 2 INTs while looking for Jackson, and a 3rd late in the game while looking for Mike Evans in triple coverage. Winston, facing a free blitzer, made an ill advised throw into triple coverage early in the 1st, floating a wobbly pass that Cameron Brate somehow secured with defenders draped all over him. He was intercepted on a bad pass to Desean Jackson in the end zone shortly after. Winston wanted him on a deep corner route, but he short-armed the ball, making it an easy interception for the defender trailing Jackson. Winston also overthrew him on a deep route at the end of the 2nd quarter. Winston scored on a better-rehearsed connection between himself and Cameron Brate in the 3rd quarter. Brate took off up the seam from the inline position and Winston hit him in the end zone for the score. Winston and Jackson finally hooked up for a score at the end of the 3rd, with Jameis airing out a deep ball over Jackson's defender in the end zone. Winston and Jackson appeared to miscommunicate on a route in the 4th quarter, as Winston's pass was nowhere near Jackson, leading to an easy interception and long return by safety Sendejo. Winston's third and final interception was just a terrible decision to throw to Mike Evans, who was triple-covered in the end zone late in the 4th. Winston was only sacked twice, but he also bobbled the snap several times, nearly resulting in more turnovers.

2017 Week 2 vs CHI (18 / 30 / 204 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)

Winston had a fairly efficient day, completing 18 of 30 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown with no turnovers; however, he left a lot of yards on the field with several missed opportunities. Winston had Desean Jackson open in or near the end zone 3 times and overthrew him twice, with Jackson securing one catch but falling out of bounds. The good news is that Winston is definitely looking down the field for his new speedy WR. Winston also missed a wide open Charles Sims, who had several steps on his defender while running a deep wheel route in the 2nd half. Winston found Mike Evans on a corner route for a beautiful toe-tapping touchdown early in the 1st half. With Tampa Bay capitalizing on so many Chicago turnovers, Winston and the offense didn't put up quite the offensive numbers that you might expect from a 29-0 victory. Ryan Fitzpatrick spelled Winston for a few snaps in the 4th quarter with the game on ice.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Wednesday's practice report for Tampa (Wed Nov 22, 04:47 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Robert Ayers (concussion), CB Vernon Hargreaves III (hamstring) and QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Nov. 22. TE Cameron Brate (ankle), OT Demar Dotson (hamstring), DE William Gholston (neck), CB Robert McClain (hamstring), DT Gerald McCoy (shoulder, back), CB Joshua Robinson (hamstring), OT Donovan Smith (knee), C Evan Smith (concussion) and OG J.R. Sweezy (knee) were limited participants.

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Buccaneers | Jameis Winston ruled out for Week 12 (Mon Nov 20, 02:59 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) has not yet been cleared to throw and will sit out Week 12 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Our View: The Buccaneers are clearing taking it easy on Winston as he deals with this problematic shoulder injury. We'll see Ryan Fitzpatrick as the team's starter for the third week in a row.
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Buccaneers | Week 11 inactives for Bucs (Sun Nov 19, 11:35 AM) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have declared OT Caleb Benenoch, QB Jameis Winston, C Joe Hawley, TE Luke Stocker, DL Sealver Siliga, CB Vernon Hargreaves III, DL William Gholston inactive for Week 11.

Buccaneers | Jameis Winston does light work (Fri Nov 17, 10:51 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (shoulder) had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his injured shoulder about a week ago, according to head coach Dirk Koetter, and Koetter said Winston has begun light rehab.

Our View: The Bucs are going to take it easy on Winston as he returns. They're out of the playoff picture this year (basically) with a 3-6 record. The team doesn't want to risk further injury to their star quarterback. Now only if the Colts would've treated Andrew Luck this way...
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Buccaneers | Week 11 injury report for Bucs (Fri Nov 17, 04:00 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (shoulder), DE William Gholston (neck) and CB Vernon Hargreaves III (hamstring) did not participate in practice Friday, Nov. 17, and have been ruled out for Week 11. DE Robert Ayers (ankle, calf), OT Demar Dotson (hamstring), CB Robert McClain (hamstring), DT Gerald McCoy (back, shoulder), OT Donovan Smith (knee) and OG J.R. Sweezy (knee) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

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