QB Jameis Winston - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|6-4, 231||Born: 1-6-1994||College: Florida State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 1|
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2016 Week 17 vs CAR (20 / 35 / 202 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)
Winston had another up and down performance as his gunslinger mentality led to some questionable throws. Winston's receivers also tipped several passes and struggled with drops, contributing to his poor completion percentage. Winston was forced to improvise often as his offensive line struggled to protect him in the passing game. Winston took 3 sacks and several more hits, scrambling 3 times for a total of 18 yards. He rolled out around right end for a 10 yard scramble early in the 1st quarter. Winston was nearly intercepted in the 1st quarter after a tipped pass at the line of scrimmage deflected into the arms of Thomas Davis. Winston was intercepted on the next drive of the 1st quarter, as a pass bounced off Adam Humphries' chest and into the arms of a Carolina defender on the left sideline. Winston lost the ball again on Tampa Bay's next offensive drive, fumbling the ball after being sacked from behind after a brief scramble. Winston had another decisive scramble for a 1st down on 2nd and 9 midway through the 2nd quarter. Winston capped off the game winning drive late in the 4th quarter with a touchdown pass to Mike Evans in the front left corner of the end zone.
2016 Week 16 vs NO (23 / 35 / 277 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / 14 / 0 rush)
Winston had an up and down week 16, losing passing game weapon Cameron Brate in the 3rd quarter. After the loss, Winston was throwing to Mike Evans and a supporting cast that included Josh Huff, Russell Shepard, and Brandon Myers. The lack of weapons showed as Winston struggled to find open receivers against a solid defensive effort from the Saints. New Orleans only managed 2 official sacks of Winston, but he was hurried and hit often throughout the game. Winston's 1st touchdown of the day capped off a 2nd quarter drive with a quick pass to Cameron Brate. The Bucs drove down to the Saints' red zone, lining up inside the 10 yard line in a 3WR set with Brate in-line on the left side of the formation. At the snap, Brate streaked straight up the field and Winston fired a laser pass through traffic for the touchdown. Winston's 2nd touchdown was a beautiful 34 yard bomb to Mike Evans in the 3rd quarter. Evans lined up tight to the formation inside of wideout Shepard and TE Stocker, who was flexed out to the slot. Winston took a shotgun snap and threw a jump ball up for Evans, who made a physical catch on a deep corner route over tight defensive coverage for the touchdown. Winston threw a brutal interception on the first drive of the 3rd quarter. After Josh Huff muffed a kick at the Tampa Bay 4 yard line, Winston was forced to operate out of his own end zone. He took the snap and dropped back, heaving a desperate throw for Mike Evans streaking down the left sideline. Winston apparently never saw safety Jairus Byrd sitting back in coverage, and the Saint defender had an easy pick and a return well into the Tampa Bay red zone. Byrd had Winston's number for the day, picking him off again late in the 4th quarter. Russell Shepard lined up wide left and ran a 10 yard-in route, but Byrd was sitting over the top of the zone in coverage, and jumped the pass as soon as Shepard cut inside.
2016 Week 15 vs DAL (17 / 35 / 247 / 2 / 3 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Winston played the part of Santa Claus for the Dallas defense, handing out turnovers like gifts to anyone who was interested. His offensive line did a terrible job of protecting him, and Winston was wildly inaccurate when he did have time and open receivers. His brutal day began with a strip-sack fumble early in the 2nd quarter. Winston dropped back to pass and had the ball loaded up to throw when a defender slapped it out of his hand from behind. Dallas capitalized with a touchdown a few plays later. Winston drew a penalty for unnecessary roughness with a headbutt late in the 2nd quarter, setting the Bucs up for 2nd and goal on the 28 yard line. Winston heaved up a long Hail Mary that was intercepted as the 1st half expired. Winston had an uglier interception early in the 4th quarter. He appeared to be looking for Adam Humphries on the left side of the field, but also had Evans and Brate nearby when he sailed a ball badly, landing it right in the arms of a Dallas defender. Winston had consecutive passes deflected at the line of scrimmage as the Bucs attempted to drive the field and break a late tie in the 4th quarter. Winston had Evans open down the left sideline for what could have been a touchdown late in the 4th, but he overthrew him. Winston was strip-sacked again late in the 4th quarter and lost the football, but Tampa Bay managed to recover this time. Winston threw one final interception to Orlanda Scandrick in the waning seconds of the 4th quarter. Russell Shepard was crossing deep as Winston was scrambling, but the pass was off its mark on 4th and 12, ending the game. Winston's first touchdown pass could have just as easily been another interception. Humphries lined up wide right with Evans in the slot, and Winston looked to Humphries on a deep post route that was luckily deflected back into Humphries' arms for a 42 yard touchdown. Winston found Cameron Brate on his second touchdown pass of the day. The tight end flexed out to the left slot on a 4th quarter drive that had taken the Bucs deep into Dallas territory. Winston took the shotgun snap and Brate broke on a skinny post route and made a leaping grab over a Dallas safety for the touchdown.
2016 Week 14 vs NO (16 / 26 / 184 / 0 / 0 pass, 5 / 16 / 0 rush)
Winston did what he could with a depleted receiving core and poor pass protection. He did a fantastic job of avoiding pressure all day, as his offensive line struggled to keep him upright. He stepped up in the pocket on 3rd and 3 to avoid deep pressure from a couple of Saints in the 2nd quarter, finding Mike Evans for a 3rd down conversion just one play after breaking 4 tackles on a short scramble. Winston rolled out of the pocket and scrambled for a 14 yard gain on 2nd and 15 in the 1st quarter, and drew a personal foul for another 15 yards at the end of the run. Winston had Evans wide open in the end zone on a 1st quarter drive, but he overthrew the receiver and couldn't complete the post route for a score. Winston targeted Evans in the end zone again on the next offensive drive, drawing a pass interference penalty against the Saints to set Tampa Bay up on the 1 yard line. Winston targeted Brandon Myers over the middle two plays later, leading to another defensive pass interference penalty in the end zone. The Bucs capped the drive off with a 1 yard Martin touchdown run on the next play. Winston attempted only 26 passes on the day, completing 18, and no Tampa Bay receiver recorded more than 47 yards receiving.
2016 Week 13 vs SD (20 / 30 / 280 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 1 / 0 rush)
Winston had an efficient day, completing 20 of 30 passes for 280 yards and a score. He made a terrible throw on his only interception of the game early in the 1st quarter. Winston faked a handoff and then launched a play action ball towards Mike Evans near the sidelines, never noticing Casey Hayward, who jumped the route for an easy interception. The Chargers failed to capitalize on the turnover, as their ensuing offensive drive ended in a missed field goal. Winston had a slick 15 yard scramble where he dodged several would-be tacklers called back because of a penalty in the 2nd quarter. Winston made a dangerous decision while taking a 3rd quarter sack, attempting to throw the ball out of bounds while he was being dragged down by a defender. He was unable to get the ball all the way out of bounds, and it fell between 2 defenders for a near interception. Winston threw a good ball for Russell Shepard in the 3rd quarter, but the receiver stepped out of bounds before catching the ball in the end zone. Winston finally found paydirt in the 4th quarter, hitting Cameron Brate on a double move in the end zone for the go-ahead score with 9 minutes left. Winston found Mike Evans on the 2 point conversion attempt, scrambling away from pressure to buy time before hitting Evans right over the middle of the end zone. Despite injuries in the receiving core, Winston did not focus on usual target hog Evans, as tight end Brate actually led the team with 9 targets. Winston found Brate, Evans, Martino, Rodgers, Martin, and Shepard all for gains of 15 yards or more. Tampa Bay's offensive line struggled to keep Winston upright at times, as he constantly had to extend plays with his legs.
2016 Week 12 vs SEA (21 / 28 / 220 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 12 / 0 rush)
Winston had a nifty 8 yard scramble to pick up a 1st down on the Bucs' first offensive drive of the game. On the next play, he retreated over ten yards to avoid a sack, while Mike Evans found an open spot on the sideline for another first down on an amazing scramble by Winston. Winston found Evans for a 26 yard gain on a deep corner route, then capped the drive off with a short touchdown pass to Evans. Winston faked the play action and rolled left while Evans drifted across the formation on a shallow crossing route. Winston found Cameron Brate for a big gain on the 2nd drive of the game, and capped it with a long touchdown pass to Mike Evans over Richard Sherman down the left sideline. Winston threw a perfect ball that only Evans could reach with a diving catch. The Tampa Bay offense cooled considerably after their first 2 scores. Winston had another touchdown pass to Cameron Brate that was called back in the 4th quarter because of an illegal use of hands to the face penalty on Joe Hawley. He followed this play up with his only interception of the game. Wilson was looking for Mike Evans in the back of the end zone when Kam Chancellor jumped the pass for the pick.
2016 Week 11 vs KC (24 / 39 / 331 / 1 / 0 pass, 5 / 22 / 0 rush)
Winston was efficient with his passing(24 of 39 for 331 yards), but he and the offense struggled to score touchdowns. Winston did narrowly miss several deep shots to Mike Evans in the end zone throughout the course of the game. He picked up 22 yards on the ground, and was only sacked once for a loss of 5 yards. Winston lost a fumble and a scoring opportunity on Tampa Bay's first offensive drive of the game. The ball simply slipped out of his hand as he was loading up to throw. Winston threw a beautiful jump ball fade to Evans in the end zone later in the 2nd quarter, but Evans' defender knocked the ball away as the two fell to the turf. Winston made another beautiful over-the-shoulder throw to Cecil Shorts in the left side of the end zone in the 3rd quarter, but the receiver landed just out of bounds as he secured a diving catch. Winston finally found the end zone late in the 4th quarter with a play action pass to tight end/fullback Alan Cross. Cross faked a lead block and took off into the flats, where Winston found him for an easy touchdown reception after faking the handoff.
2016 Week 10 vs CHI (23 / 33 / 312 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Winston was elusive inside and outside the pocket, showing off with several scrambles throughout the day. He picked up 20 yards on the ground with a 2nd quarter scramble, but a holding call on Demar Dotson nullified the gain. Winston led a 2nd quarter scoring drive that featured several completions to tight end Brate, capping the drive with a skinny post route to Brate for the score. The highlight of his day was a scramble that will probably go down as one of the best plays of the year. With Tampa Bay on their own 20 yard line, Winston took the snap and was immediately pressured from multiple angles. He retreated backwards towards his own end zone and channeled Patches O'Houlihan from the movie "Dodgeball" as he dodged, dipped, dove, duck, and dodged tacklers left and right. He was nearly brought down for a safety, but he avoided the pressure and launched a deep ball for Evans, who made a leaping catch over his defender for a 39 yard gain. The throw itself was much longer than 39 yards because Winston was so far behind the original line of scrimmage. Winston followed the play up with a 43 yard strike to Freddie Martino for a touchdown. He was unable to improvise his way out of a pass rush later in the 3rd quarter when he took a sack in the Chicago red zone that backed Tampa Bay up nearly 15 yards after they drove down to the Chicago 10 yard line. Winston was intercepted in the 1st quarter when his pass glanced off the hands of Cecil Shorts. Winston made a great effort at the tackle on the return, and actually punched the ball out of the defenders hands, but it rolled out of bounds. Winston took some lumps as he was sacked 4 times and hit several more.
2016 Week 9 vs ATL (23 / 37 / 261 / 3 / 0 pass, 2 / 14 / 0 rush)
Winston hit Mike Evans with a dime throw in the back right right corner of the end zone for Tampa's 1st touchdown of the day. Winston faked a handoff and rolled right while Evans worked his way back to the corner, with the two connecting just before Evans ran out of bounds. Winston looked to Evans again for his 2nd score of the day. Evans drew tight coverage as he ran an out and up route down the sideline to the end zone, but Winston threw a beautiful jump ball into the end zone that Evans secured far above his defender's outstretched hands. Winston tacked on his 3rd touchdown of the day in garbage with Tampa Bay down 40-14 late in the 4th, finding Adam Humphries with a laser throw on a short out route just over the goal line. Winston took a hard hit on the ensuing 2 point attempt as he tried to run the ball around the right end. He would not return to the game on the next drive, as Mike Glennon took over for the remaining few minutes of the 4th. Winston insisted after the game that he was fine, and indeed returned to practice on Monday. Winston lost a fumble in the 1st quarter on a second effort dive for a 1st down on 3rd and 1. He was stonewalled on his first attempt and lost the ball as he rolled right and tried to dive for the yard marker. It was a tough day for Winston in the pocket as he took 3 sacks and several more big hits after throwing or scrambling. Winston nearly threw an interception late in the 2nd quarter as he lobbed a wobbly, high pass towards Mike Evans, who tried his best but couldn't haul it in. He finished the day with 2 scrambles for 14 yards.
2016 Week 8 vs OAK (16 / 32 / 180 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 16 / 0 rush)
Winston couldn't keep up with Derek Carr on a record setting day for the Oakland QB. Winston didn't post big yardage or completion totals, and had several narrowly missed connections with downfield receivers. Winston's first touchdown was a beautiful play-action rollout that ended with Winston hitting Russell Shepard's back shoulder with a dime throw in the back corner of the end zone. He scrambled for 9 yards in the 2nd quarter and added 15 by drawing a penalty on a late hit. Winston and Cameron Brate hooked up for a touchdown on a short post route at the beginning of the 4th quarter. Winston and Evans were inches away from a 70+ yard connection in the 4th quarter, but Winston's pass was just barely out of the reach of Evans, who had a couple of steps on his defender. Winston loaded up another downfield bomb for Evans in overtime, but couldn't connect. Winston had a big scramble that picked up a 3rd down conversion and 20 yards negated by a holding penalty in the 1st quarter. He rolled out of the pocket for a red zone scramble in the 4th quarter and took a big shot at the 1 yard line. Winston finished the day completing 16 of 32 passes for 180 yards. He was sacked twice.
2016 Week 7 vs SF (21 / 30 / 269 / 3 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
It was a solid day for Winston, who completed 21 of 30 pass attempts for 269 and 3 touchdowns, with an interception that was caused by his receiver. He was only officially sacked twice, though he did take several more hits as the Tampa Bay offensive line struggled some in pass protection. The offense dedicated itself to establishing the run game early, and found success there all day long as Rodgers carried for 154 yards and Barber chipped in 84. Winston played off of this success with play action passes downfield, though he missed a few big opportunities. Winston threw his first touchdown pass of the day to Mike Evans in the 2nd quarter. Evans split out wide left, alone on that side of the formation inside the San Francisco red zone. Winston took the snap from the shotgun and immediately had to scramble away from pressure to buy time as Evans worked his way open in the left corner of the end zone for the score. Winston's second TD pass capped off a 2-minute drill at the end of the 1st half after Tampa Bay intercepted SF QB Colin Kaepernick. After driving down the field and missing Russell Shepard in the back of the end zone on the previous play, Winston found Shepard in the back right corner for a 19 yard touchdown strike. Winston overthrew an open Mike Evans on a deep bomb in the end zone in the 3rd quarter, narrowly missing a long touchdown strike. He reconnected with Evans later in the drive to cap it with a shorter touchdown pass. Winston ran a play action fake to Rodgers and then rolled right, throwing up a jump ball for Evans, who went up and brought the pass down over 2 defenders. Winston's only interception of the day hit Evans squarely in the hands, but the ball clanged off of the receiver's gloves and into the arms of San Francisco LB Gerald Hodges. Winston drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty inside the San Francisco red zone during a 2nd quarter drive that ended in a field goal.
2016 Week 5 vs CAR (18 / 30 / 219 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 6 / 0 rush)
Despite being without their top 2 backs, Tampa Bay attempted to establish the run early, starting the game with 6 straight carries for 3rd-string back Rodgers. Winston finally attempted a pass on the offense's 7th play- a short play-action completion to Alan Cross on an out route from the fullback position. The commitment to the run did open up some play-action opportunities downfield later in the game, but Winston struggled somewhat as he overthrew several open receivers. Winston narrowly avoided losing a fumble right after the Bucs intercepted Derek Anderson at the end of the 2nd quarter. He did a great job of stepping up in the pocket to avoid hot pursuit from Luke Kuechly, but he lost the ball as he was being tackled after picking up the 1st down. Winston rained targets down on his favorite receiver Evans all night, but had trouble with accuracy as he was forced to move around in the pocket to avoid pressure. He overthrew Evans twice in the end zone at the end of the 1st half, and later overthrew Evans on a long deep ball in the 3rd where Evans had a step on his defenders. He overthrew slot receiver Humphries and Evans again later in the 4th on deep routes. Winston rolled out right on a play action pass and found Cameron Brate down the left sideline for Tampa Bay's longest offensive play of the night(38 yards) in the 3rd. Winston followed the play up with another beautiful play-action pass for a score. He faked a handoff to Rodgers and found Mike Evans all alone in the left side of the end zone, hitting the big receiver in stride for the score. Winston completed a 2 point conversion to Adam Humphries to tie the game on the next play. The slot receiver ran a short curl route from a trio bunch formation on the right side of the line, and Winston hit him for the score. Winston led two lengthy drives at the end of the 4th, the first of which ended in a missed field goal by Aguayo. The final drive featured crucial completions to Evans, Rodgers, and Jackson, and was capped by a redemption field goal for Aguayo as time expired. Winston nearly gave the ball back to Carolina late in the 4th with a badly overthrown pass to Mike Evans that clanged off of a defender's hands.
2016 Week 4 vs DEN (17 / 35 / 179 / 0 / 2 pass, 5 / 19 / 1 rush)
Winston had a horrible day, struggling with decision-making as his offensive line opened up like a sieve for the Denver pass rush. His first pass attempt was intercepted by Aqib Talib in the 1st quarter, setting up a Demaryius Thomas touchdown reception. Winston was looking for Humphries across the middle in traffic, but led the receiver too much. Talib intercepted Winston again in the 2nd quarter as the QB looked for Mike Evans on a deep route. Talib was sitting in coverage and saw the pass coming the entire time, jumping the route and returning the ball to the Tampa 25. Winston had Sims open on a crossing route underneath with some room to run, but he misread the play and forced it in to Evans. Winston later targeted Evans on a bomb to the end zone in the 2nd quarter, but the pass was knocked away by tight coverage. Winston nearly threw another pick to CB Chris Harris while looking for Adam Humphries on one of the slot receiver's signature bubble screens late in the 2nd, but Humphries managed to knock to the ball down. Winston finished the day completing less than half of his passes for a mere 179 yards. Winston scored Tampa Bay's only touchdown on a beautiful scramble in the 1st quarter. After finding Cameron Brate in the red zone to put the Bucs in scoring position, Winston broke free from a couple of arm tackles and sprinted for the end zone, diving in for the score. Winston had to keep his feet moving all day, as he constantly had to improvise to avoid pressure and extend the play. He was sacked 5 times for 36 yards, and took several more hits as the offensive line struggled to protect Winston in the passing game or open holes for the run.
2016 Week 3 vs LA (36 / 58 / 405 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)
Winston had a lot of success throwing the ball on play action from under center, especially on downfield plays to Mike Evans. When the deep balls to Evans weren't there, Winston usually checked it down to Adam Humphries somewhere in the short to intermediate passing game. Humphries and Winston have developed a nice chemistry, as the smaller slot receiver was peppered with targets(12), just one shy of Evans' team-leading 13. Evans, Humphries, and tight end Cameron Brate(10 targets) comprise a nice core group of young receivers who seem to be growing with Winston every game. Brate was Winston's go-to guy in the end zone, hauling in 2 touchdown passes on the day. Brate found paydirt in the first half on a play action-bootleg from inside the 5 yard line. Winston faked the handoff to Sims, then rolled out right as Brate, who began the play in-line, faked a block and then trailed along in the flat until Winston was able to drop the pass in for the score. Winston threw his second touchdown to Brate in the 4th quarter on a similar play. The QB faked a handoff to RB Rogers from a power-I set, and waited for Brate to release from the line of scrimmage into an open spot in the back of the end zone for an easy score. Winston's final touchdown to Evans late in the 4th was reminiscent of Brett Favre's old "gunslinger" mentality. Winston took the snap from the shotgun and immediately had to start backpedaling to avoid pressure. With two defenders bearing down on him, he threw the ball off his back foot as he fell backwards, finding a leaping Evans right over the middle of the end zone. Winston made a bad read on his only interception of the day. WR Humphries was streaking down the left side of the field and had gotten open, but Winston instead threw the ball to Sims in the flats. As Sims was catching the ball, CB Trumaine Johnson laid a vicious hit and jarred the ball loose, and Mark Barron caught it before it hit the ground. Winston fumbled a snap from under center in the 3rd quarter, but fell on it and recovered it himself. Winston had a back-breaking fumble late in the 4th quarter as the Bucs were attempting to retake the lead. Winston and Evans had connected on multiple big plays downfield to put Tampa Bay in the Rams' red zone, but Winston dropped back to pass and had the ball swatted from his hands as he was loading up to throw. Los Angeles recovered the fumble and took it over 80 yards for the touchdown. Winston and the offense had a chance to come back from a 35-32 deficit late in the 4th quarter after a lengthy rain delay, but failed. Winston drove them down into the red zone and attempted several shots into the end zone, but he just couldn't quite connect with his receivers. On the last play of the game from the 10 yard line, Winston rolled out right to avoid pressure, but appeared to step over the line of scrimmage as he pump faked and looked for an open receiver. He was tackled from behind to end the game.
2016 Week 2 vs ARI (27 / 52 / 243 / 1 / 4 pass, 3 / 9 / 0 rush)
Week 2 was a rough outing for Winston and the Tampa Bay offense. Winston faced constant pressure and tipped balls at the line of scrimmage, and his receivers downfield were struggling against fantastic coverage from the Arizona secondary. Jameis completed just over half his passes for the day and scored once. He was intercepted four times and also lost one fumble. The pressure brought by the Arizona front 7 really seemed to throw off Winston's accuracy, as he sailed several passes high over open receivers downfield. On the day, the offense struggled to get any downfield passing going. Most of Winston's completions were quick slants, out routes, and curls. His only touchdown of the day was a beautiful back-shoulder fade to Evans in the end zone in the 3rd quarter- one of the few times that Winston and Evans got the best of Patrick Peterson, who played a great game. Winston's first interception was a phenomenal play by Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson. Mike Evans took off down the right sideline and Winston launched a deep ball his way, but Peterson matched Evans step for step and laid out for the interception as if he was the one running the route. Winston shook it off on the next drive, however, and threw a nice completion to Evans on an out route that broke right in front of Peterson's face and converted 3rd down. Jameis threw another ugly pick in the second quarter, looking for Jackson on a deep out route. The veteran receiver was well covered, and Winston sailed the ball right into the arms of the defender, though Jackson could have certainly made better efforts to knock the ball down. Winston and Jackson really struggled to get on the same page early in the game. Jameis lost a brutal fumble while leading a drive late in the 2nd quarter. As he pulled his arm back to pass, Charles Sims bumped into him while moving to protect the QB, and jarred the ball loose. The fumble was scooped by an Arizona defender. Winston nearly threw another ugly interception during Tampa Bay's first 3rd quarter drive. Mike Evans was open on a slant, but Winston overthrew him and bounced the ball off of Patrick Peterson's chest. Winston's fourth turnover of the day was supposed to be a WR bubble screen to Charles Sims, who had split out wide left of the formation. The pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage and wobbled to Sims, who bobbled it into the arms of Marcus Cooper. The cornerback scooped the ball up and took it to the house for the pick-six. Jameis threw a nice block for Charles Sims in the 4th quarter. After handing the ball off to Sims, who ran right, Winston rolled to the left. Sims reversed field and gave Winston a chance to "clean the plow" of Cooper, who was pursuing the running back in the backfield. It was a gritty, competitive play that you don't see from every QB in the league. Winston was somewhat surprisingly left in the game even after the contest was well out of reach. With under a minute left in the game and Tampa Bay down 40-7, Winston and the offensive starters were called upon to try one more drive. Winston took a big sack on 3rd and long, then attempted an incredibly long Hail Mary on 4th and 18 to Evans. The Cardinals, who had several defenders blanketing Evans, managed to secure one final interception of Winston as time expired and the game ended.
2016 Week 1 vs ATL (23 / 32 / 281 / 4 / 1 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)
Winston struggled a bit with accuracy at the start of the game. He narrowly missed a couple of scoring opportunities on the first drive of the game, as he overthrew Humphries on a deep corner route and then a wide open Evans on the same route the very next play. The crowd noise seemed to get to Winston early on in the contest, in a hostile divisional rivalry. Winston was called for a delay of game on the third drive of the day, after Ali Marpet negated a Charles Sims first down run with a holding penalty. Tampa Bay was then called for a third consecutive penalty, illegal formation, but the penalty was declined as Winston threw an interception to CB Desmand Trufant. Receiver Jackson and Winston seemed to on different pages on the interception. VJax broke his route to the outside as Winston threw the ball to the inside, right into the waiting arms of Trufant. Winston's threw his first touchdown in the 2nd quarter. Adam Humphries set the offense up inside the Atlanta 10 with a bubble screen that was perfectly executed by everyone on the offense. The Bucs brought in a power set, with tight ends lined up inline, and ran a short run play. On the next snap, Winston faked it to Martin again, and rolled out right on a play action bootleg, waiting for inline tight end Myers to release and find the open spot in the end zone, where Jameis found him for the score. Winston's second touchdown pass was all Charles Sims, as Winston hit Sims on a short pass out of the backfield. Sims turned around and made half the Atlanta defense miss, following a couple of nice downfield blocks by Evans and Jackson into the end zone to give Tampa Bay the lead just before halftime. Winston's third touchdown pass was a beautiful effort by Winston and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Winston took the snap from the shotgun with 3 receivers in a bunch formation to his right. His offensive line gave him great protection as ASJ ran a deep post route into the end zone. Jamies put a great touch on the ball, laying it over a pair of defenders just high enough that only a leaping ASJ could make the grab, which he did. His fourth and final touchdown was just as beautiful. Late in the 3rd quarter from the Atlanta 45, Winston lined up in the shotgun in an empty backfield. Tampa Bay split 5 receivers out wide for the 3rd down play, and Mike Evans took off down the numbers from the left slot position at the snap. Jameis stood tall in the pocket, sidestepped a pass rusher, and loaded up a deep ball that only Evans could get to. Evans showed strong hands hauling the ball in as he was thrown to the ground by the pursuing defenders. Winston had a chance to lead Tampa Bay's 2 minute offense at the end of the first half, as Tampa Bay got the ball back after falling behind 17-10 with just under 2 minutes remaining in the 2nd quarter. Winston wasn't shy about locking onto one receiver, as he threw 3 consecutive completions to Cameron Brate, and later in the drive targeted Vincent Jackson on 4 consecutive plays, the first two falling incomplete and the latter two being hauled in by the veteran receiver. Tampa Bay capped the drive off with a beautiful touchdown catch and run by Charles Sims. Winston showed his usual deftness and strength when scrambling to extend plays. His lower body was wrapped up for what looked like a sack in the 2nd quarter, but he found Martin open in the flat and tossed a short pass to him before hitting the turf, resulting in a first down. Winston faked a pitch and attempted to run the ball himself late in the 4th quarter as the Bucs attempted to grind the clock out, but he was tackled a little shy of the 1st down marker on 3rd and 5.
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