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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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 17 vs NO (28 / 51 / 363 / 1 / 3 pass, 5 / 32 / 1 rush)
Winston continues to turn the ball over at an alarming rate with three week 17 interceptions, but he scored twice and led the game-winning drive at the end of the 4tho. Winston threw his first interception in the 1st quarter, looking for Mike Evans across the middle. A deep safety saw the play coming and undercut Evans' route. Winston's second interception was even more cringe-worthy, as he had all day in the pocket and simply underthrew an open Peyton Barber, killing a drive at the end of the 1st half. Winston threw a third interception into triple coverage while looking for Mike Evans in the back corner of the end zone in the 3rd quarter. Winston recorded his longest scramble of the season(17 yards) in the 1st quarter. He scored on a short touchdown run at the end of the first half. Winston led a game winning drive with 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter, finding Mike Evans for three consecutive receptions before hitting Chris Godwin for the game-winner with 9 seconds left in the game. Godwin split out wide right and beat his receiver down the right sideline for the score, with Winston dropping a dime right over his defender.
2017 Week 16 vs CAR (21 / 27 / 367 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Winston, facing relentless pressure from the Carolina front 7, continued to turn the ball over at an alarming rate in week 16. He started his day out with deep completion to Mike Evans on the opening drive, but lost the ball after a defender swatted his arm two plays a later. Tampa Bay drove down into the Carolina red zone early in the 2nd quarter, but Winston fumbled the snap at the 19 yard line and lost the ball again. Winston made a risky decision that paid off late in the 2nd quarter, chunking up a jump ball for short slot receiver Humphries after pulling away from a near-sack. Humphries managed to come down with the ball for a 36 yard completion deep into Carolina's red zone. Winston and the offense were unable to capitalize with a touchdown, with rookie Godwin letting a sure touchdown bounce off his hands in the end zone. Winston took six sacks total, several of them drive-killers-including a 13 yard loss that dropped the Bucs out of the Carolina red zone during a 3rd quarter drive. Winston finally led a touchdown drive in the 3rd quarter, hitting Mike Evans down the left sideline with a jump ball for a big gain, then finding Jesus "Bobo" Wilson in the end zone. Winston scrambled away from pressure and hit Wilson, who had worked himself open with an improvised route. Winston and the offense drove down far enough for Patrick Murray to attempt a 51 yard field goal with 3 minutes left, but the kicker missed wide right. Down 22-19, Tampa Bay had the ball for one final drive with 33 seconds left and a timeout, but Winston was sacked and lost the football on the first play.
2017 Week 15 vs ATL (27 / 35 / 299 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)
Winston played one of his better games of the season, throwing three touchdowns with no turnovers. Winston hooked up with OJ Howard for an early touchdown, capitalizing when a defender fell down while covering Howard on a shallow cross. No one else was close enough to catch Howard once he took off up the left sideline, picking up most of the yards after the catch. Winston lost the ball while taking a sack in the 2nd quarter, but the fumble was recovered by an offensive lineman. Winston hit Evans down the right sideline for a beautiful 55 yard touchdown early in the 3rd quarter, but the receiver was flagged for pushing off on his defender before the catch. The two redeemed themselves shortly after with a 42 yard touchdown connection. Winston lined up under center in a run formation with two fullbacks and a tailback. Evans lined up tight to the formation and took off on a deep post as Winston faked the handoff and launched the ball deep. Evans soared over two defenders, pulling in the touchdown pass as he fell to the earth between them. Winston found Adam Humphries for his third touchdown, capping a long drive that saw multiple completions to Humphries and Evans. On the scoring play, Winston took the snap and rolled out right to avoid pressure. Humphries took off upfield from the right slot, then made a nice adjustment to work himself open in the back of the endzone, where Winston hit him for his first touchdown of the year. Winston and the offense got the ball back down 24-21 with less than a minute in the 4th quarter. Winston drove them down the field with multiple completions to Brate and Humphries, with backup receivers Godwin and Martino chipping in receptions as well. Patrick Murray unfortunately missed his 54 yard field goal attempt to tie the game as the clock expired. Winston had Tampa's longest run of the day, a nifty 13 yard scramble in the 3rd quarter.
2017 Week 14 vs DET (26 / 38 / 285 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Winston was terrible in week 14, answering Detroit's three turnovers with three of his own. His two touchdown passes were both short, play-action passes from goal line formations on the Detroit 2 yard line. Winston made a bad throw on his first interception while rolling right and looking for Desean Jackson on the sideline. Cornerback Darius Slay saw the pass coming and jumped the route. Winston's second interception was another terrible pass that he floated over OJ Howard and into the arms of the deep safety early in the 3rd quarter. Winston was scrambling from pressure late in the 3rd quarter when he lost a fumble. Winston found Howard for his first touchdown of the day early in the 4th quarter. After Peyton Barber carried the ball down to the Detroit 2 yard line, Winston faked a handoff to Barber from a goal line formation and hit Howard on an out route for the score. Winston targeted Evans on a deep ball later in the 4th that drew a defensive pass interference and set the Bucs up deep in Lions territory. Winston hit backup offensive lineman Leonard Wester on a play-action pass from a goal line set a couple of plays later. Wester checked in as an extra blocker and was left wide open after Winston faked the handoff from the 2. The score tied the game at 20-20, but the Bucs watched helplessly as Matthew Stafford led a game winning drive at the end of the 4th quarter.
2017 Week 13 vs GB (21 / 32 / 270 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 18 / 0 rush)
Winston had a rough outing in his return from a shoulder injury. He was unable to push the ball downfield to his two top receivers Evans and Jackson, who caught a combined four passes. Most of the yardage that Winston accumulated was of the "catch-and-run" variety, with Barber and Sims both picking up big gains on halfback screens and swing routes. One bright spot in Winston's return was his connection with Cameron Brate, who had been suffering a long drought in Winston's absence. The two hooked up for two touchdowns. The first was probably Winston's prettiest pass of the day, a seam route over the head of Brate and his defender that Brate secured with one hand for a 28 yard touchdown in the 1st quarter. Winston found Brate again late in the 4th quarter, scrambling around to buy time and firing a laser to Brate in between three defenders. Winston high-stepped his way out of a couple of ankle tackles on a beautiful 4th quarter scramble that picked up 15 yards. Winston attempted to throw the ball away while taking a sack in the 2nd quarter, but the ball spun backwards out of his hand, right into the arms of defensive lineman Dean Lowery, who took the ball over 60 yards for a touchdown return. Winston fumbled a handoff attempt to Peyton Barber from the 3 yard line late in the 4th quarter, but managed to recover it after losing a few yards. Winston found Jackson in the back of the end zone late in the 4th quarter, but stepped over the line of scrimmage before throwing the ball.
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 NewsBuccaneers | Jameis Winston uninjured in car accident (Fri Feb 23, 08:31 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston was not injured in a car accident last week in which his truck rear-ended another vehicle outside of Tampa. link to story Buccaneers | DeSean Jackson wants chemistry with QB (Sun Feb 11, 09:51 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson said he and QB Jameis Winston need to 'merge' this offseason. Our View: Jackson's first year with the Buccaneers didn't go as planned. Instead of being a downfield, big-play target, Jackson caught only 50 passes, three touchdowns and averaged only 13.4 yards per catch (his career average is 17.3 yards). Winston was banged up last year with a shoulder problem that negatively impacted his play. If healthy, we could see Jackson and Winston connect in a big way like most expected them to.
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