QB Jameis Winston - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|6-4, 231||Born: 1-6-1994||College: Florida State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 9): Winston had an outstanding game after the poor early start, but he also suffered a fracture in his thumb. He's uncertain for Week 15 against Detroit, but the team is optimistic that he will continue to play
General News (Thu Dec 12): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Dec 11): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
General News (Tue Dec 10): is expected to continue playing despite suffering a broken thumb during the team's Week 14. He may be limited during practice this week.
General News (Mon Dec 9): has a small fracture in his wrist but was able to return to the Week 14 game, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Week 15: at Detroit Lions
FBG says: Good matchup. Tampa Bay's high-volume passing attack, which has posted near league-leading totals across the board, suffered at least one major loss last weekend when Mike Evans was lost for the remainder of the season to a hamstring injury. Quarterback Jameis Winston's status this weekend is also in doubt after he suffered a hand injury, opening the door for a potential Ryan Griffin start. Regardless of who starts under center for the Buccaneers, the passing attack will almost certainly run through Chris Godwin, who ranks amongst the league leaders in almost every receiving stat this season. Without Evans in the fold, Godwin's role in the offense has room to grow, while players like Justin Watson and Breshad Perriman may step up as well. Last weekend, with Evans only playing 23-percent of the team's offensive snaps, Justin Watson tallied 8 targets, and Breshad Perriman registered 5 of his own. Tight end O.J. Howard's second NFL season has been disappointing, but he posted a season-high in receiving yardage last weekend without Evans in the fold. In total, Tampa Bay's passing attack will likely suffer without Mike Evans available, and especially if Jameis Winston is inactive. Expect Chris Godwin, Justin Watson, Breshad Perriman, and O.J. Howard to step up without Mike Evans in Week 15 against the Detroit Lions' horrific pass defense. The Detroit Lions have defended one of the highest volumes of pass attempts of any team in the league this season, and their efficiency numbers against the pass have been horrendous. The Lions have allowed the third-most passing yardage in the NFL while allowing a 26-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio through their first 13 games, one of the worst marks in the NFL. On the whole, Detroit's defense lacks pass defending talent aside from Trey Flowers, an impressive edge rusher with six sacks in his last five games. Detroit's linebackers are especially weak in coverage, with Jarrad Davis and Jahlani Tavai grading as two of the weakest pass defenders in the league at the position. Lastly, in the secondary, injuries, trades, and regression have decimated the team's defensive backfield. First, Tracy Walker is the team's number-one pass defending safety has missed time this season, and although he has recently returned to action, he has yet to return to his strong form of earlier this season. Next, the Lions traded away Quandre Diggs in a puzzling midseason transaction with the Seattle Seahawks. Since he was traded away, Diggs has registered three interceptions for his new team while the Lions have allowed multiple three-touchdown passing performances. Lastly, Darius Slay has regressed as a cover corner. His reputation far exceeds his on-field performance this season, and he has been exploited on numerous occasions. Overall, if Jameis Winston is unable to play for Tampa Bay, the soft matchup may not impact very much. However, if he is able to play, expect him to throw the ball early, often, and well against Detroit's porous secondary.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Jameis Winston's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 14 vs IND (33 / 45 / 456 / 4 / 3 pass, 6 / 5 / 1 rush)
Winston passed for a career high 456 yards despite exiting briefly in the 2nd half with what wound up being a hairline fracture in the thumb of his throwing hand. Wintson squared up and found Colts linebacker Darius Leonard with his first pass attempt of the game while looking in the general direction of a couple of receivers crossing deep. He punched in a short QB sneak from inside the 1 yard line at the end of the 1st quarter. Winston found Leonard once again right in the middle of the field at the end of the 1st half for a pick six. Winston and the offense drove down again after the pick six and Winston found Cameron Brate for a short touchdown to close out the first half of play. Winston hit OJ Howard up the seam for a 33 yard gain in the 3rd quarter to set up a touchdown pass to Justin Watson on a skinny post. He led another touchdown drive at the end of the 4th quarter, completing a deep ball to Perriman and then sealing the drive with a touchdown on a deep out route to Perriman. Ryan Griffen briefly relieved Winston, who returned to play through his thumb injury and throw another late touchdown. It appears that Winston will start against the Lions in week 15.
2019 Week 13 vs JAX (21 / 33 / 268 / 0 / 0 pass, 6 / 20 / 0 rush)
Winston posted his first scoreless game of 2019 as Peyton Barber scored a couple of rushing touchdowns early and the defense added a touchdown. The Bucs played conservative ball in the second half with a 25 point lead. Winston couldn't get on the same page with Evans or Godwin, and Breshad Perriman led the team in receiving for the first time. Evans nearly broke a deep post route off for a touchdown in the 3rd, but he got tripped up by the last possible defender. Winston took several deep shots for Evans at the end of the 1st half, but couldn't connect . The Jacksonville defense brought the heat this week, and Winston was sacked four times, with 6 scrambles and several more QB hits. Winston lost a fumble after taking a hard hit from behind in the 3rd quarter, but the Bucs held Jacksonville off for the win.
2019 Week 12 vs ATL (18 / 28 / 313 / 3 / 2 pass, 8 / 38 / 0 rush)
Winston had a truly bipolar performance in the first half as he switched between brilliant and boneheaded from drive to drive. He posted great fantasy numbers despite an up and down performance on the field. He wasted no time in this one, finding an Atlanta defender with his first pass attempt of the game. Mike Evans had a defender stuck on him like glue, but Winston tried to force the ball in on a skinny post route, resulting in the turnover. Winston redeemed himself on the next drive with a laser pass to Chris Godwin on a deep seam route. Godwin snagged the ball between two defenders and took off for a 71 yard touchdown. Bad Jameis tagged in for the next drive, as Winston attempted a "jump pass" similar to Tim Tebow, but unfortunately missed target Ogunbowale badly, resulting in another interception. Good Jameis tagged back in for the next drive, hitting Godwin for gains of 22 and 30 yards before sealing the drive with a short touchdown pass to, once again, Godwin. Winston's second touchdown was truly a hospital ball though, as he threw behind Godwin, who was forced to make a one-handed circus catch while being flattened by a defender. Winston set up his third touchdown with a deep post to Godwin that made it to the 3 yard line late in the 1st half. Two plays later, Winston hit 350 pound DT Vita Vae on an easy play action pass after the big guy checked in as a lead blocker in the goal line formation. Winston and the offense led another touchdown drive to start the 3rd quarter, capping it with a short touchdown run by Ronald Jones. They scored one more field goal before a late Tampa Bay defensive touchdown really put the icing on the cake. Winston racked up 38 yards on several lengthy scrambles, including a magnificent 24 yard gallup in the 3rd quarter.
2019 Week 11 vs NO (30 / 51 / 313 / 2 / 4 pass, 2 / 23 / 0 rush)
Winston's first interception was not his fault as tight end Howard bobbled an easy, short crossing route and attempted to secure it behind his back, giving a defender time to creep up and intercept the ball. The coaching staff appeared to take offense to Howard's effort, as he was benched for the rest of the game and Cameron Brate was peppered with 14 targets. Winston set the Bucs first touchdown up with a deep ball to Scotty Miller in the 2nd quarter that went all the way to the Saints 1 yard line. Winston bobbled a snap and lost 5 yards, putting the Bucs in 3rd and goal from the 7 instead of 2nd and goal from the 2, but fortunately he found Barber for a touchdown pass on a stick route the next play. Winston was looking for Godwin deep on his second interception, but underthrew the pass where it was tipped from one defender to another. Already down 27-17, Winston tossed a pick-six to Marcus Williams late in the 4th quarter to make it 34-17 while looking for Evans, then finished the game out with another interception in the end zone on the next drive. Winston was looking for Evans on a jump ball that was brought down instead by a defender. Winston sadly led the team with 23 yards rushing, all of it coming on a 4th quarter scramble.
2019 Week 10 vs ARI (30 / 48 / 358 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / 40 / 0 rush)
Winston had an up and down day as he finished with 358 yards and one touchdown, along with two interceptions. He looked rough on the opening drive, taking a sack before throwing an interception while trying to force the ball to a tightly covered Chris Godwin. Winston and the offense found the end zone on the next drive, with Winston completing two big passes to Ronald Jones as well as a deep ball to Evans. Jones capped the drive with a touchdown run. Winston and the offense got a chance to run the hurry up offense when they got the ball back with a a minute left in the half. Winston overthrew Breshad Perriman, who had his defender beat on a deep ball, but then found OJ Howard with a risky throw up the seam into double coverage, setting the Bucs up in the red zone. Winston capped the drive with a touchdown pass to Howard on the next play, as Arizona's secondary seemed to botch their coverage, leaving Howard wide open. Winston threw a terrible INT while trying to force the ball to Godwin on a curl route in the 3rd. A defender tipped the pass up where it was picked off. Winston got bailed out on this one, as Tampa Bay's defense forced a fumble on Arizona's ensuing drive. Winston and the offense led a game-winning drive with less than a minute, picking up significant yardage with two pass interference penalties that Mike Evans drew. The second flag was thrown in the end zone, setting the Bucs up for a 1 yard touchdown run by Peyton Barber. Winston nearly led the team in rushing as he picked up 40 yards rushing on the day, with a magnificent 26 yard gallup that converted 3rd and long in the 3rd quarter.
2019 Week 9 vs SEA (29 / 44 / 335 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Winston had a good day on the stat sheet as he attempted a whopping 44 passes, good for two touchdowns with no interceptions. He was locked in on Mike Evans again this week, peppering the big receiver with 16 targets to the tune of 180 yards and a score. Winston got a lucky break on his first touchdown pass, as it probably should have been intercepted in the end zone. Winston tried to force the ball in to Mike Evans, but a defender deflected it up instead of catching it before Breshad Perriman snagged it for the touchdown. Winston's scrambled away from pressure and bought time while Mike Evans worked his way open in the back of the end zone in the 2nd quarter for a 6 yard touchdown. Winston scored again on a magnificent 20 yard scramble in the 3rd quarter that was unfortunately called back for a holding penalty. Winston lost a costly fumble on a sack in the 4th quarter, setting Seattle up in the Tampa Bay red zone for an easy score that put the Bucs in the hole late. Winston led the offense on a game-tying drive at the end of the 4th, hitting Jones and Evans for nice gains and converting 4th and 5 with a scramble. He nearly capped the drive with a touchdown to Evans, who was dragged down inches short after catching a slant route. Dare Ogunbowale took the ball in from the one yard line to tie the game on the next snap. The Bucs offense didn't get a chance in overtime as Seattle put together a lengthy scoring drive on their first possession.
2019 Week 8 vs TEN (21 / 43 / 301 / 2 / 2 pass, 8 / 53 / 0 rush)
Winston had another mistake-filled performance as he threw two touchdowns, two interceptions, and lost two fumbles. The first turnover shouldn't be held against him as he lost a fumble in the 1st quarter when his center snapped the ball too early. His first interception was a bad throw that sailed over Chris Godwin's head and into the arms of a cornerback sitting in a deep zone. He nearly threw another pick at the start of the next drive, as his pass was batted at the line of scrimmage and was tipped around by no fewer than four defenders before it hit the ground. Winston appeared to throw another interception midway through the second quarter, but an official review determined that the ball hit the ground as the defender was securing the catch. Winston finally led the offense to a touchdown at the end of the 1st half after settling for 3 field goals. He set the score up with a magnificent 46 yard bomb to Mike Evans down the right sideline, then capped the drive with a touchdown pass to Evans on a slant route in the end zone. The pair hooked up for a big gain again on the Bucs' first drive of the 3rd quarter as Winston hit Evans on a deep corner route for a 43 yard gain. Winston capped the drive with a touchdown to Evans a few plays later, tossing the ball over the head of a helpless defender on a back corner fade. Winston was able to connect with Evans for a total of 198 yards and both scores as the Titans attempted to cover Evans without their starting corner Jackson. Winston led the team in rushing yardage as he peeled off several impressive scrambles. He converted two first downs in a row with long runs during a 2nd quarter drive that unfortunately ended in an interception. His longest run of the day was a 20 yard scamper down the left sideline late in the 4th quarter.
2019 Week 6 vs CAR (30 / 54 / 400 / 1 / 5 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Winston piled up yards this week, but was criticized by his coaches for "trying to be Superman" this week, as he consistently tried to force the ball into tight coverage, resulting in five interceptions as well as a lost fumble. Winston wasted no time in this one, dropping back on the first offensive play of the game and throwing an interception while looking for Mike Evans on a quick curl route. Winston telegraphed the pass and a defender jumped the route. Winston's second pick was tipped to a defender by a pass rusher who nearly caught Winston from behind as he got the pass off. Winston lost a fumble on a sack at the end of the first half, only to have the call overturned by an official review, only to lose a fumble on a sack on the very next play. Winston threw an absolute dime to Mike Evans, who had several steps on his defender on a deep ball in the 2nd quarter that would have picked up fifty yards and maybe a touchdown, but the receiver bobbled the pass and fell to the turf trying to secure the ball. Winston managed to find Cameron Brate for a touchdown in the 4th quarter on one of the post routes that they have had so much success with. He followed it up with a two point conversion that took a lucky deflection into the hands of Mike Evans, who made a heads-up play. Winston rolled out right and converted another two points later in the 4th quarter after Dare Ogunbowale scored a short rushing touchdown. Winston was intercepted again late in the 4th quarter while trying to force the ball in to a double covered Chris Godwin. He capped his day with one final interception in the end zone while looking for Mike Evans in the waning seconds of the 4th quarter.
2019 Week 5 vs NO (15 / 27 / 204 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 13 / 0 rush)
Winston looked rough from the start, underthrowing OJ Howard on a deep corner route for what was nearly an interception on the first drive. On the next snap he followed up with an actual interception on what looked to be a route miscommunication with newly promoted receiver Scotty Miller. The Bucs were bailed out by a flag that turned out to be a delay of game penalty, negating the interception. Winston threw another pick while looking for Miller deep in the 3rd quarter, but got bailed out by a holding penalty. He tossed another short pass right into the arms of a Saints defender(who dropped it) in the 3rd quarter while attempting to score from the 2 yard line. Tampa Bay's offensive line struggled to protect Winston, who took a whopping six sacks and several more hits. The Saints were able to take Evans out of the offense game plan, but Winston was able to get a good connection going with Godwin for seven receptions and two touchdowns. The two hooked up on a crossing route from the Saints' 15 yard line at the end of the first quarter, with Godwin crossing behind the linebackers in coverage from the right slot. Winston found him again at the end of the game, with the Bucs trailing by two touchdowns and less than 30 seconds left in the game. Godwin caught a skinny post and broke a couple of tackles on his way to the end zone, but the Bucs couldn't recover the ensuing onside kick attempt.
2019 Week 4 vs LAR (28 / 41 / 385 / 4 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Winston had his best game of the year in a tough matchup with the Rams. He and Godwin were particularly hot this week, hooking up on 12 of 14 targets for two touchdowns. Winston set the Bucs' first touchdown up with a deep post route to Godwin that the receiver took down to the four yard line, two plays before Peyton Barber punched it in with a short run. Winston and Godwin hooked up again in the second quarter on a post route that Godwin took to the 3 yard line. Winston narrowly missed Evans on a corner route before hitting Godwin on an out route for Winston's first touchdown of the day. Winston and Godwin connected for a score again on the next drive, capitalizing on great field position after Lavonte David returned an interception to the Rams' 9 yard line. Winston hit Godwin on a bubble screen behind the line of scrimmage, and the receiver did all the work from there, darting up the sideline and blasting a tackler on his way past the front pylon. Winston found Cameron Brate at the end of the 3rd quarter on one of the seam routes that the two of them have had so much success connecting on. Winston saved his biggest play of the day for the 4th quarter, hitting a wide open Mike Evans with a beautiful deep ball for a 67 yard score. Winston threw an ugly pick six late in the 4th quarter, looking for Bobo Wilson on a deep comeback down the left sideline that could have been a miscommunication with the young receiver. A defender saw the pass coming and jumped the route, returning it 32 yards for a score.
2019 Week 3 vs NYG (23 / 37 / 380 / 3 / 1 pass, 4 / 3 / 0 rush)
Winston and Mike Evans took advantage of a mismatch and abused corner Janoris Jenkins all day, racking up three touchdowns in the first quarter. It was also encouraging to see Winston taking some deep shots to OJ Howard, who narrowly missed a couple of passes that would have really bolstered his day. Winston threw a beautiful corner route to Evans, who burned Janoris Jenkins for the first touchdown of the day on the opening drive. The two scored again before the end of the quarter when Winston hit Evans with a nifty bubble screen from New York's three yard line. The two picked right back up on the next drive when Winston dropped a 55 yard bomb to Evans on a deep ball right down the middle of the field. Winston capped the first half off with a beautiful execution of the two minute offense, finding Mike Evans on a deep post route for their third touchdown connection of the day. Winston and Evans hooked up one more time for a 44 yard bomb that set the Bucs up for a game-winning field goal attempt at the end of the 4th. Winston was intercepted once in the fourth quarter on a typical goofball pass that we've seen from him before.
2019 Week 2 vs CAR (16 / 25 / 208 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)
Winston improved vastly over his week 1 performance, as the offensive line did a much better job in pass protection and the run game. Winston and Evans nearly hooked up on an over-the-shoulder fade in the end zone in the 1st quarter, but Evans couldn't quite reel it in against tight coverage. The two did connect on a 41 yard deep ball down the left sideline later in the 2nd quarter, with Winston capping the drive with a wide-open post route to Godwin for a touchdown. Winston should have been intercepted on an underthrown crossing route to Perriman in the 3rd quarter, but LB Kuechly let the ball fall to the turf after hitting him squarely in the hands. Winston missed two scores late in the third as Mike Evans stumbled on a well thrown corner route, and Perriman couldn't quite get under a post route that Winston had chucked into the end zone.
2019 Week 1 vs SF (20 / 36 / 194 / 1 / 3 pass, 5 / 13 / 0 rush)
Winston made a plethora of bad decisions with the football as San Francisco whipped Tampa Bay's offensive line. Winston should have been intercepted midway through the first quarter as he lobbed a weak pass right into the arms of a linebacker who just refused to catch the ball. He got careless and had the ball slapped out of his hand as he was preparing to pass in the 1st, but a Tampa Bay lineman recovered in the Bucs' backfield. Winston did extend some plays with his feet, including a nice completion to Mike Evans in the 1st quarter that turned a would-be sack into a third down conversion. Winston connected with Cameron Brate for an 18 yard touchdown on a well-executed tight end screen in the 1st, but the play was called back for a holding penalty on the offensive line. Winston found Brate again later in the back of the end zone, but once again the play was nullified by a holding penalty on Demar Dotson. Winston finally officially found the end zone in the third quarter, faking a play action and rolling right to extend the play, where he eventually found Chris Godwin working his way open in the end zone. Winston led the Bucs into San Francisco's red zone in the second quarter, but OJ Howard killed the drive by losing a fumble inside the red zone. Howard also missed another pass before halftime that he deflected up into the air and the waiting arms of a San Fran defender. Winston opened the second half up by fumbling a snap and taking a sack as he fell on the ball in the third quarter. Winston made a dreadful throw in the next play, overthrowing RB Peyton Barber, who had split out wide right for a short slant route. The ball sailed to corner Richard Sherman, who returned the pass for a touchdown. Coach Bruce Arians later blamed the play on Barber's route running, but it was a really bad look from Winston. Winston and the offense got the ball back with a 6 point deficit and just over two minutes left in the 4th quarter, but Winston threw a careless interception in the face of heavy pressure on the first play of the drive, sealing the ballgame in San Francisco's favor.
Latest NewsBuccaneers | Jameis Winston limited again (Thu Dec 12, 04:45 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (thumb, knee) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 12. Our View: Winston was seen holding a tennis ball in this practice but still appears to not be ready to hold a football which makes playing on Sunday seem unlikely, but he can't be ruled out. Ryan Griffin would start if Winston can't go.
link to story Buccaneers | Thursday's practice report for Tampa Bay (Thu Dec 12, 04:35 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) and OT Donovan Smith (ankle, knee) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 12. LB Anthony Nelson (hamstring), LB Jason Pierre-Paul (knee) and QB Jameis Winston (thumb, knee) were limited. OG Alex Cappa (elbow), OT Demar Dotson (non-injury), WR Scott Miller (hamstring) and DL Beau Allen (ankle) practiced in full. link to story Buccaneers | Jameis Winston sort of throwing (Thu Dec 12, 03:03 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (thumb) was throwing a tennis ball during the portion of practice open to the media Thursday, Dec. 12. Our View: Well, that's something anyway. Winston is having trouble gripping a football but he insists that he will play. Backup Ryan Griffin would get the start if Winston can't play. Obviously, this is a shaky situation and one Fantasy GMs need to watch -- especially if you're counting on someone like WR Chris Godwin this week.
link to story Buccaneers | Jameis Winston sort of throwing (Thu Dec 12, 11:39 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (thumb) was throwing a tennis ball during the portion of practice open to the media Thursday, Dec. 12. Our View: Well, that's something anyway. Winston is having trouble gripping a football but he insists that he will play. Backup Ryan Griffin would get the start if Winston can't play. Obviously, this is a shaky situation and one Fantasy GMs need to watch -- especially if you're counting on someone like WR Chris Godwin this week.
link to story Buccaneers | Limited practice for Jameis Winston (Wed Dec 11, 05:41 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston (knee, thumb) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 11. Our View: Winston may not be available for Week 15. We'll see which way he's trending in Friday's practice. Stay tuned.
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