QB Jameis Winston - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-4, 231Born: 1-6-1994College: Florida StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 2015

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 14): Winston is putting up numbers in the effort to get out of the holes he and the Bucs defense create. He posted a career high in interceptions in Week 6 and one wonders how long Bruce Arians will let this go on if the team falls out of playoff contention. For now, Winston is worth holding through the bye if you are streaming quarterbacks.

General News (Sat Oct 19): is unlikely to return to the team in 2020 with the Buccaneers expected to "reset their sights" at quarterback via trade or the draft, according to front-office sources of NFL insider Mike Freeman.

General News (Mon Oct 14): is in no danger of losing his starting job at this point, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

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Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs NYG 77 23 37 380 3 1 4 3 0 0 30.3
4 at LAR 74 28 41 385 4 1 1 -1 0 0 34.15
5 at NO 59 15 27 204 2 0 3 13 0 0 18.5
6 vs CAR 80 30 54 400 1 5 1 1 0 1 17.1

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Jameis Winston's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

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 News

Buccaneers | Jameis Winston likely out in offseason (Sat Oct 19, 12:39 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is unlikely to return to the team in 2020 with the Buccaneers expected to 'reset their sights' at quarterback via a trade or the draft, according to front-office sources.

Our View: No surprise here. It was a make-or-break season for Winston and if he can't mesh and produce under Bruce Arians then the team will move on. We wouldn't be surprised if they added a quarterback via trade then drafted one in 2020 to groom as a future starter.
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Buccaneers | Jameis Winston safe for now (Mon Oct 14, 06:06 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is in no danger of losing his starting job at this point, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Our View: Winston throws interceptions like he's handing out Halloween candy. He's got 10 interceptions so far this season and threw half of them against the Panthers in Week 6.
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Buccaneers | Six turnovers for Jameis Winston (Sun Oct 13, 01:35 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston went 30-for-54 for 400 yards, one touchdown and five interceptions against the Carolina Panthers in Week 6. He also lost a fumble during the game.

Our View: Winston had numerous unforgivable errors in one of his worst games a pro - setting a career high in interceptions. He'll almost surely still be the starter in Week 8 after the bye, but we could see Ryan Griffin at some point this year as the Bucs have to be very hesitant to retain Winston after this season.
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Buccaneers | Jameis Winston tosses two more TDs (Sun Oct 6, 07:15 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston completed 15-of-27 passes for 204 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 5 against the New Orleans Saints and he rushed for 13 yards.

Our View: Winston didn't complete a pass to Mike Evans and only salvaged an acceptable result with a garbage time touchdown to Chris Godwin. He has cooled off and is a boom/bust option in London against Carolina next week.
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