QB Jameis Winston - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|6-4, 231||Born: 1-6-1994||College: Florida State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
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General News (Fri Jan 18): will benefit from having Bruce Arians as his head coach, according to retired quarterback Carson Palmer. "It's probably the best thing that could've happened to Jameis at this point in his career," Palmer said. "Getting a guy like B.A. to come in and clean up some things technically. And really installing what he does best and that's push the ball down the field."
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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
2018 Week 17 vs ATL (22 / 35 / 345 / 4 / 1 pass, 2 / 23 / 0 rush)
Winston closed the season out with a solid performance in a meaningless game against a terrible Atlanta secondary. He had a nice touch on his deep throws as he picked up big chunks of yardage with Evans and Godwin. He found Evans with a deep ball down the right sideline for the first touchdown of the day in the 1st quarter. The offense stalled out a bit for the rest of the 1st half, but Winston found Godwin for a 25 yard catch and then a 30 yard touchdown on consecutive plays at the end of the 2nd quarter. Winston hit Godwin with a deep ball down the right sideline for the score. Winston hooked up with Evans again for a 4th quarter score, faking a play action handoff before rolling right and delivering a strike to Evans on a crossing route in the end zone. Winston found Godwin for another touchdown later in the 4th. The receiver made a nice break on a post route then dragged a defender into the end zone with him after the catch. Winston was intercepted in the 3rd quarter, but only because Mike Evans let a good pass deflect off of his hands and right to a defender. Winston picked up 15 yards and a 3rd down conversion with a 1st quarter scramble, finishing the day with 23 yards rushing.
2018 Week 16 vs DAL (34 / 48 / 336 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 14 / 0 rush)
Winston was backed up for the first time by Ryan Griffin, with Ryan Fitzpatrick a curious healthy scratch for week 16. Winston threw one touchdown whilst he committed a couple of back-breaking turnovers as well as contributing to a pile of offensive penalties. He looked sharp on the opening drive, hitting Humphries on two consecutive passes for a first down and then finding Evans down the left sideline with a beautiful over the shoulder throw that picked up 38 yards and set the Bucs up inside the Dallas red zone. The offense eventually settled for a field goal. Winston lost a fumble that was returned 69 yards for a touchdown at the end of the 1st quarter. He initially did a great job of avoiding pressure on the play by stepping up in the pocket, but as he rolled out to the right a defender punched the ball out from behind. Despite being knocked down on the play, Winston got up and nearly ran Jaylon Smith down on the fumble return touchdown. Winston led a scoring drive at the end of the 1st half, connecting with Humphries multiple times and nearly finding Evans in the back of the end zone. Winston scrambled down to the 2 yard line with less than a minute in the half and handed the ball off to Rodgers for a short touchdown on the next play. Winston fumbled again while attempting to hand the ball off to Bobo Wilson on a WR speed sweep in the 3rd quarter. Winston again showed good effort making the tackle, but Dallas recovered the ball inside Tampa Bay's 10 yard line. Winston's only touchdown was a late connection with Mike Evans. Winston scrambled right to extend the play while Evans worked his way open in the back of the end zone for a 7 yard touchdown, making it a one score game with just over two minutes left. Unfortunately, Dallas was able to recover the ensuing onside kick attempt. Winston drew his fair share of penalties in week 16, including a blocking in the back penalty in the 2nd quarter and several delay of game penalties at the end of the 1st and 2nd half. Winston and the offense were called for delay of game TWICE on 4th and 1 in the 4th quarter. After being called for delay game on 4th and 1 from the Dallas 2, Winston made a heroic effort to scramble for the score on 4th and 6. Unfortunately, he was tackled about a foot short of the line of scrimmage, giving Dallas the ball back inside their own 5 yard line. Winston should have been intercepted on the next drive as he loaded up an underthrown deep ball for Jackson that bounced right off a receiver's hands.
2018 Week 15 vs BAL (13 / 25 / 157 / 0 / 1 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Winston had one of the worst showings of his career as he faced Baltimore's talented defense in soggy weather conditions. Winston struggled with accurate passes and his receivers had a few bad drops, while Baltimore limited Tampa Bay's time of possession. Winston scrambled for what seemed like an eternity in the 2nd quarter before launching a 65 yard deep ball(Tampa Bay's longest play of the day) to Mike Evans, who hauled it in and tacked on another 15 yards for a facemask penalty on the play. Winston and Evans connected for 121 of Tampa Bay's 157 passing yards on the day with big connections in the 3rd and 4th quarter as well. Winston was intercepted on a terribly underthrown ball to Evans, who was running up the right sideline in the 3rd quarter. In Winston's defense, it was raining hard, but the pass was terrible. Winston was only sacked once for a loss of a yard.
2018 Week 14 vs NO (18 / 38 / 213 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 47 / 0 rush)
Winston led the Bucs to a score on their first offensive drive, hitting Mike Evans for a 36 yard gain down the right sideline and capping the drive with a precision pass to Cameron Brate between two defenders. Winston led another scoring drive with the two minute offense at the end of the 2nd quarter. Winston finished the drive with a short, play action pass to Cameron Brate after Adam Humphries was tackled inside the 1 yard line on the previous play. Winston struggled to push the ball downfield after the early hookup with Evans. Winston and Godwin were particularly out of sync as they only connected on 1 of 10 targets, including several deep balls. Winston didn't do much in the second half and was intercepted on the last play of the game as he he heaved a desperate long ball into the end zone. The Bucs were down by two touchdowns and time was expiring, so we won't hold that one against him. Winston led the Bucs in rushing for the 2nd week in a row. He converted 3rd and 9 with a 17 yard scramble in the 2nd quarter. He picked up another first down on 3rd and 4 in the 3rd quarter.
2018 Week 13 vs CAR (20 / 30 / 249 / 2 / 0 pass, 5 / 48 / 0 rush)
Winston did not turn the ball over for the second week in a row while finding the end zone twice. He led the offense to the end zone on the opening drive, completing several passes to Adam Humphries, including a short touchdown pass to cap the drive. Winston scrambled to the left while Humphries ran a shallow crossing route from the other side of the formation on the score. Winston found Chris Godwin for his second touchdown at the end of the 1st half. Winston once again scrambled out of the pocket in the face of pressure and found Godwin with a jump ball in the back right corner of the end zone. Winston's longest play of the day was a 48 yard connection to Godwin on a deep post route. Winston spread the ball around with 9 targets to Humphries and 6 each to Evans, Godwin, and Brate. Winston also led the team in rushing with 48 yards. He pulled the ball down and ran for 18 yards in the 1st quarter, taking it down to the Carolina 6 yard line. Winston had a 17 yard scramble early in the 4th quarter. He was sacked four times, including two big sacks on consecutive plays late in the 2nd quarter.
2018 Week 12 vs SF (29 / 38 / 312 / 2 / 0 pass, 7 / 24 / 0 rush)
Winston turned in one of his most solid performances of the year. Though he wasn't always spectacular, Winston was careful with the football, taking what the defense gave him and not trying to do too much every play. He did not commit any turnovers and only took one sack for an 8 yard loss. Winston's biggest play of the day was an early 1st quarter bomb to Mike Evans down the right sideline that picked up 42 yards. Later in the first, Winston scrambled right on his first touchdown pass to buy time for Cameron Brate, who worked his way open in the back of the end zone. Winston found Adam Humphries for his second touchdown in the 4th quarter. Humphries lined up in the right slot and worked his way open in the middle of the field. Winston scrambled right to buy time and did a great job finding the open Humphries, who had room to run between defenders for a 28 yard touchdown. Winston picked up a 1st down with a 15 yard scramble in the 2nd quarter. He totaled 24 yards rushing on the day.
2018 Week 11 vs NYG (12 / 16 / 199 / 2 / 1 pass, 5 / 16 / 0 rush)
Winston entered the game in the 3rd quarter after Ryan Fitzpatrick's third interception and really did his best to get in on the turnover party. He led the offense into the New York red zone and attempted to run around left end, but showed awful ball security while fumbling into the end zone, where Mike Evans fortunately recovered for a touchdown. Winston made an ill advised throw into traffic halfway through the 4th, but was lucky to see it hit the ground after bouncing off the hands of no less than 4 defenders. He was again fortunate to see a poorly thrown pass to Adam Humphries bounce off two different defender's hands later in the same drive. Winston's best play of the day was a glorious 41 yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans with just over 2 minutes left in the game. Winston took a shotgun snap and Evans, alone on the left side of the formation, burned his cornerback and made a nice over the shoulder catch on the score. Winston also found Adam Humphries for an 8 yard touchdown on a slant late in the 4th quarter, threading the needle between 2 defenders. Winston aired out an early Hail Mary for Desean Jackson with 15 seconds left, and was intercepted to seal the game.
2018 Week 8 vs CIN (18 / 35 / 276 / 1 / 4 pass, 3 / 18 / 0 rush)
Winston was horrible with his accuracy and decision-making in the face of pressure. His offensive line wasn't helping him much as he was constantly scrambling, but Winston insisted on forcing plays and making questionable decisions instead of just taking the loss on some plays. Make no mistake, he was lucky to get away with just 4 interceptions. He threw at least 3 more passes that bounced off defender's hands in just over 2 quarters of play. Winston's first interception killed the Bucs' opening offensive drive of the game. He was looking for Evans on a skinny post near the end zone, but sailed the ball much to high and into the arms of the deep safety. It wasn't his first bad pass of the game, as earlier in the drive Winston had bounced a pass off a defender's chest while looking for Humphries. Winston, retreating under pressure, made a terrible decision to load up another INT for the Bengals later in the quarter, throwing it right to a linebacker in coverage. Winston's 3rd interception was a horrible throw over the head of a wide-open Cameron Brate that sailed into the arms of the deep safety. The final straw was a pick-six on the next drive, where Winston was looking for Humphries but completely missed a DB in coverage who easily undercut the route and returned the ball 20 yards for a touchdown. Fitzpatrick was called in with a couple of minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter. Winston spent the day on the move, recording 3 official scrambles for 18 yards. The highlight of Winston's passing day was a 60 yard bomb to Desean Jackson right down the middle of the field for a 2nd quarter touchdown with just a few minutes left in the first half.
2018 Week 7 vs CLE (32 / 52 / 365 / 0 / 2 pass, 10 / 55 / 1 rush)
Winston had a wild performance in week 7, turning the ball over twice with interceptions and once with a fumble while attempting 52 pass attempts for 365 with no touchdowns(he did score on a rush). He made plenty of special plays, especially with his feet as he led the anemic Tampa Bay rushing attack with 55 yards on the ground. He pulled the ball down and took off on a 14 yard scramble in the 2nd quarter, his longest run of the day. Winston scored on a 13 yard scramble later in the 2nd quarter, diving deftly between three defenders to cross the goal line. Winston's first interception was a great play by the defender, who stretched out to snag the pass as Winston was looking for Godwin on a skinny post route. He lost the ball at the beginning of the 3rd quarter when DE Myles Garrett hit him as he was loading up a pass. Winston threw another pick well into overtime while looking for Godwin in traffic. Winston frustratingly stared down his receivers on both interceptions. In the end, the Bucs and Browns went back and forth several times in overtime with neither team seeming to want a win. Both teams turned it over before Winston finally hit Godwin for a nice gain and then Desean Jackson on the sideline during the final overtime drive that ended in a game-winning field goal.
2018 Week 6 vs ATL (30 / 41 / 395 / 4 / 2 pass, 5 / 31 / 0 rush)
Winston had a big fantasy day as the Bucs fell behind early and spent the game trading touchdowns with Matt Ryan. Winston wasn't hitting on much downfield, but did manage four short touchdown passes as he worked short and medium routes. Winston capped the Bucs' opening drive off with a touchdown to Cameron Brate. The tight end split out to the left slot and worked his way into the end zone against a linebacker in coverage, where Winston hit him just over the pylon for the score. Winston led another scoring drive at the end of the 1st half, capping it off with a touchdown pass to OJ Howard. The big tight end lined up on the right side of the formation with two other receivers and worked his way across the goal line on a crossing route. Winston found Godwin for an easy touchdown in the 4th quarter, using play action from a goal line set to draw the defense in after several hard runs from Barber on the drive. Winston found Barber for his final touchdown late in the 4th quarter, taking the ball from a shotgun formation while Barber chip blocked and worked his way into the end zone, where he was wide open for an easy reception. Winston's first interception was a poor throw by the quarterback. Desean Jackson had a couple of defenders running with him step for step and Winston launched a deep ball right into the arms of a safety over the top. His second interception was an equally poor decision as Winston launched the ball towards Chris Godwin, who was triple-covered in the back of the end zone. The ball was tipped straight up and Atlanta wound up securing it before it hit the ground. Winston showed off his nimble footwork, scrambling to extend several plays. He faked a handoff and rolled out right to pick up a 3rd and 3 in the 2nd quarter. He took a big hit out of bounds on a 3rd quarter scramble, drawing a flag for a personal foul. Winston finished the day as Tampa's second leading rusher with 31 yards on 5 official carries.
2018 Week 4 vs CHI (16 / 20 / 145 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Winston got the nod in the second half after Fitzpatrick struggled mightily. Winston wasn't much better as Kalil Mack and the Chicago D kept him scrambling for his life on most plays. Winston did complete an impressive 80% of his passes, but his yards per completion were pretty abysmal. Winston completed his first three pass attempts for short gains to Humphries, including a short completion to convert 4th and 1 from midfield. After two more completions to Evans and Humphries, Winston's pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage by Khalil Mack and intercepted by Danny Trevathan. Winston had a nice 7 yard scramble to pick up a 1st down in the 3rd quarter. He found Brate in the end zone early in the 4th quarter, capping a lengthy drive that saw short completions to Evans, Jackson, and Humphries. Winston ended the game on an ugly note, dropping back with less than 2 minutes left and throwing the ball right into the breadbasket of a waiting defender who had dropped back into zone coverage. The Bucs have announced that Winston will start in week 6 after their week 5 bye.
Latest NewsBuccaneers | Bruce Arians to help Jameis Winston? (Thu Jan 17, 11:22 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston will benefit from having Bruce Arians as his head coach, according to retired QB Carson Palmer. 'It's probably the best thing that could've happen to Jameis at this point in his career,' Palmer said. 'Getting a guy like B.A. to come in and clean up some things technically. And really installing what he does best and that's push the ball down the field.' Our View: That's the biggest task for Arians in 2019; see if Winston can have his career jump started and get the Bucs on track offensively. Arians is a 'quarterback whisperer' so we feel pretty good about his chances to get through to Winston. The biggest thing Arians should have to change is the number of turnovers Winston has as a passer. Both Arians and Winston love the deep passing game, but Arians needs to coach Winston on when/where to challenge a defense.
link to story Buccaneers | Jameis Winston to benefit from new OC? (Thu Jan 10, 09:38 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich is a 'rising star,' according to head coach Bruce Arians, and Arians is optimistic that Leftwich can help QB Jameis Winston improve as a player. link to story Buccaneers | Talent no issue for Jameis Winston (Thu Jan 10, 09:10 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston just needs to relax and let his natural ability take over, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'Talent is no issue,' Arians said. 'It's just becoming a little bit smarter.' Our View: Winston had the third-most (14) interceptions in the league during the 2018 season. That's a number Arians will work diligently to bring down in 2019. The combination of Arians and Winston has the potential to be a good one.
link to story Buccaneers | Jameis Winston the cornerstone of offense (Wed Jan 9, 02:23 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston will be the focal point of the offense under new head coach Bruce Arians. Our View: This is going to be an interesting fit for the Buccaneers...and Fantasy GMs. Arians lauded the controversial quarterback, crediting his work ethic, intelligence, toughness and physical abilities. The veteran coach added that he has to put the right pieces around Winston. Arians is a noted 'quarterback whisperer' and has a lot of work to do in order to get the most from Winston.
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