QB Jameis Winston - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
|6-4, 231||Born: 1-6-1994||College: Florida State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2015 Week 1 vs TEN (16 / 33 / 210 / 2 / 2 pass, 6 / 18 / 0 rush)
Winston looked rough in his regular-season debut outing. He threw two interceptions and had another near interception in the first quarter that bounced off a defender's hands. He was also sacked 4 times and hit several more on his way to posting a miserable QB rating. Winston scrambled quite a bit, without much success, but did manage to pick up a 4 and 1 in the first quarter with his feet. Jameis took a big shot from a linebacker during a second quarter scramble, something that had to give his coaches some indigestion. Winston oftentimes threw on the run without setting his feet, resulting in a lot of the inaccuracy that plagued him for the day. It's something that coaches should be able to help him with, but the Bucs offensive line is going to have to do a better job as well, if he is going to stand in the pocket with any confidence. Winston's first interception was thrown right into the hands of a defender who was covering Adamp Humphries as he ran a shallow out route on 3rd and short, and promptly taken to the house for a touchdown. Jameis apparently didn't see the defender following Humphries step for step in coverage. It was ugly. His second pick of the day occurred with just a couple of minutes left in the 2nd quarter. A defensive lineman who fell down at the start of the play jumped to his feet and snagged Winston's pass as he attempted to throw a short RB screen to Charles Sims on 3rd and 2. Winston's first touchdown, a short out route to Austin Seferian-Jenkins, came right after a lucky play. Winston nearly threw his second interception of the game as he looked for ASJ on the sidelines, but the ball clanged off of a defender's waiting hands and into the arms of ASJ. The pair connected for a touchdown on the next play. ASJ cut a quick out route and just left the linebacker in coverage behind him, making it an easy toss for Jameis. Winston's second touchdown of the day also went to ASJ, who did most of the work with a 41-yard catch and run. Winston looks extremely nervous in the pocket, and perhaps rightfully so, but he is going to have to work on setting his feet and improving the accuracy of his passes. He had a lot of passes that sailed well clear of their target. Though the Bucs' offensive line is still struggling, Jameis himself has a lot of work to do. The return of Mike Evans will give him another solid, large option in the passing game, and should help some, at least.
2015 Week 2 vs NO (14 / 21 / 207 / 1 / 0 pass, 6 / 23 / 1 rush)
Winston put his week 1 performance behind him with a solid performance on the road against the Saints. He looked sharp from the start of the game, completing his first pass of the day to Seferian-Jenkins for 21 yards on a nice corner route. Winston showed a lot of competitiveness and disregard for his body as he scrambled. His six rushes of the day netted 23 yards and a touchdown, including two nifty third down conversions. He did take several hard hits and lost a fumble in the fourth quarter while running the ball. The fumble didn't cost the Bucs, as New Orleans missed the ensuing field goal, but it could have swung things in the Saints favor. Winston completed 14 of 21 passes and had some clutch throws, including a 16 yard 3rd down conversion and ensuing touchdown pass to Vincent Jackson as the last minute of the first half ticked away. Winston completed a beautiful 54 yard bomb, his longest of the night, to Louis Murphy on a somewhat improvised play near the end of the third quarter. The play placed the Bucs inside the 10 yard line, but Winston failed to capitalize on the big play, overthrowing an open Seferian-Jenkins in the end zone on second and goal and an open V-jax on third and goal. Both passes were close, but the rookie led both receivers a bit too much. The Bucs settled for a 22 yard field goal. Winston's passing touchdown occurred at the end of the second quarter. Bucs return man Bobby Rainey fielded a kickoff with 1:23 on the clock and returned it to the Tampa Bay 37 yard line. From there, Jameis led an impressive drive, connecting with Vincent Jackson for a conversion on 3rd and 16 and getting a little help from a roughing the passer penalty. A nice completion on a post route to Murphy put the Bucs on the Saints' 15 yard line. Winston capped the drive with a beautiful touchdown pass to Jackson in the back of the end zone, zipping the pass over two defenders and giving Jackson just enough room to get his feet down after securing the ball. Winston rushed for his second touchdown of the day during the opening drive of the 3rd quarter. Louis Murphy drew a pass interference call on Brandon Browner while running a deep route down the left sideline. The penalty put occurred in the end zone, putting the Bucs on the 1 yard line. Winston rolled left on the first play from the 1, looking for a receiver, but he saw an open running lane and darted into the end zone for the score. Winston looked poised in the pocket when the protection was there, and his competitiveness really showed when he was flushed out of the pocket and forced to scramble. He made a few good passes on the run and also picked up two third down conversions with his feet. He needs to protect himself better though, as he is definitely setting himself up to take some big hits. Winston looks to be a little more comfortable throwing to Jackson and Seferian-Jenkins, and may take a little time to warm up to Evans, who just returned to the lineup.
2015 Week 3 vs HOU (17 / 36 / 261 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Winston and the Tampa Bay offense really struggled to sustain drives and convert third downs. Austin-Seferian Jenkins missed the game with an injured shoulder, and Winston peppered newly returned WR Mike Evans with 17 targets-more than the team's next 4 leading receivers combined (16). Winston looked to Evans early and often, targeting him multiple times on deep comebacks, curl routes, and crossing patterns. Winston's only touchdown pass of the day went to RB Charles Sims, who motioned out wide as a receiver before the snap. Winston nearly had a second touchdown in the third quarter, as he hit a leaping Vincent Jackson in the end zone with a beautiful pass, but Jackson couldn't get his second foot down before falling out of bounds. Winston only turned the ball over once on an interception, and he was not sacked, though he was often pressured. Jameis showed nice subtle pocket movement on a lot of plays, and he protected his body more than the previous two weeks, recording zero scrambles. Winston's touchdown came late in the second quarter. With approximately 4 minutes left in the first half, the Bucs were down 3-7. Winston lined up in the shotgun in a 4-wide set with Charles Sims to his left in the backfield. Winston motioned Sims out wide left out of the backfield, and threw him a quick pass as soon as the ball was snapped. Sims caught the WR screen and made a couple of defenders miss on his way to the end zone, putting the Bucs ahead 9-7 at the time. Kicker Brindza "doinked" the extra point attempt off of the uprights. Winston's only turnover of the day was an ugly interception in the beginning of the third quarter. Winston was looking for Mike Evans on a deep comeback route, a pattern that the two were having success with on the day, but he forced the ball into double coverage and Quintin Demps snagged the interception. The ensuing Houston drive resulted in a field goal. Winston ran most early downs under center but often moved to the shotgun for 3rd down situations with 3WR sets.
2015 Week 4 vs CAR (26 / 43 / 287 / 2 / 4 pass, 4 / 12 / 0 rush)
Winston turned in 287 yards and two touchdowns, but he was also intercepted 4 times. The weather was terrible in Tampa Bay- pouring rain came and went as the game progressed, and some of Winston's accuracy and turnover issues can probably be attributed to this. However, he definitely made poor decisions on a couple of the interceptions, throwing right to defenders waiting in coverage. Winston's first touchdown of the day came at the end of the third quarter. Winston ran a 5-wide set with no back from the Panthers' 13, and found Charles Sims, lined up in the slot, in the back left corner of the end zone for the score. Jameis showed some nice pocket movement on the play, sidestepping a little pressure while he made his reads and found Sims. Winston's second touchdown of the game went to Vincent Jackson with 1:00 left in the game. V-jax ran a quick slant route from the Carolina 6 yard line and shot into the end zone for the score. This capped off a long drive at the end of the 4th quarter, in which Winston picked up a 4th down conversion with his feet and found V-jax several times for big-time plays. The young quarterback's competitiveness is evident, he plays until the last whistle blows- every play, all game. Winston fumbled the snap on the second play of the game, and lost the ball as a heavy rain fell during the first quarter. The fumbled snap was credited to backup center Joe Hawley. 3 plays into the Bucs' second drive of the day, Winston threw an interception to Panthers CB Josh Norman. Winston was looking for TE Brandon Myers on a short out route, but Norman sat back on the route and jumped the ball perfectly. Norman promptly took it to the end zone and rode it like a donkey, earning himself a celebration penalty. It was Norman's second pick-six of the season. Winston's second pick of the day occurred at the beginning of the second quarter. Winston was looking for Mike Evans on the first play of the Bucs' 5th drive, but a Carolina defensive lineman tipped the pass at the line of scrimmage. The ball wobbled off target and was scooped up by safety Kurt Coleman. Winston's third pick went to, once again, Josh Norman. Winston was looking for Vincent Jackson on a deep crossing route in the third quarter, but threw the ball behind V-jax, where it was promptly picked by Norman. Winston was not under a lot of pressure on the play, he just made a bad throw behind Jackson. Winston's fourth pick was a bad throw to Mike Evans on a 10 yard curl route. Winston apparently didn't see Thomas Davis sitting in coverage in between him and Evans, and Davis made an athletic leap to grab the ball. Winston led the team in a two-minute drill at the end of the first half, taking over with 1:55 left to play and leading the Bucs into easy field goal range, where kicker Brindza unfortunately missed the kick. Winston was penalized twice on the day for intentional grounding. In both instances, he failed to get that ball back to the line of scrimmage while attempting to throw it away to avoid a sack. Winston had a couple of nifty scrambles for third down conversions, and did a good job of protecting himself on these runs. He also converted a 4th and 3 with his feet on the team's final drive that ended in V-jax's touchdown. He's no Cam Newton, but he can definitely extend plays with pocket movement and the occasional rollout.
2015 Week 5 vs JAX (13 / 19 / 209 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 9 / 0 rush)
Winston's arm took a backseat to Doug Martin and the Tampa Bay run game in week 5. Winston was very efficient with his limited attempts, completing 14 of 19 for 209 yards and a score. Winston's touchdown came on a short pass to Doug Martin out of the backfield. After Bobby Rainey returned a punt to the Jacksonville 20 yard line in the second quarter, Martin took over, carrying the ball twice for decent gains and then catching a short outlet pass out of the backfield from Jameis after faking the handoff on 3rd and 3. Martin took off up the middle and dove into the end zone for the team's first score of the day. Winston nearly committed a costly gaff in the second quarter while the Bucs were driving deep in Jacksonville territory. While taking a sack, Winston attempted to throw the ball away, but he accidentally threw the ball backwards, where it was recovered by a Jacksonville defender for a turnover. A review of the play showed that Jameis had been down by contact before throwing the ball, negating the turnover. The Bucs followed with a field goal shortly after. Winston also nearly threw an interception that would have almost certainly been returned for a touchdown in the third quarter. Winston tried to dump a short pass off to Charles Sims, but a defensive lineman stepped in front of the pass and dropped the would-be INT. Winston looked for Mike Evans a few times in the end zone on deep passes, and also threw a couple of long balls to Vincent Jackson, but he was unable to connect downfield and found the most success throwing shorter routes and letting his receivers(mostly the running backs) do most of the work after the catch. The formula of running the ball hard and keeping the passing conservative payed off for the Bucs, but the downfield passing will definitely continue to develop. Many of Winston's completions came on play-action. His longest completion of the day went to Charles Sims for 57 yards on a well designed halfback screen out of the backfield. Sims caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage and did the rest with his legs. Winston did not scramble much, but picked up a 3rd down in the 4th quarter with his feet, and also had a couple of nifty moves in the backfield to avoid sacks and extend the play.
2015 Week 7 vs WAS (21 / 29 / 297 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Winston turned in a great performance as the Bucs lost a heartbreaker. He looked sharp from the beginning of the game, attempting most of his passes out of the shotgun while mixing in a few play action passes. His first pass attempt was his longest completion of the day, a 40 yard touchdown to Mike Evans to cap the Bucs' first drive. After two Doug Martin carries landed the Bucs in Redskins territory, Winston took the snap from the shotgun, joined in the backfield by a RB and TE. Evans, lined up to the left in a tight bunch formation with Vincent Jackson, took off down the numbers and gave a slight double move as he streaked toward the left pylon. Winston hit him in stride, just over the reach of defender Will Blackmon. Winston threw his second TD pass to rookie WR Donteea Dye in the second quarter. Winston, lined up in the shotgun inside the Washington red zone, threw a beautiful pass over the receiver's outside shoulder as he ran a corner route to the back pylon. Winston was only sacked once and did not throw any INT's, but he still displayed some uneasiness in the pocket. He did a good job of getting rid of the ball instead of taking sacks, but there are some times that he scrambles a bit early when he could perhaps make a more subtle move inside the pocket to continue the play. Winston fumbled once during a third quarter scramble, but was able to fall on the ball and recover it himself. Whether by design or because of all the injuries to the receiving core, Winston was funneling the ball to Mike Evans, and the combo had some beautiful connections throughout the game. This budding relationship should continue to produce big plays and chunk yardage. Hopefully Tampa Bay can field enough healthy receivers around Evans to take a little pressure off of him. The return of tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins should give Winston another big athletic target. With the Buccaneers defense struggling to stop even the leagues worst offenses, it looks like Jameis and the offense will have to continue to put up big point totals to stay competitive, a good thing for fantasy owners
2015 Week 8 vs ATL (16 / 29 / 177 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 24 / 1 rush)
Winston was without some of his top weapons after Louis Murphy was lost for the season in week 7, and Vincent Jackson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins sat out week 8 with various injuries. He did not commit any turnovers, but had a pretty slow day through the air statistically. He threw one touchdown pass, a deep ball to tight end Cameron Brate, who was streaking down the numbers as Winston rolled out right during a 2nd quarter drive. Winston didn't seem to have the same comfort level with the remaining receivers, other than Mike Evans. He sailed several passes high and made a couple of ill-advised throws while scrambling. Winston nearly threw an interception in the 3rd quarter as he looked to a double-covered Mike Evans streaking down the right sideline. Fortunately, one of the two defenders was called for pass interference. He almost threw another INT in overtime, sailing the ball high over the middle where it bounced off of an Atlanta defender's hands. Winston had a beautiful 22 yard scramble right up the middle during a third quarter drive. He dropped back to pass, saw the middle open up and seized the opportunity, plowing ahead to the 4 yard line. After a couple of failed pass attempts, Winston took the ball into the end zone himself. With Martin lined up to his left, and Donteea Dye to his right in the shotgun, Winston faked a shovel pass left and charged forward, untouched by anyone except his own tight end Cameron Brate, who he nearly had to run over to get into the end zone. Jameis really showed off his strength on a few scrambles as he free from the grasp of would-be tacklers to extend the play, looking a lot like Ben Roethlisberger. Winston unfortunately did come up short on a scramble late in the 4th quarter, as Tampa Bay attempted to convert on 4th-and-1 from their own territory to ice the game. Winston took the snap and rolled out left, initially looking for receivers before tucking the ball and plowing forward, just narrowly missing the 1st down marker. The controversial call by Coach Smith to go for it with less than 2 minutes remaining in the game allowed the Falcons to tie the game and take it to overtime. Jameis led the Bucs on a nice scoring drive in overtime, converting several short 3rd down attempts through the air to get the offense close enough to kick the game-winning field goal .
2015 Week 9 vs NYG (19 / 36 / 249 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 24 / 1 rush)
Winston didn't put up great stats in week 9, but he didn't get a lot of help from his receiving core, especially Mike Evans. Though Evans had several beautiful catches among his 19 targets, he also committed several brutal drops that ended drives on 3rd down. With receiver Vincent Jackson and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins out again, Winston targeted Evans heavily throughout the game, and also found some success targeting slot man Adam Humphries. Winston converted several 3rd downs through the air, and had several other drives end with drops on relatively well-placed passes. Winston was not sacked, but he was hit hard several times, drawing a couple of roughing-the-passer penalties in the process. He was able to scramble out of trouble a few times to bail his offensive line out. He had a nice 12 yard scramble at the end of the second quarter to take the Bucs into the Giants red zone, and another beautiful scamper for a touchdown in the 4th quarter. Late in the ballgame, lined up in the New York red zone, Winston took the snap in the shotgun with 2 receivers lined up close to either side. He took off right after scanning the field and dove into the right corner of the end zone for the score.
2015 Week 10 vs DAL (22 / 39 / 264 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 3 / 1 rush)
Winston had his ups and downs in week 10. He had some accuracy issues, sailing some passes high and also trailing receivers a bit at times. Winston was forced to focus on Mike Evans again as V-Jax and ASJ sat out again. Evans made some great contested catches but hurt Winston's numbers with some drops as well. Winston did his best to scramble around in the passing game and make lemonade out of the lemons his offensive line was giving him, but he still took 2 sacks and a handful more QB hits. Winston threw his first interception in a month at the end of the 2nd quarter. Tampa Bay was in the 2 minute drill as they attempted to drive down and score in the waning minutes of the first half. Winston had a couple of nice completions to Mike Evans on the drive, and had narrowly missed Evans and Sims in the endzone. On 3rd and 10, with 3 receivers lined up to his left, Winston looked for TE Brandon Myers on a deep curl route. His pass sailed high and glanced off of Myers' fingers, landing in the arms of Cowboys safety Jeff Heath. Winston nearly threw another pick on the next possession, but the defender dropped the pass. Winston threw a second interception late in the 4th quarter as the Bucs attempted to drive and take the lead with 6 minutes left in the game. Winston took the snap from the shotgun in a 3-WR set and looked for slot receiver Humphries running a post route, but the pass was behind the receiver. The ball bounced back into the arms of Jeff Heath for his second pick of the day. Winston nearly snuffed the Tampa Bay comeback out with a fumble as he crossed the goal line at the end of the 4th quarter. Winston took the snap and dropped back, looking for an open receiver. When no targets presented themselves, Winston took off up the middle, leaping as he neared the goal line. The ball slipped out of his hands before he somersaulted across the goal line, and Dallas recovered. It would have almost surely cost the Bucs the game, but Cowboys safety Jeff Heath was flagged for holding Mike Evans on the play, negating the fumble. Winston faked a handoff left on the next play and rolled out right on a naked bootleg, walking into the endzone untouched for the go-ahead score. Though he committed several mistakes on the day, Winston always put them behind him and went right back out to compete on the next play. Winston's longest completion of the day was a go-route that Mike Evans ran down the right hash mark from a 5-wide set. Winston took the snap in the shotgun and threw a laser for a 26 yard gain. Winston also executed a beautiful halfback screen to Doug Martin in the 4th quarter against an unsuspecting Dallas blitz, resulting in a 25 yard gain.
2015 Week 11 vs PHI (19 / 29 / 246 / 5 / 0 pass, 4 / 0 / 0 rush)
Winston tied the rookie record for touchdown passes with 5. He spread his targets out a little more evenly with Vincent Jackson active again for the first time in a few weeks. Mike Evans led with 7 targets, followed by V-jax(6), Humphries(5), Brate(4), Sims(4), Martin(1) and Shepard(1). 5 different receivers caught touchdown passes. The Tampa Bay offense primarily alternated between 3WR sets and heavier 2TE sets that often featured a fullback as well. Winston had a lot of success with play action. First touchdown pass of the day went to Mike Evans near the end of the 1st quarter. Evans was the lone receiver split out left with two tight ends in a pro set. Winston took the snap under center on the Eagles 4 yard line and hit Evans with quick back shoulder pass right over the defender's head. Evans went up for the ball and tapped both feet before falling out of bounds. Winston set the Bucs up for their 2nd touchdown with a deep ball to Mike Evans that took Tampa Bay into the Philadelphia red zone. On the next play, Jameis hit Vincent Jackson with a quick slant pass that the veteran receiver snagged on his way to the end zone. Winston found seldom-targeted receiver Russell Shepard for his 3rd touchdown pass of the day after Doug Martin set the Bucs up inside the Philadelphia 5 yard line with his longest run of the day. Shepard lined up in the left slot and ran a nifty double move to get open in the back of the end zone. Winston took the snap from the shotgun and found Shepard in stride for the score. 4th touchdown pass of the day was a real beauty to Charles Sims, lined up slot right in an empty backfield, 5WR set. With a minute left in the 2nd quarter, Winston lofted a pass to Sims streaking down the numbers, dropping the ball over the head of the pursuing defender for the score. Winston threw his final touchdown pass of the day to tight end Cameron Brate in the 3rd quarter. Brate split out to the left of the line and ran a short post route, and Winston put the ball up so he could leap and grab it over the defending linebacker's head. Winston had the ball stripped from his hand in the second quarter, but the fumble was recovered by fullback Jorvorskie Lane. Avoided a sack in the 3rd quarter by throwing the ball away with his left hand. On the day, Winston was only sacked once.
2015 Week 12 vs IND (20 / 36 / 245 / 1 / 1 pass, 3 / 27 / 0 rush)
Winston cooled off considerably after last week's 5TD eruption, completing 20 of 36 for 245 and a touchdown. He threw 1 interception and took 5 sacks over the course of the game. It was certainly a step back from a week ago, as Winston struggled to place the ball accurately, regularly overthrowing receivers Evans and Jackson downfield. Tampa Bay's offensive line really struggled with pass protection, and Winston was constantly scrambling to extend plays. Winston struggled particularly in the red zone. His only touchdown of the day was a 20 yard hookup with young tight end Cameron Brate(2nd touchdown in 2 weeks), who has started to establish a nice rapport with Winston based on a limited route tree. Winston took the snap in the shotgun from the Indy 20 and found Brate streaking down the numbers for the score right at the end of the 2nd quarter. Winston had 3 carries for 27 yards. His first was a nice scramble to convert 2nd and 6 in the 3rd quarter, and the second a short carry later that same drive. His 3rd carry of the day was a nifty 14 yard scramble for a a 1st down late in the 4th quarter. Winston iced the game with 2:20 left in the 4th quarter with an interception. Winston overthrew Vincent Jackson on an inexplicably bad pass that landed right in the waiting arms of a safety. He had time in the pocket, but was looking to force the ball deep to Jackson and sailed it high.
2015 Week 13 vs ATL (18 / 27 / 227 / 1 / 1 pass, 5 / 15 / 1 rush)
Winston completed 18 of 27 passes for 227 yards, with 1 TD and 1 INT. He was only sacked once. He also had a rushing TD on a beautiful scramble in the 1st quarter. On the Atlanta 6, with 3 tight ends lined up split out to the right in a bunch and 1 WR split out wide left in a single back set, Winston took the snap from under center and rolled out right. The 3 tight ends cleared out and Winston turned the corner on a couple of hotly pursuing defensive linemen, diving into the end zone for the score. Winston was efficient with his passing, spreading the ball around and leaning on strong running from Doug Martin and Charles Sims. Winston's interception was more Mike Evans' fault than his own. Winston was leading the offense on a last minute drive in the 1st half when Evans let a curl route bounce off of his hands into the arms of CB Desmond Trufant. The pass was a little high, but Evans got both hands on it and the ball certainly looked catchable. Winston was intercepted again in the 4th quarter when another passed bounced off of Evans' hands, but CB Desmond Trufant was flagged for pass interference on the play for wrapping Evans up before the ball got to the receiver. Winston had some real magic working late in the 4th quarter. On 3rd and 19, he took off on a scramble, and appeared to be tackled well short of the 1st down marker. However, the two defenders who brought him down fell underneath him, preventing his knee or elbows from touching the ground, so Winston rolled off the pile and took off for the 1st down, setting the Bucs up deep in Atlanta territory. Winston found Evans on the right sideline for the go-ahead touchdown a couple of plays later, giving the receiver just enough room to make a diving catch before sliding out of the end zone. Lavonte David intercepted the ball on the first play of Atlanta's next drive to seal the victory for the Bucs.
2015 Week 14 vs NO (18 / 32 / 182 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / 24 / 0 rush)
Winston had a spotty day as a passer, completing 18 of 32 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown. Though he was only sacked once, the Tampa Bay offensive line did struggle some with protection, and Winston extended several plays with rollouts and scrambles. On the day, he had 3 rushes for 24 yards total, shaking some tackles on his way to 18 of those yards and a first down on a 2nd quarter scramble. In the passing game, Winston struggled with accuracy at times. He overthrew some open receivers, but also had several drops from reliable targets. Winston nearly had an interception in the 3rd quarter on a play-action rollout. As he took off to the right side of the field, Winston threw the ball all the way across the field to Seferian-Jenkins, who was running a deep corner route. The pass was well off its mark and slipped through the arms of CB Brandon Browner. Winston finally found the end zone in the 4th quarter. He hooked up with Mike Evans on a deep post route to put the Bucs inside the New Orleans 10 yard line, and then found slot receiver Humphries on a crossing route for a score on the next play. Winston was running right on a designed rollout on his touchdown pass, and had lots of success with rollout passes on the day.
2015 Week 15 vs LA (29 / 50 / 363 / 2 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)
Though he set a career high in yardage with 29 of 50 completions for 363 yards and 2 TD's. Winston had a spotty day as a passer. He had trouble with accuracy, often sailing the ball high as he got hassled by Aaron Donald and the rest of the St. Louis front 7. Winston threw his first touchdown pass of the day to backup tight end Luke Stocker in the 4th quarter, one play after setting it up with a 44 yard gain on a deep ball to Donteea Dye. Winston threw his second touchdown pass of the day to TE Seferian-Jenkins late in the 4th quarter with less than 2 minutes left. Winston took the snap from the shotgun and shuffled in the pocket while ASJ got separation on his out route for the TD catch. Winston threw an interception late in the 4th quarter while looking for Mike Evans in the right flat on an out, putting it right in CB Trumaine Johnson's numbers after he undercut the route. To Winston's credit, he came back on the next drive and threw 4 completions in a row, showing the competitiveness that has defined his style all year. Winston nearly threw another interception in the end zone midway through the 4th quarter while looking for Cameron Brate on a double move. Winston had another close call late in the 4th, when his arm was batted by blitzing safety Mark Barron, but the ball fluttered to the turf between 3 defenders. Winston got popped hard at the end of a 2nd quarter scramble and then got into the middle of a verbal confrontation with a couple of St Louis players, forcing the Bucs to call timeout before incurring a delay of game penalty.
2015 Week 16 vs CHI (15 / 29 / 295 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 10 / 0 rush)
Winston fell just short of the 300-yard mark, totaling 295 yards and 2 touchdowns. His last-second Hail Mary connection with Austin Seferian-Jenkins bolstered his stats considerably. Winston found Charles Sims out of the backfield for his first touchdown of the day. On a play where Chicago brought only 3 rushers, Winston was adequately protected long enough for Sims to run an out route all the way to the sideline and turn upfield. Winston threw a dime that just barely sailed past a diving defender on the sideline, and Sims did the rest, housing it for 50 yards and a score. Winston found Austin Seferian-Jenkins for a 43 yard touchdown on his last Hail Mary toss of the game. Winston's interception was ugly. Tampa Bay had driven deep into Chicago territory and were facing 3rd and long. Winston, falling backwards under heavy pressure, lobbed a pass deep to Charles Sims that almost looked like a failed attempt at just throwing the ball away. Chicago safety Harold Jones-Quartay picked the ball off at the goal line. Winston took a brutal sack late in the 4th quarter that backed the Bucs up to 52 yards on what would have been a much shorter field goal attempt to close the game to 23-17. Center Joe Hawley just seemed to have a bad grip before the snap and rolled the ball past Winston, who was forced to fall on it and eat the sack. Kicker Connor Barth missed the 52 yard attempt after.
2015 Week 17 vs CAR (29 / 47 / 325 / 0 / 2 pass, 3 / 14 / 1 rush)
Winston had a rough day, but still managed to pass 4,000 passing yards on the season, making him just the 3rd rookie to ever do so. After Carolina got out to an early lead, Winston was forced to throw the ball a lot. With Josh Norman and the rest of the Carolina secondary keeping the WR's on lockdown, and the Carolina 7 bringing constant pressure, Winston was forced to check down to his running backs often. He scored the Bucs' only touchdown of the day on a 6 yard bootleg run in the 3rd quarter. He faked the handoff to the right, and rolled out to the left, outrunning a couple of defenders to the edge and leaping over his last would-be tackler for the score. Winston set the play up with a 21 yard gain to TE Seferian-Jenkins the play before. Winston threw an ugly interception to LB Thomas Davis in the 2nd quarter while looking for a double-covered Adam Humphries. Winston had good protection, but threw the ball behind the receiver and made it an easy grab for the veteran linebacker. He threw another interception in the 4th quarter when his receiver, TE Brate, fell down on his dig route. Winston nearly had a 3rd interception late in the 4th quarter, but it bounced off the hands of a diving Josh Norman in the end zone. Winston missed TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins twice in the end zone at the end of the 2nd quarter, and the Bucs failed to score any points after Charles Sims took the ball to the 2 yard line with 10 seconds left in the half.