Heading into the 2015 NFL draft, there was a great debate. It was either #TeamJameis or #TeamMariota for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Obviously, we’re far past that at this point, but even with Jameis Winston now officially a Buc, some believe that the team should still roll out Mike Glennon as the starter in Week 1 of the 2015 season.
To each their own. But with that said, Winston is what Tampa bay needs.
He’s what this team needs in 2015 and for years to come after that, and most importantly, he’s exactly the leader that you want to have on your roster. Don’t believe me? The proof is in the pudding.
Sure, Gerald McCoy wants Winston to “let the rah-rah guysbe the rah-rah guys,” but we’re all forgetting one thing— Jameis Winston is a “rah-rah guy,” and it’s a beautiful thing.
Winston is a leader on the football field. He can get his team behind him and he can rally the troops when things seem the bleakest. We saw it throughout his senior year at Florida State, as the Seminoles were behind in eight of their 12 regular season games. As you know, the ‘Noles came back to win all of those games.
It’s also not always what the man dubbed “Famous Jameis” says to his teammates in the locker room. If you paid attention to Winston in the 2015 Rose Bowl loss to the Oregon Ducks, you could notice something about him. When mistakes happened (the ones that weren’t specifically on him), he was the first man over to his teammate to give him a pat on the head and do his best to keep the positive energy up. He even did it when the comeback was impossible.
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Winston is vocal, he’s a leader and he’s loud. He’s still probably somewhat immature, but remember, he’s only 21 years old. With that said, he seems to have taken a pretty big step forward when it comes to his approach to an NFL career, especially for someone that young.
Famous Jameis may mess around off the field, but he’s all business when it comes to trying to win the starting quarterback job in Tampa. It’s also a pretty safe bet that he’s going to be all business when it comes to trying to get this team back to the promised land as well.
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