Aug 15, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) dives for a touchdown during the second quarter in a preseason NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Winston’s first NFL touchdown
For all the jokes made about Winston’s speed, or lack thereof, at the Combine, he showed some decent quickness, most of the time, when he was forced to stretch a play outside the pocket. For all the talk about what Jameis can do with his arm, it probably came as a surprise that his first NFL touchdown would be with his feet.
After making his three-step drop out of the shotgun, Winston quickly spotted running room up the middle. With the Bucs in a 3rd and 7 situation late in the second quarter, the former Seminole quarterback made a quick decision, showing faith in his ability to get the necessary yards on a pivotal red zone possession.
Seeing Winston dive into the endzone on his eight-yard touchdown scramble was a bittersweet feeling. While you like to see him go that extra mile, er, yard, this is the preseason and after seeing what happened to Vikings tackle Phil Loadholt earlier in the contest, you realize that injuries can happen at any moment.
Say what you want about Winston pulling off this drive against the Vikings’ second or third team defense, the Buccaneers franchise quarterback needed this confidence boost heading into his next preseason game at the Ray Jay against the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday. The numbers weren’t great, but he was able to get his team into the endzone. It was one time this week, let’s go for two TDs next week.