Sep 20, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Jameis is looking very Roethlisberger-like on this pass to Louis Murphy
Throughout the draft process, Jameis Winston was being unfairly compared to JaMarcus Russell. However, when people decided to get more realistic, they compared him to Ben Roethlisberger. Both quarterbacks possess a unique combination of size to shake off a big hit, athleticism to pick up decent yardage when a play breaks down and the arm strength to deliver the ball down the field.
Another part of Roethlisberger’s game that gets overlooked is his ability to throw strikes on the run. Just look at this play against the Colts. On Sunday, Winston did the same thing, scrambling to his right and finding Louis Murphy for a 54-yard connection.
Saints defensive back Delvin Breaux lost the ball in the lights, but let’s also give credit where credit is due. This pass by Winston was right where it needed to be.
Jameis’ ability to make passes like this one is another reason why the Bucs took him with the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft. After a Week 1 effort which left a lot to be desired, the former Seminoles quarterback bounced back nicely. Not only did this game (briefly) put the “bust” talk, but it helped boost Winston’s confidence as the team heads into an important Week 3 contest on the road against the Texans.
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