Sep 27, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws over Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) during the second half at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Winston (once again) shows flashes of greatness
It’s a weird time for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their fans. For the first time in franchise history, the Bucs have a rookie quarterback who is expected to develop into the future of the franchise. As a result, we’re going to have moments where Jameis Winston struggles with consistency coupled with flashes of brilliance.
In every game this season, Winston has shown his rookie side, inexplicably lofting throws way too high for his receivers. Then, on another play, he’ll show poise in the pocket and deliver passes through tough windows. Like, this one to Vincent Jackson.
In Week 2, the Buccaneers ran a very similar post route play to Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
In back-to-back contests, Winston has shown an incredible amount of confidence in believing that he can make that type of throw in traffic and touch by putting the ball in the right spot for his receiver.
Another admirable part of this play on Sunday was Winston’s poise in the pocket. The former Seminoles signal caller has every reason to hit the panic button whenever the pocket starts collapsing in front of him. In the first two weeks of the season, Jameis has done his fair share of scrambling to extend a play. This past Sunday, he had J.J. Watt breathing down his neck. However, Winston stood tall and delivered a perfectly-placed pass.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. These are the throws you would expect out of a veteran NFL quarterback, not a rookie. It shows us what he’s capable of doing on a consistent basis in due time. With some time, Winston should turn into the QB we all hope he can be. But, there’s only one problem. How much patience can a team that went 2-14 last season have in the ensuing year?