There was a lot to like about Jameis Winston during his rookie year. He accounted for 28 scores, 22 through the air and six on the ground. He completed 58% of his passes, and his ratio of touchdowns to interceptions was 22:15. 15 is a number that needs to come down, but the ratio is strong for a rookie.
He also led the team to some surprise wins, beating New Orleans in their building, as well as sweeping the Atlanta Falcons.
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He just needs to make more adjustments to the NFL game, just like any rookie quarterback does. The interceptions do need to come down. He must improve on his secondary and tertiary reads. In the college game, your first option is open most of the time. Not so much in the NFL. When Winston got rid of the ball in less than 2.5 seconds, he completed over 60% of his passes, but when he held it longer than 2.6 seconds, his percentage dropped to 56%. That’s a sign that he isn’t seeing the later options as well as he can.
Improve in these areas and Tampa has itself a quarterback for a long time.
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