With Buccaneers’ OTAs underway, people can’t seem to say enough good things aboutJameis Winston
‘s leadership, work ethic, on field play, and dedication.
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It seems as though every time we turn around, there’s more positive news regarding second-year quarterback Jameis Winston circulating. Whether it’s the shape that he’s in or coaches raving about him on the field and in the locker room, Winston is cementing himself even further into the role of the leader, and face, of the Buccaneers’ franchise.
Offensive coordinator Todd Monken expressed last week his impressions of Jameis after getting on the field and working with him;
"“It’s who he is, how he’s wired. I think that’s one thing that’s a misnomer. I think from the outside you would have looked at it and with all the things that were publicized in the past about him and who he is, I was dead wrong. He wants to win as much as we do. He’s a competitive joker. He’s smart, he’s competitive, wants to win as much as we do. You can win a lot of games with guys like that.”"
Quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian joined into the Winston praise, speaking about Winston’s off-season conditioning and new, slim-downed physique;
"“A couple of things. Number one, everything in this league is about durability and being able to play as many snaps as possible. Last year we were fortunate he could take every snap, but by being in better physical shape, there is a better chance of lasting the season and avoiding injury. That’s number one, first and foremost. Number two, he’s been able to – again when you’re more physically fit, fatigue doesn’t become as much of an issue. In the quarterback position in particular that’s not as much of an issue as let’s say wide receivers, your defensive backs, your offensive lineman, but still, being in better physical shape can allow him to maintain a better base, play with lower hips and better feet and can allow him to just focus on the details of his technique”"
It’s no secret that there are high expectations of Jameis Winston in his second season as Bucs’ quarterback, but no one can put more pressure on him than he is putting on himself. So far, from what has circulated via social media, Winston looks pretty darn good. Now, you can’t get too excited about much in OTAs considering guys are in shorts and no pads, but Winston is impressing some people right out of the gate.
"That 3️⃣➡️1️⃣3️⃣ connection!!"
All we can say after watching some of those is: is it football season yet?