Jameis Winston finished his rookie season with the third most passing yards in NFL history for a rookie with 4,042. Add on 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, Winston fared pretty well in his inaugural season. Despite injuries to the receiving corps and another plethora of missed games from Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Winston did what great quarterbacks do: elevate those around him.
No one in a million years would’ve expected Winston to throw for that many yards while losing ASJ for ten games, losing Mike Evans to start the year, losing Vincent Jackson for multiple games, and relying on guys like Adam Humphries, Donteea Dye, and Cameron Brate. Yet, here we are discussing his stand-out performance.
It’s not crazy to expect similar, potentially better numbers for Winston this year given it’s his second year in Koetter’s offense and his top targets are all returning at 100%. So what’s a fair number to put on Winston? It’s not easy to throw for 4,000 yards, and it’s even harder to do it back to back years. Given the defensive competition the Bucs will face, 4,000 yards would be an insanely impressive number for Jameis in year two. However, he’s just good enough to pull it off.
Jameis Winston Passing Yards: Over/Under 3,750
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