Buccaneers: Jameis Winston’s Sophomore Slump?
By Zach Sauers
The Buccaneers headed into week four in hopes of rebounding from a two game losing streak. Unfortunately due to costly turnovers, the game was out of hand quite early. Now in his second season in the NFL, Jameis Winston has yet to possess the ball security needed to help his team succeed.
Another game… another way to lose. The Buccaneers‘ franchise quarterback, Jameis Winston doomed his team by forcing two early turnovers. Once again the hopes of this franchise turning the corner is up in the air, and it all starts with quarterback play.
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Although Winston began the season with a tremendous game in Atlanta, his hot streak did not transfer over to the following week. Since week one, Winston has given up a whopping nine turnovers and if you count the lateral he yelled for this week… make it ten. His irresponsibility with the ball has met a new level of disgust, even to a point where his own mentor and head coach is sincerely worried.
So can we consider this a sophomore slump? Definitely. Although his horrid play is due to the fact of the running game being invisible since the loss of Luke Stocker and Doug Martin in week one, it is still a slump. Winston has decided to force the ball into places he should not typically throw.
After the game against Denver, our friend JoeBucsFan was able to interview one of the Bronco’s superstar corners Chris Harris Jr. This is what he had to say
"“We just knew he was going to force the ball to No. 13. We knew he was going to force the ball all day to Mike Evans and we would have the chance to come out with a couple of picks. It was something that we was expecting. We played a great defense and he threw it exactly where we wanted him to throw it to.”"
Well… you cant say this is not obvious. For going on two seasons now, Evans has been the only x-factor in the passing game. Yes, you can say all you want about Cameron Brate, Vincent “Washed-Up” Jackson, and Adam Humprhies but a fact is a fact. Without the dominant run game, the Bucs are completely predictable.
Unfortunately, this slump could be a season long issue. Once Martin is back we can always hope for more exciting play like the 2015 season, but let us not forget how injury prone he has been in the past.
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Coach Koetter, we need you bad. Take control of your franchise quarterback before he loses himself. This franchise can not take another missed opportunity of turning the corner. What do you say Buc fans?