The Quarterback is Athletic but Inconsistent
In one night we saw all that is great about Jameis Winston, and we saw what is keeping him from taking that next step.
Winston’s overall numbers on the night were middle of the road: 17-35, 247 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. However, he showed the world how great he can be. Winston is one heck of an athlete. The touchdown pass to Adam Humphries was a pass that not everybody can make. Being able to throw the ball over 40 yards when moving in the wrong direction, and do so accurately, is a thing of beauty. Winston made one great play there.
But his decision-making needs to become more consistent. The turnovers have to go away and stay away. Three interceptions is not often going to lead your team to many wins. His pocket awareness is very suspect at times as well. On the first sack-fumble, Winston could have bought himself a hair more time by sliding to his right. On the second sack-fumble, though recovered by the Bucs, was all on him. He held the ball forever. I appreciate trying to make a play down field, but if it isn’t there, the quarterback must get out and go.
Winston is a good quarterback, but until he makes these changes, he won’t become elite.