Buccaneers game grades: 2017 Week 3 loss in Minnesota
The Buccaneers need quarterback Jameis Winston to start taking steps towards being the franchise leader they think he can be.
We all need him to, for the sake of fandom, sanity, or both.
This week, he didn’t take any steps towards the objective. Instead he took two and half big ones backwards.
The first half step back came in the first possession of the game for the Bucs. On third down, and in scoring position, Winston was under pressure.
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Growing as an NFL passer means he throws it away and keeps his team’s field goal shot alive.
Instead, this young quarterback threw a duck with the Vikings’ Brian Robinson bearing down on him.
Initially, it looked like an interception, but tight end Cam Brate saved him, and Tampa walked way with a field goal. This made it 3-7, Minnesota.
Later, with the Buccaneers driving again, Winston underthrew DeSean Jackson leading to a Trae Waynes interception.
The pass halted an otherwise strong drive, and took points off the board as the Bucs were in at least field goal range.
Finally, in the fourth quarter, Winston and star receiver Jackson certainly weren’t on the same page as Andrew Sendejo picked off another pass from the Tampa quarterback.
A third and final interception came in the fourth quarter, but by then, Winston is just trying to make anything happen.
Look, I’m not happy about throwing into triple coverage either, but if you’re going to do it, it should be to Evans.
There were a couple good moments, but not enough.