Quarterback: Jameis Winston
First and foremost, Jameis Winston is worth keeping a close eye on, even if he plays just for a series or two. After all of the hype this offseason surrounding the marriage of Winston and Arians, it is time to see it in action.
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Coming off the worst year of his career, Winston enters his contract year and his performance in 2019 is truly a defining boom-or-bust moment for him. He has kept his nose clean this offseason off-the-field, has no quarterback competition, and now has the most explosive offensive system around him.
Throwing touchdowns and launching the ball all over the field have never been his weakness, but this year Winston must cut down on the interceptions. Out of tonight’s performance against the Steelers, it would be wonderful for Winston to leave the game without a turnover.
Seeing Winston show great ball placement at every layer of the field, especially deep would be another element of improvement to watch for in his limited reps he will receive. He is consistently knocked for his deep ball accuracy, so if Winston can complete even one pinpoint throw down the field, he could quiet a ton of outside voices.
Winston is such a polarizing figure for a multitude of reasons, but has yet to live up to the expectations of a former number one overall pick. Many think 2019 could be the year of Jameis, and a strong performance tonight could throw gas on the fire.