From first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft of the Buccaneers, to potential flameout, it appears like the team is set to move on from Jameis Winston.
It appears that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had enough. After seeing four years and six games of the same inconsistency out of quarterback Jameis Winston, reports are surfacing that the pewter and red are set to move on from their former first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
According to Bleacher Report and NFL insider Mike Freeman, both the Bucs and the Tennessee Titans are primed to “reset their sights” at the quarterback position after the 2019 season. Winston and Marcus Mariota, the first and second overall picks from 2015, have both struggled to find any sort of rhythm, both being benched at points in their careers.
Winston, on his third coach in five years, was expected to take a leap in his contract year with the Bucs as quarterback whisperer Bruce Arians took over the reigns in Tampa. Through the first four games, it looked as though Winston had taken strides, but after back-to-back rough outings for the former Florida State Heisman winner, it appears the Bucs have had enough.
This could be seen coming, as the Bucs were spotted at Oregon’s last game, presumably scouting Justin Herbert. It has also been rumored that Arians has taken a liking to LSU quarterback Joe Burrow as well.
It is hard to come back from a game where the ball was turned over six times from your hands, and that is the exact game Winston played against the Carolina Panthers last week. Since coming into the league, Winston leads the league in interceptions in that four-plus year timeframe, a recipe not designed to produce wins.
Unfortunately passing yards and touchdowns do not tell the whole story, as he has also thrown more interceptions than games played in the pewter and red. If this is truly Winston’s last year in Tampa, then he will finish his tenure as the most decorated passer in franchise history.