This is it. It’s put up or shut up time for Jameis Winston. This year, Winston needs to prove that he is still worth the investment that Jason Licht and the rest of the Buccaneers front office staff made when they selected him with the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Next year, Winston is due for a big contract extension with the Bucs, but first, he needs to earn it.
I believe that Winston has not yet hit his ceiling and that he still has a ton of potential to be great. During the first two years (out of four, all with the Bucs) of Winston’s brief NFL career, Winston threw for 4,000+ yards and 20+ touchdowns in 2015 and 2016. Since then, he has regressed, but I believe most of that can be put on the previous coaching regimes. Winston still has to work on not forcing the issue and turning the ball over, but I think he will get much better in that aspect. If Winston can return to form of his 2015 and 2016 seasons, watch out!
Bruce Arians is the right man for the job when it comes to bringing the best out in Winston. Arians is known as ‘the quarterback whisperer’ because he has coached notable quarterbacks such as Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, Carson Palmer, and Andrew Luck, all of have had or are still having great success in the NFL.
If Arians is able to get Winston to have the same level of success or close to the same level of success as some of the legends of the game, bingo.
I’m excited for the season! Go Bucs! Raise the flag and fire the cannons!