While some may say Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston backed into the Pro Bowl due to Tom Brady electing not to go, not many could have predicted the former FSU star would earn a trip to Hawaii in his first season in the NFL, regardless of how he got there.
Even Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht would be hard pressed to admit he thought Winston would be Honolulu bound this early in his career. But Winston is in fact a Pro Bowler, no matter how you look at it, and Licht talked to PewterReport.com exclusively this week during Wednesday’s Senior Bowl practice about Winston’s year overall.
“I’m just very excited for him. It speaks volumes for what he did as a rookie but it also more importantly, and I think he would say the same thing, speaks volumes for what the team did offensively and what Dirk Koetter and Mike Bajakian accomplished with him. Dirk and [George] Warhop and the whole staff, working with what we had as young guys, young receivers, young O-linemen, for our quarterback to get recognized, I think it shows you what young, up-and-coming team we have.”
Winston’s rookie season was far from perfect, but he did complete 312 of his 535 pass attempts for 4,042 yards, and threw for 22 touchdowns while running for six more TDs, becoming just the third rookie in NFL history to throw for over 4,000 yards.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at email@example.com
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But Marcus Mariota is in Hawaii too. His mom is kissing his latest boo boo. Maybe Jameis will get the Mariota family some tickets to the game.
Oh scubog stop, you have me rolling this morning.
Mariota will be a Pro Bowler for many years, in the future. Great talent as is Jameis.
@jme0151~ only if the Titans start drafting/finding some protection for their QB. Mariota is a skilled player but looks like he will always be on the slighter build side which without decent protection,will be what shortens his career…Just dont let him quit til Jaboo gets his revenge…
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