Last month, Mike Evans said it was Jameis Winston’s attitude and dedication that inspired him even more to train over the offseason and come back an improved player.
On Tuesday, another young player echoed a similar endorsement of the second-year quarterback’s leadership.
“When you have a guy like Jameis [Winston] who’s 24/7, ‘Get better, get better at something,’ it forces you, even if you don’t want to – not saying I don’t want to – but even if you don’t want to, to get to that level,” said left tackle Donovan Smith.
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Smith said he and Winston hang out a lot, and he emulates his fellow 2015 draftee’s work habits. While their roles on offense couldn’t be more different, it’s the mindset and commitment to the craft that Smith observes from Winston and tries to apply to his own game.
“It’s about the little details and stuff like that, that I look at and try to fix,” Smith said. “There’s always something I’m looking at, whether it’s punching, my feet, keeping my knee inside on my kick, stuff like that. I definitely do want it – probably [worse] than anybody – to be the best.
“The more you hang around people, the better you get to know them and their tendencies. Even if it’s something like, Jameis takes five steps this way. You know, something that little.”
Smith, who’s entered his second offseason slimmer and in better shape, couldn’t overstate the importance of bonding with teammates. The Bucs have made it a point to build chemistry on and off the field.
“Just being around your teammates, it helps because it makes it that much easier on the field to click,” Smith said. “He’ll know how you play, we’ll know how another person plays and then you’ll tailor what you do and we’ll all fix it and jell together for us as a team to be great.
“Whether it’s going bowling, paintballing – they probably got something coming up next, but just hanging out. We had a cookout last week or something like that, so the more you get around each other it helps on the field a lot.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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Winston’s leadership is contagious. I’m a fan that now lives in Iowa and I ready to follow his lead! Go Bucs!!!!!
As we continue to read these positive articles, it’s easy as a fan to start getting hyped up. Sometimes I have to calm myself down & say to myself IT’S ONLY WORDS! We’ll see how words such as these translate into the season.
Both these guys were great draft choices. Should be around for many years and eventually many playoff runs!
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