NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks of NFL.com published a story on Monday projecting the kind of seasons the highest drafted skill-position players would have during their rookie year in 2015.
Starting with No. 1 overall Jameis Winston, Brooks writes that the best-case scenario would be for the Florida State product to step in and command Dirk Koetter’s offense from Day 1. He alludes to Winston’s three 6-foot-5 targets – Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans and Austin Seferian-Jenkins – as reason the young QB could lead the Buccaneers to a much-improved 8-8 record in 2015.
As far as worst-case scenario, Brooks refers to the obvious – poor protection from a shaky offensive line. The five-man front was arguably the worst unit on the 2-14 team last season, and although the front office added two second-round draft picks in Donavan Smith and Ali Marpet, in addition to gaining confidence in returning veterans like Logan Mankins and Evan Smith, the offensive line is still largely unproven. Not to mention they’re still currently without right tackle, Demar Dotson, who’s holding out for a new contract.
For his final projection regarding Winston’s stats, Brooks has the former Heisman Trophy winner throwing for 3,100 yards with 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions during his rookie campaign in 2015.
To read Brooks’ opinion on No. 2 overall Marcus Mariota, or first-round running backs Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon, or Tampa native Nelson Agholor, among others, click here.
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I THINK THIS IS A FAIR comments from Mr.Brooks.WOULD IT BE THAT TAMPA GOES ONE STEP FARTHER-MAKES THE PLAYOFFS! WHY NOT?
Baring injury, Winston will be playing nearly every snap of every game, even last year with the disaster that was the Bucs QBs and no offensive coordinator they still threw for more yards than that. Personally I think the number will be closer to 3800 yards passing, but with more INTs, somewhere in the mid-20s. I think the passing TDs is probably around the same. Doesn’t mean Winston will have a bad year, but he’s a rookie gunslinger, and they turn the ball over. If they don’t want Winston to be a gunslinger than they should have just stuck with Glennon. Winston will turn the ball over and make some terrible plays, but I think on the whole he’ll make more good plays and will show a lot of progress and hope.
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