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For the first time since 1987, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick and selected former Florida State Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. The area is abuzz with excitement for the Bucs news quarterback, one the fans and the organization hope becomes a franchise quarterback, and can lead the Buccaneers back to the playoffs for the first time since Jon Gruden roamed the sidelines at Raymond James Stadium.
PewterReport.com will chronicle Winston’s practice reports throughout camp, and his performances in the preseason games and during the regular season. Make sure to check back with PewterReport.com daily for our Winston Report.
Winston’s First Drive – Bucs 0, Bengals 0
The Bucs ran the ball four straight times at Minnesota, but came out throwing against the Bengals at home. Winston’s first pass was a 9-yard toss to Doug Martin, followed by a 7-yard pass to fullback Jorvorskie Lane. He moved the chains once again with an 11-yard pass to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Then on second-and-goal from the 1, which was set up by a 30-yard run by Martin, Winston rolls right and dives headfirst for a touchdown to put Tampa Bay up 7-0.
Winston 3-3 for 27 yards with a 1-yard rushing TD
Winston’s Second Drive – Bucs 7, Bengals 0
Winston remained perfect by hitting Vincent Jackson for a 16-yard gain out to the Tampa Bay 31. On the next play, Winston unleashed a bomb to Mike Evans, but the pass was just overthrown. Winston then threw a 17-yard pass to Vincent Jackson, but the receiver was flagged for offensive pass interference. On second-and-30, Winston threw a perfect screen pass to Charles Sims for 14 yards. On third-and-16 from the Tampa Bay 25, Winston threw a strike to tight end Tim Wright, who failed to bring in the catch that would have resulted in a first down.
Winston 2-4 for 30 yards
Winston’s Third Drive – Bucs 7, Bengals 0
Winston’s first pass of the drive went to Louis Murphy for an 8-yard gain. Winston tried to hook up with Evans on a deep pass down the right sideline that was knocked away by Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick. On third down, the rookie quarterback tried to hit Murphy down the field, but the pass was incomplete.
Winston 1-3 for 8 yards
Winston’s Fourth Drive – Bucs 7, Bengals 0
Winston was sacked on second down, but his facemask was grabbed by Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap, so the 15-yard penalty negated the sack. On first-and-10 from the Cincinnati 39, Winston hit tight end Brandon Myers for a gain of eight yards, but the play was called back due to a holding penalty on guard Ali Marpet. On the next play, Winston was on the money with a 22-yard gain down to the 17-yard line. A penalty and a sack backed the Bucs up to the Cincinnati 29 and Winston had his ankle rolled up on the sack, which led to his quicker than expected departure before halftime. His last pass was an incomplete pass to avoid pressure and he drew an intentional grounding penalty.
Winston 2-4 for 25 yards
“I have so much confidence in this kid,” Bucs defensive end George Johnson said. “I think he’s going to have a great year. He’s just so smart. He’s picked up everything fast and he sees things on the field that a veteran sees. It’s a lot of fun playing with him. We work on a lot of things and communicate each and every day in practice and we are going to continue to make big plays. He’s an aggressive guy. He wants to stand there in the pocket. You can see he’s not scared to stand in there and deliver the ball down the field and that’s going to help us this year.”
Winston didn’t want to talk a lot about himself on Monday night, but instead shared the credit with his offensive teammates.
“We’re so blessed to have a guy like Doug (Martin), and the offensive line was blocking their tails off,” Winston said. “So, you really just have to give them a big shout-out because they were blocking for the pass, they were blocking for the run – they were clicking on all cylinders.
“We have so many great weapons and so many great players. You have to be able to be versatile and let everybody touch the rock.”
PewterReport.com Analysis: Winston was done earlier than expected due to an ankle injury he suffered when sacked in the second quarter, and he had a better outing than he did in his first preseason game at Minnesota last week. Winston completed 61.5 percent of his passes, which was an improvement over a week ago, and he started the game on fire, completing his first four passes against the Bengals after misfiring on his first three passes last week against the Vikings. Winston’s two rushing touchdowns in the preseason are tied for the league lead, and the gusto with which he dove into the end zone headfirst for the touchdown really got the home crowd going. Winston’s hot start helped the Bucs record their first home win at Raymond James Stadium since 2013. Make that Raymond Jameis Stadium after tonight.
Winston’s Final Stats: 8-of-13 for 90 yards with no TDs or INTs, 1 carry for 1 yard and a TD
PewterReport.com Preseason Grade: B
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The Offense and the Defense looked better all around. Winston, Martin looked very good, way too many passes dropped however. Defense showed some grit. IF we can play this well in the last two games maybe this will be a fun year to watch them ??
Hey did anyone notice that James Wilder’s son scored a TD for Bengals and converted on a two point try conversion.
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Seat 26: I gave J-Dub junior a little cheer when he entered the game. I was hoping the Bucs would sign him. Runs a little too upright.
What I love about Winston is his swagger. Noticed how the Bengals put their safeties back with Jameis behind center which opened up the running lanes.
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This year is all going to be dependent on the whether the O-line can keep Winston upright and keep the penalties down. Was fun to watch last night!
Seat26 is correct…too many passes dropped and too many penalties on offense. Hopefully, penalties will be reduced in the regular season. I think “number of passes dropped” should be a permanent NFL league statistic when showing “number of passes” and “number of completions” for ALL QBs..
Agreed warren, there have been WAY too many dropped passes so far. Hopefully they clean it up
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