Questions remain regarding whether quarterback Jameis Winston will thrive at the next level. But there should be no questions about his confidence.
Winston displayed that confidence after Tuesday’s Pro Day workout, in response to a question from Paul Burmeister of NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk.
“On Saturdays, right there on that field, you knew if you won or lost. Right here, it’s a little bit more difficult to tell. Would you call today a win or a loss for you?” Burmeister said.
“It was difficult to tell if I won?” a perplexed Winston said.
“I thought it looked good,” Burmeister said.
“I know it looked good,” Winston said. “I know that looked good. If that was bad, I want to see everybody else Pro Day and I want me and you to sit down and watch what everybody else did and then watch what I did.”
Winston’s Pro Day was far from perfect. He was grossly inaccurate with at least one swing pass that should have been easily on the numbers, given that he was throwing against air (and, at times, against broom). But Winston sees it as perfect, or at a minimum as at least as good as anyone else’s.
That confidence can’t hurt him. Still, it’ll be interesting to see how he deals with the inevitable adversity that every NFL player faces, at some point. What will he say after throwing four interceptions and losing by 20? How will he react to a three-game losing streak?
As with every other draft pick who ever was drafted, we won’t know how he’ll handle the next level until he gets there.