Bucs thought about pulling Jameis Winston after hit to shoulder

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Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston said it wasn’t the wind that led some of his passes to go seriously awry in Sunday’s 17-3 loss to the Panthers, which means there needs to be another explanation for a lackluster effort as the Bucs slipped to 2-5 on the year.

The easy answer would be the right shoulder injury Winston suffered two weeks ago. He didn’t play poorly against the Bills last weekend, but coach Dirk Koetter said Winston “kind of re-injured” his shoulder in that game and had another limited practice week as a result.

Koetter said he considered the wind to be a major factor in Winston’s 21-of-38 day, but also said he thought about pulling the quarterback after another hit to his shoulder.

“I think the wind was the main factor in the passing game,” Koetter said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “Jameis did take a shot early in the fourth quarter and he was hurting a little bit after that. I thought he might have to come out. But he stayed in. It was on the first play of the drive. He stayed in and we kept going and the game flow went and I haven’t talked to him since on that.”

If Winston’s shoulder isn’t allowing him to throw on important practice days, the question of whether he should be sitting down on Sunday to allow the injury to fully heal will persist. Koetter said Winston’s health is the top priority and they’ll make a “medical decision” to sit him down if it is necessary.

12 responses to “Bucs thought about pulling Jameis Winston after hit to shoulder

  1. Definitely his worst game of the season. First two turnovers are not on him; last one was. Problem with yesterday is that he missed too many open WR’s. When he didn’t miss, he had 2 big 1st down drops by Brate and Evans; Evans tried to one-hand a very catchable TD pass and when they did connect on big plays, 3 of them were called back because of penalties.

    This is just not a good team right now. Nothing really more to say.

  2. As a die hard Tampa Bay fan, please shut down coach Koetter. They didn’t think about pulling the QB after his horribly ineffective first quarter? This is a talent laden team that is consistently underprepared for victory. Being at the game, I got the distinct impression that this team either doesn’t care and/or is thoroughly out-coached. The offense has a serviceable (at the least) Oline, pro bowlers Mike Evans, Doug Martin, and Desean Jackson, coupled with top line TE’s in Cameron Brate and OJ Howard. I know I could coach them to more than 3 points in a critical home game. Gruden anyone?

  3. Hey Buc fans, stop kidding yourself, Winston is playing in the NFL just like he did in college. He is not a great passer. Worse yet, his receivers are probably in the cellar looking at there yards after catch stats.

  4. Winston is playing in the NFL just like he did in college. He is not a great passer. Worse yet, his receivers are probably in the cellar looking at there yards after catch stats.

  5. “Franchise” QB only in Tampa… They try so hard to force guys into the role instead of earn it… The fans, especially, lose their minds even hearing someone suggest they are wrong about whoever is at QB being less than “franchise”…
    Freeman did not pan out… could not even backup anywhere else…. As off as JW is with his throwing, I believe the same will be with him when his story in the NFL is concluded!

  6. They may have a slight chance to get wins against Dolphins and Packers with their QB starters injured… So maybe they get to a 4-12 season…

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