Jameis Winston quickly realizes NFL has no offseason

AP

In past years, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston spent the time that wasn’t football season playing baseball. This year, he devoted his offseason exclusively to football. And he has learned something.

“The thing about the offseason is you really don’t get an offseason,” Winston told WTSP-TV, via JoeBucsFan.com. “You got to continue to work, continue to prepare. I feel like I’ve got better.”

One of the narratives that point to Winston being more Peyton Manning than Ryan Leaf comes from the reality that he has yet to go all in on football — and that when he does he’ll be even better at football.

Soon, we’ll all find out whether there’s any merit to that concept, starting with Winston starting his regular-season career against the quarterback taken one spot after Winston in the draft, Marcus Mariota of the Titans.

44 responses to “Jameis Winston quickly realizes NFL has no offseason

  1. Hopefully Winston pans out well for the Bucs. I think he could really thrive with the talent around him. If they can improve that O Line Winston and Evans could be an amazing duo for years to come.

  2. aint no free time to steal stuff, sorry Jameis.
    But there is plenty of time to blow your self up on Uncle Sam Day.

  3. How good will he be this season? 25 TDs ? And 8-8 record? That would be pretty solid….

  4. Probably the most underrated factor considering Jameis Winstons draft stock is that he never had a off-season dedicated to football.

    The dude is super talented and never once had an off-season. He’s considered super football intelligent by most scouts, where he be in 2 years after dedicating full time to football.

    Could seriously have Peyton Manning control of the game. Should be a big factor as a Winston has a lot of room for growth where as Mariota has been fully dedicated to football.

    Excited Bucs fan and will accept I may be to close and caught up in the sauce. But who cares… The season is getting started. Optimism… Go Bucs!

  5. Admitettedly, I was in favor of the Bucs drafting Mariota. But, by all accounts, since being drafted Winston has shown himself to be an extremely hard and has consistently been saying all the right things. If he stays on his current course, he could have a nice career. Provided, of course, the Bucs ever find a way to put together an offensive line capable of generating some semblance of a running game.

  6. Gee. Welcome to the real world. You know, where jobs are more than 6 months of the year.

  7. I live in tampa and would like for the Bucs to be good, but i dont see it happening. Jameis has had absolutely elite receivers, runners, lineman and defense to help him out. He wont get all of that on any team in the NFL. When Jameis went down his BACKUP who most ppl cannot name went ahead and beat a very good, RANKED clemson team. Now if a backup can come in and the team still beats a ranked team, then i think that says a lot about the squad around the QB. Basically Jameis was replacable. And he was basically Tim Tebow in college, play mediocre or bad play for 50 mins then play strong the last 10 mins. You cant teach that and its something QB’s need, but we cannot just forget about the first 50 mins of play b/c they were able to lead one or two good drives at the end of the game. Time will tell though.

  8. He spent the entire “offseason” since the draft signed, which is more than Mariota can say.

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    Not sure what difference that makes. They both had the same amount of practice time. Not like either of them were in the building after OTAs.

  9. I feel like Jameis should be a pretty good QB. I think Matt Ryan is sort of his ceiling. But so far he has not shown the maturity to ever realize that potential. Time will tell I suppose. A lot of us do dumb stuff when we’re that young.

    Mariota I think has a higher upside. More physically gifted & still throws with accuracy (according to actual NFL talent evaluators & not PFT posters). But I don’t have to question his maturity.

    However, for both of them. The one thing that can kill a rookie QBs career the fastest is poor coaching & management. And personally, I feel like both of these teams are extremely weak in those areas.

  10. .. Winston is going to be a great one. I think the Bucs finally found the best QB they’ve ever had in the 39 years of the franchise. He may be the Ray Lewis of offense….someone who came into the league with a dark cloud over him, but stayed on the straight and narrow as a pro.

  11. alfresogarciashead,

    For a guy with a typo in a 2-sentence post, you’re awfully curious about the writing abilities of others.

  12. Wonder what “classes” Jameis was enrolled in at FSU

    The normally holier-than-thou sports media doesn’t like to bring up this corruption.

    It would weaken their moral authority.

  13. letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Jul 27, 2015 8:05 AM

    I live in tampa and would like for the Bucs to be good, but i dont see it happening. Jameis has had absolutely elite receivers, runners, lineman and defense to help him out. He wont get all of that on any team in the NFL. When Jameis went down his BACKUP who most ppl cannot name went ahead and beat a very good, RANKED clemson team. Now if a backup can come in and the team still beats a ranked team, then i think that says a lot about the squad around the QB. Basically Jameis was replacable. And he was basically Tim Tebow in college, play mediocre or bad play for 50 mins then play strong the last 10 mins. You cant teach that and its something QB’s need, but we cannot just forget about the first 50 mins of play b/c they were able to lead one or two good drives at the end of the game. Time will tell though.

    **********************************************
    disclaimer – I am an FSU and Bucs fan.

    Apparently you didn’t watch the Clemson game. The offense was completely inept and Clemson easily could’ve won that game had their QB not gotten hurt in the game (watch out for Watson…he will be good). Sean Maguire was absolutely terrible and couldn’t complete a pass except for one drive…when it counted. The D carried that game and to be honest it was probably the only game all season they can say that they did that versus a legitimate challenger.

    It is a fact that he had a lot of talent around him. He will also have a lot of talent around him in TB with two very good WR and a lot of people are picking ASJ to have a big year this year. He has a very good chance of success in TB if the line can keep him upright. He makes the correct reads and throws with anticipation…in other words he is the anti-Josh Freeman.

    I’m excited for the season as I sit here in my Bucco Bruce polo right now, not delusional to think we will be 8-8 though. Its going to be a rough season again, but they will continue to build for 2 years from now when Jameis will be seasoned and ready to make the push.

  14. Winston has tons of potential…but in the NFL “potential” is often a four letter word. The Bucs face a climb getting back to being a competitive team week in and week out. Bucs fans need to temper their expectations and remember that even the best QBs in the game often struggled during their rookie seasons. A 6-10 season this year would be a big improvement and give Tampa Bay fans hope for a possible playoff run in 2016. As for Winston, 20 TDs and 14 or less INTS would be a good start….but I don’t think the Bucs offensive line will give him much help. 18 TDs and 16 INTS is probably more likely.

  15. “starting with Winston starting his regular-season career against the quarterback taken one spot after Winston in the draft, Marcus Mariota of the Titans.”

    So, the 2 worst teams in action against each other. Will they call this the “Black Hole Of Suck Bowl” ?

  16. Wow, the fuse on this bust has already been lit this quickly before the season. Won’t be long now.

  17. Considering these players make millions, they expect an “offseason”? Nice work if you can get it!

  18. Irrespective of questions about his leadership, citizenship or other intangibles, there’s another thing and that’s that he turned the ball over a hell of a lot at FSU. That’s what would be concerning me more than anything if I were a Bucs fan.

  19. There may be no offseason in the NFL, but is there a “free crab legs season”?

    A few years from now, his name will be right along side the likes of JaMarcus Russel and Akili Smith.

  20. dansaysso says:
    Jul 27, 2015 10:06 AM
    when Jameis shines in the NFl everyone calling him a bust will then say “i always knew he would be good”.
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    I won’t judge him after just his rookie season. Mostly because he will probably throw about 28 INT’s, ala Peyton Manning. But, the first two seasons will tell us if he has the maturity to play at the professional level. I doubt whether or not he can handle the fame.

  21. “dansaysso says:
    Jul 27, 2015 10:06 AM

    when Jameis shines in the NFl everyone calling him a bust will then say “i always knew he would be good”.

    Don’t think they need to worry about that.
    He has bust written all over him.

    But with Brooks keeping him in line every day he just might be a smidgen better than expected-but not much.

    It’s hard to take “Punk” out of a kid. Just like no one can fix stupid.

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