DeSean Jackson: Jameis Winston just needs to be himself

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DeSean Jackson thinks he has a lot more to offer than he showed in his first year with the Buccaneers.

And he thinks the same can be said for quarterback Jameis Winston.

During an appearance on ESPN’s First Take, Jackson said he thought Winston was often trying to do too much last year, as part of a year that saw the Bucs fall far short of the lofty expectations that were placed on him.

“I think he needs to continue to be what he was that made him be Jameis Winston,” Jackson said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “I think he has to come in there, which he is already doing and just being professional, and just go back to the steps when I was a young kid or I was in high school and just have fun with it. You try to impress and say, “Hey, I want to do this,’ and show them ‘I can do this or show them I can do this or that.’ But you’ve got to kind of get away from that and just going back to playing ball in the yard. How we were playing when we were young. That’s what I tell him. You’ve got to back to getting comfortable and being Jameis Winston who we all know he can be. The past two years, he had 4,000 yards passing so I just stressed onto him, everything, all the intangibles he has everything.

“I’ve seen him play. I’ve seen him on the practice field, he has the leadership. He has everything to be their guy. It’s just going back, have fun and not trying to impress the world. Just be yourself.”

That’s interesting (if not rambling) on a few levels, not the least of which was the way the Bucs flirted with a Jon Gruden reunion before being outbid by the Raiders. Gruden’s notoriously hard on quarterbacks, and Dirk Koetter ended up getting the job in the first place because of his relationship with and ability to maximize the talents of Winston.

But as it pertains to Jackson, it’s clear that his 50 catches for 668 yards and three touchdowns were well short of what anyone imagined when he signed a three-year, $33.5 million contract last offseason. He admitted he was disappointed with the lack of chemistry he found with Winston, and that it was something they were going to continue to work on.

8 responses to “DeSean Jackson: Jameis Winston just needs to be himself

  1. Some of us think that Jameis just makes too many mistakes. Sometimes he looks good but the terrible Tampa Bay season was largely because Jameis regressed. He got DeSean Jackson as a speedy WR. He got the top TE in the Draft. So with additional weapons, why did the team do so poorly when they were expected to compete for a playoff spot? The answer is Jameis. He’s not as great as he’s marketed.

  2. The “eating a W” gag was one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen in the NFL. Jackson’s face was priceless.

  3. That entire draft class of QBs are bad.
    Jameis Winston
    Marcus Mariota
    Brett Hundley
    Bryce Petty

  4. Desean needs to go. Jameis has too many guys to get the ball to; Howard and brate, humphries, Evans, Godwin, plus whoever plays rb for us next year. They practiced all summer, and played a full season and it just didn’t work. Let’s go spend that 10 mil on someone to help protect Winston to give him more time to get the ball out, or whoever we can to help us rush the passer. Yes he holds onto the ball too long, yes he makes bad decisions, yes he throws too many picks and fumbles too much. When we ran the ball well and had a balanced attack, he wasn’t throwing 3 ints in a game. I still feel like we are a good draft and set of free agent additions away from winning the nfc south

  5. This is where the saints made the better move. Tedd ginn provides the same deep threat at 1/3 the cost. Ginn isn’t as exciting name wise nor as comparable with jukes/agility, but i’d much rather have ginn at 1/3 the cost by a large margin.

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