Bucs are fine with Jameis Winston gaining weight, if it’s good weight

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Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston raised some eyebrows when he said he wants to play at 250 pounds this season. Winston has been chubby at times, and 250 sounds awfully heavy for his frame.

But the Bucs’ brass says there’s no problem with Winston packing on the pounds, as long as he’s doing it more in the weight room than in the kitchen.

New Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians said that Winston might be able to withstand more hits if he’s a little heavier than the 231 pounds he weighed when he entered the NFL.

“I mean whatever he feels comfortable at without bad weight, stuff that will hurt your scrambling or hurts your mobility,’’ Arians told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “It sure helps when they try to sack you.’’

Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht agreed, saying Winston is training this offseason to withstand what could be a tough year in a new offense.

“It’s good weight, first of all,’’ Licht said. “And in Bruce’s offense, sitting in the pocket, you’re going to take some hits. . . . So you want to put some armor on. I still think that he’s going to be mobile. . . . I think it actually could be helpful in that way.’’

Although it sounds a little strange that Winston could weigh 15 pounds more than Cam Newton, Winston and the Bucs are on the same page. They think 250 pounds is a good weight for him to be.

23 responses to “Bucs are fine with Jameis Winston gaining weight, if it’s good weight

  1. He never had any mobility anyways, so this probably won’t affect him. As long as it’s muscle he should be fine, maybe he break more tackles in the pocket and improve arm strength a bit.

  2. Winston has never been what I call a fast, nimble QB. When he scrambles, he has a hard time runaway from the pursuit. To me it seems he want to become another Big Ben Rothelsburger. Ben weight is something like 250 lbs. Ben’s hard for a single lineman to bring down. Maybe that’s what Winston has in mind. Winston’s new OC wasn’t a small QB either. Hopefully a bigger Winston, will be a better, smarter Winston.

  3. SundaySwamiSaysDontDisagreeWithPftOrYourCommentWontBePosted says:
    March 25, 2019 at 11:51 am
    SWFLPC.INC says:

    March 25, 2019 at 11:47 am

    They should be more concerned that he somehow learn to read a defense
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    I doubt your going to make him smarter so you work on other facets to improve his game. Seems common sense, I guess you should be more concerned with that than Winston reason a defense.

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    Common sense would dictate that if a QB cannot read a defense then it’s time for the team to move on. Working on “other facets” if his game are tantamount to re-arranging the deck chairs after the Titanic hit the iceberg. If the Bucs truly believe Winston is not “intelligent” enough to learn how to read NFL defenses then they should unload him and draft someone who can

  4. He will be a younger version of Big Ben. Too bad he doesn’t have a great defense to carry him to 2 SBs like Big Ben.

  5. The only problem is they’re not going to really know if it’s good weight or not until they see him. At which time it’ll be tough to do much about if it turns out to be bad weight. Given he’s never been exactly a workout king the odds of bad weight are pretty high.

  6. Lets think this one out. Jameis currently stands in the pocket for 3 seconds but he can’t fully understand the defense scheme before a defender drags him down.. Now if he gains more weight, MAYBE he can stand in the pocket for 2 more seconds and that maybe all the time he needs to correctly find the open reciever. It’s my ONLY guess why gaining weight makes the least bit of sense.

  7. Let’s remember who their OC is. Byron Leftwich always played with extra girth. It didn’t prevent him from playing several seasons as a perennially mediocre QB.

  8. It’s pretty clear by now Winston has a hard time reading defenses; however, that’s not necessarily intelligence as it is the ability to see things and react quickly. It worked for Bradshaw and Favre and they were hardly Rhodes scholars. It just seems that Winston lacks that quick tick reaction time under pressure, and gaining weight sure as hell won’t help that.

  9. Yeah Winston reads a Defense about as well as Tannehill did – both were starters in this League for way too long…at least one will hold a clipboard for a bit!

  10. firstdownbrowns says:
    March 25, 2019 at 12:21 pm
    still think they take a QB with that high pick.
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    The Bucs are notorious for playing bad qbs far to long… They should draft a qb with that high pick but they won’t and they will let JWs contract bankrupt their future while he continues to disappoint…

  11. SWFLPC.INC says:

    March 25, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    SundaySwamiSaysDontDisagreeWithPftOrYourCommentWontBePosted says:
    March 25, 2019 at 11:51 am
    SWFLPC.INC says:

    March 25, 2019 at 11:47 am

    They should be more concerned that he somehow learn to read a defense
    ——-
    I doubt your going to make him smarter so you work on other facets to improve his game. Seems common sense, I guess you should be more concerned with that than Winston reason a defense.

    ———-

    Common sense would dictate that if a QB cannot read a defense then it’s time for the team to move on. Working on “other facets” if his game are tantamount to re-arranging the deck chairs after the Titanic hit the iceberg. If the Bucs truly believe Winston is not “intelligent” enough to learn how to read NFL defenses then they should unload him and draft someone who can
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    Your acting like Winston can’t read ANY defense. He wouldn’t be starting if that were the case but the point is he’s not going to be Brady or Manning dissecting each and every defense. That’s not going to change. He’s going to misread defenses at times and of course you try to minimize that but you maximize his other assets in the hope it offsets his other deficiencies.

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