Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston
25-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Winston was suspended the first three games last year, during which time Ryan Fitzpatrick set the NFL on fire. Winston took over when Fitzpatrick inevitably imploded, only to lose the starting job again - after throwing 10 interceptions in four games - for three weeks midseason. After replacing Fitzgerald again in Week 11, Winston finally settled into a nice groove, throwing multiple touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. In that span, he completed 64.3 percent of his passes with 7.9 YPA, 13 touchdowns, four interceptions and three 300-yard games. Winston led the league in average depth of target at 11.3 yards, but his bad pass percentage was fourth highest at 22.8 percent, and his 3.7 INT rate was third highest. That's Winston in a nutshell - a strong arm and aggressive mentality, but prone to mistakes and turnovers. He had 17 turnovers last season (14 INT, 3 fumbles lost), third most in the league despite playing only 11 games. Since he came into the league in 2015, no player has more turnovers than Winston's 76. The Buccaneers led the league in passing under coach Dirk Koetter, but that didn't help him keep his job at season's end. In steps Bruce Arians, who likes to push the ball downfield as much as Koetter. Winston has to learn a new offense, but he should have just as many opportunities to make big plays. Fitzpatrick is gone, so he won't loom over Winston's shoulder again, and the 25-year-old quarterback still has plenty of playmakers between Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $25.35 million contract with the Buccaneers in May of 2015. Buccaneers exercised $20.92 million team option for 2019 in April of 2018.
Wants to play at 250 pounds
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
March 25, 2019
Winston said he will play at 250 pounds in 2019, Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
Winston was 231 pounds at the 2015 combine and has been listed at that same weight throughout his NFL career, though he's looked a bit heavier at times. He'll focus on adding muscle this offseason, perhaps preparing to take more hits under new coach Bruce Arians, who has a reputation for emphasizing downfield passing even if there's a trade-off in terms of sacks or interceptions. It's an approach that should be familiar, as Tampa Bay had the most passing yards (5,125) and interceptions (26) in the league last season. Ryan Fitzpatrick was largely responsible for those drastic numbers, but Winston also contributed by ranking 10th in yards per attempt (7.9) and 31st in interception rate (3.7 percent) out of 33 qualified passers. The Buccaneers have lost Adam Humphries and DeSean Jackson this offseason, but they still retain plenty of firepower with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, O.J. Howard, Cameron Brate (hip) and Breshad Perriman. The 25-year-old quarterback may be looking at his last chance in Tampa Bay, where he's signed through 2019 via the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.
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  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
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Avg Target Depth
11.3 Yds
Sack Rate
Avg Receiver YAC
3.9 Yds
Receiver Drop %
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How do Jameis Winston's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 4"
231 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.97 sec
Shuttle Time
4.36 sec
Cone Drill
7.16 sec
Vertical Jump
28.5 in
Broad Jump
103 in
Hand Length
9.38 in
Arm Length
32.00 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Winston improved his accuracy and efficiency last season, posting career highs in completion percentage and YPA. But his downfield passing is still holding him back from taking that next step, specifically deep throws beyond 30 yards. On attempts of 21-30 yards, Winston ranked 13th in completion percentage with four touchdowns and one interception. On attempts of more than 30 yards, Winston completed just three of 21 passes (14.3 percent), ranking 26th in the league among 29 qualified passers. DeSean Jackson was supposed to help with the downfield game, but he came away with career lows in yards per catch and yards per target. Coach Dirk Koetter seemed to blame Winston this offseason when he said he made a tape of plays where Jackson was open but didn't get the ball. Winston was hampered by a shoulder injury for an uncertain number of weeks before missing three games midseason. When he returned, he posted an 8.7 YPA in the last five games, completing 67.2 percent of his passes and averaging 317 yards per game. Perhaps the shoulder was a bigger deal than he let on. In any event, Winston has plenty of weapons to target, including WR Mike Evans. This year he might even get a running game after the Bucs drafted Ronald Jones II in the second round. But Winston is suspended for the first three games of the season, so he won't get to work within this new reality until Week 4.
Winston turned in another serviceable season, improving marginally from his rookie year. He increased his passing touchdowns by six while giving back five rushing touchdowns. But while 4,000 yards and nearly 30 touchdowns are, of course, noteworthy, Winston needs to improve his accuracy and decision making to reach his potential. His YPA and completion percentage are mediocre at best, and he's thrown 33 picks in two years. He also fumbled 10 times last year, losing six. Specifically, his downfield passing needs work after he posted 9.6 YPA (24th) with six interceptions, third most in the league, on passes more than 20 yards last season. That aspect of his game should at least improve this year with the addition of burner DeSean Jackson, who gives the strong-armed Winston a deep threat he hasn't had. Jackson's speed should also attract more safety help, opening the field for No. 1 receiver Mike Evans and the tight end combo of Cameron Brate and rookie O.J. Howard. Coach Dirk Koetter said this offseason he wants to take advantage of Winston's skills throwing on the run and introduce more designed rollouts for the quarterback. Perhaps that will get him in space to add rushing yards as well. In any event, it's time for Winston to prove he's a franchise quarterback.
The first overall pick in the 2015 draft, Winston put together a fairly impressive rookie season, starting all 16 games for the Buccaneers while joining Andrew Luck and Cam Newton as the only rookies in NFL history to throw for more than 4,000 yards. He also proved to be surprisingly valuable on the ground, with his six rushing TDs second only to Newton's 10 among all quarterbacks, though he only ranked 11th in rushing yards (210). Winston's excellent instincts are his primary asset, as he was sacked just 27 times (tied for 19th in the league) and showed an uncanny knack for keeping plays alive, often using his size to stay upright while waiting for a route to develop. He also possesses a big arm capable of stretching the field, and while the hitch in his delivery does slow his release time, similar QBs such as Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers have worked around mechanical quirks. Winston's decision making could also use some work, but his best chance for improvement in 2016 could come simply through better health in his supporting cast. Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins all missed time with injuries, and if they can stay on the field more consistently Winston's efficiency shouId rise.
The first overall pick in this year's draft, Winston will start from Day 1. He has excellent physical tools — above-average arm strength, a soft touch, elite anticipation. At 6-4, 231, he is strong in the pocket and has already played in a pro-style offense at Florida State, which, the Bucs hope, will hasten his transition to the NFL. Character, of course, is his biggest red flag, and only time will tell on that account. For being the worst team in football last year, the Buccaneers have some impressive offensive weapons, which should help Winston's development. Wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, both 6-5, each surpassed 1,000 yards receiving last year and give Winston big targets downfield and in the red zone. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, another 6-5 target, is expected to have a bigger role this year after being limited by injuries as a rookie. The Buccaneers used their two second-round picks on linemen Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet to revamp an offensive line that allowed 52 sacks last year, third most in the league. Winston should also benefit from the up-tempo offense run by new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, whose teams in Atlanta averaged 631 pass attempts (2nd) and also threw the fourth-most red-zone passes (240) over the last three seasons.
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Ready to work with Leftwich
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
January 21, 2019
New offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich confirmed Winston will be the Buccanners' starting quarterback in 2019, Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Expected to stay in Tampa
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 31, 2018
Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said Winston will be back with the team in 2019, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
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Another 300-yard game to cap season
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 30, 2018
Winston completed 22 of 35 passes for 345 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in the Buccaneers' 34-32 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. He also rushed twice for 23 yards.
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Will be Bucs starter in 2019
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 30, 2018
Winston will return as the Buccaneers' starting quarterback in 2019, according to Adam Schefter on ESPN Sunday Countdown.
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May cede snaps to backup
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
December 27, 2018
Winston may not play all of the Buccaneers' offensive snaps in Week 17 against the Falcons after coach Dirk Koetter said Monday that the team would like to get backup quarterback Ryan Griffin his first NFL regular-season reps in the contest, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "The guy's been here for three years," Koetter said of Griffin. "He's worked his tail off."
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