Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston
24-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Out
Injury Suspension
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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.
Not guaranteed starting role upon return
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
Suspension
September 4, 2018
Winston (suspension) isn't guaranteed the starting job upon his Week 4 return in the opinion of general manager Jason Licht, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "[If] Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Griffin, whoever it is, is playing lights out, I don't think it's fair right now just to say, 'Yes, automatically, [Jameis] is going to be the guy,'" Licht said. "Now, he may be. Dirk and I -- Dirk in particular -- he's got some time to think about that."
ANALYSIS
Licht made his comments during the local broadcast of last Thursday's preseason finale against the Jaguars, certainly raising a few eyebrows. Ryan Fitzpatrick faces an uphill battle to give the uncertainty Licht alludes to in his comments further credence, however, considering the veteran quarterback is slated to face three stingy defenses in the Saints, Eagles and Steelers over the guaranteed portion of his starting tenure. Furthermore, Winston is coming off the best preseason of his career, completing 73.0 percent of his 41 attempts for 388 yards while generating a 3:0 TD:INT and 126.9 passer rating across three exhibitions. Coach Dirk Koetter certainly took note, giving Winston an "A" grade for his efforts this summer and noting that his fourth-year quarterback "did a really good job of working on things he needed to work on". Licht's comments aside, it would presumably take a near-elite effort from Fitzpatrick in three especially tough matchups to have a chance at extending his stint under center beyond those contests.
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Snap Counts
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
1123
0
2017
795
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other QBs)

Height:   6' 4"
ABOVE AVERAGE
Weight:   231 lbs
ABOVE AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.97 sec
POOR
Shuttle Time:   4.36 sec
AVERAGE
Cone Drill:   7.16 sec
WEAK
Arm Length:   32.00 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.38 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   29 in
WEAK
Broad Jump:   103 in
POOR
Bench Press:   0 reps
Not Available
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
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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Not suiting up Thursday
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
Suspension
August 30, 2018
Winston won't take the field for Thursday's preseason game versus the Jaguars, Greg Auman of The Athletic Tampa Bay reports.
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Sharp again
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
Suspension
August 24, 2018
Winston (suspension) completed six of 10 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Lions.
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Excels in preseason win
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
Suspension
August 19, 2018
Winston (suspension) completed 13 of 18 passes for 226 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 30-14 preseason win over the Titans on Saturday.
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Razor-sharp with second team in preseason opener
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
Suspension
August 10, 2018
Winston (suspension) entered the game on the Buccaneers' third possession in a 26-24 preseason win over the Dolphins on Thursday. He completed 11 of 13 passes for 102 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
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Takes reps with all three offensive units
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
Suspension
July 26, 2018
Winston (suspension) received reps with all three offensive units during the Buccaneers' first practice of training camp Thursday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
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