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.
Minimal action in win
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
August 17, 2019
Winston completed two of four passes for 24 yards and added five yards on his sole rush in the Buccaneers' 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday.
Winston's time on the field was limited to the opening series for the second straight game, and he helped the Buccaneers reach the Dolphins' 30-yard line until suffering an 11-yard sack on his last play. Winston is likely to see much more extensive action in next week's third preseason tilt against the Browns, but he seems to have a sound grasp of coach Bruce Arians' offense thus far.
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How do Jameis Winston's 2018 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats 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. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • 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.
Bad Pass %
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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Sharp in one drive
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
August 10, 2019
Winston completed five of six passes for 40 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 30-28 preseason loss to the Steelers on Friday. He also gained 10 yards on his sole rush.
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More checkdowns in new system
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
August 7, 2019
Winston is adapting to throwing more checkdown passes to his running backs within coach Bruce Arians' new offense, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "Sometimes checking that ball down is the simple decision," Winston said. "It's about moving the chains. It's about a completion here and a completion there. And that's how you know the game really slows down is when you're able to do that, when it's just second nature."
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Showing solid grasp of new offense
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
July 30, 2019
Winston was praised for his consistency thus far in camp by coach Bruce Arians, who added the quarterback is "right where he needs to be" in mastering the offense, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
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In camp early for QB school
QBTampa Bay Buccaneers
July 23, 2019
Winston arrived at Buccaneers training camp ahead of schedule Monday to participate in a three-day "Quarterback School", Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
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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.
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