Predicting Winston's Rookie Year

Bucky Brooks of NFL.com predicts Jameis Winston's rookie season.

Most people are curious how Jameis Winston will play in his rookie season. On one hand, he was the most prepared quarterback in the draft to transition smoothly to the NFL. On the other hand, Winston's unsettling interception total along with a poor Bucs offensive line could lead to big struggles for the rookie.

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks predicted the season for some of the top rookies from the past draft. For Winston, the "best-case scenario" from Brooks is a smooth transition to the NFL. The "worst-case scenario" is a predictable one.

Worst-case scenario: Despite assembling a star-studded lineup on the perimeter, the Buccaneers could see their franchise quarterback get battered and bruised playing behind a leaky offensive line that's breaking in new starters at key positions. If Winston is knocked around early in the season, the former Heisman Trophy winner could struggle with turnovers and poor decision-making, as constant pressure rattles the young passer during his first season.

Brooks would go on to predict 3,100 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions for Winston in his rookie season.

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