With all the negativity surrounding the Bucs as of late, there has been one constant positive and that is quarterback Jameis Winston.
Tampa Bay’s rookie signal caller won NFL Rookie of the Week for his Week 2 performance against the New Orleans Saints just one week after a poor showing in his first action Week 1. Although he followed up the honors with an average-at-best performance against Houston, the promise hasn’t been lost.
But the Buccaneers potentially discovered a new way to attack defenses with Winston moving forward and veteran receiver Vincent Jackson explained.
“We did a great job [getting the ball out quicker] and our offensive line did a great job handling those guys up front,” Jackson said. “Moving forward I think that was the standard that has been set now for [Jameis Winston] to go ahead and get that ball out and make his reads quickly.”
But the passing game will still need help. Running back Doug Martin has been limited, even when they are within a score. Tampa Bay knows Winston and the passing game’s best friend is a good running game and they are ready to get that phase of the game back on track this Sunday against Carolina.
“We’ll get there,” Martin said. “We went up against a strong defense with Houston. We’re going to get back to running [the ball] well and executing the offense, as a whole, better. This will be the game to show that.”
Regardless of the outcome on Sunday, there will be questions. There always is. But one thing remains constant and that is that Winston has continued to show promise. No questioning that.