Winston: Shepard Putting in the Work

Jameis Winston is a big fan of Russell Shepard.

Jameis Winston's refusal to let his game plateau is one of the many things that make him a great quarterback. After Thursday's preseason game, he spoke about the idea of never being fully satisfied, even in the wake of a solid offensive outing. 
"“We’ll never be where we should be because like I said, we’ll never arrive. Our objective is always to get better, but if you look at the box scores, our offense did a good job," Winston said. "It’s just really hard to win games with four turnovers, especially with my fumble being inside the 10 [yard line]. You look at the whole game, the two turnovers that we had on their side of the field, if they don’t get those turnovers inside their own 10-yard line they don’t score.”
 
Without that fumble, Winston's stat line looked pretty darn good after Thursday's contest in Philadelphia, as he went 7-9 for 97 yards and a touchdown before being replaced by Mike Glennon. Another bright spot in Thursday's offensive display was emerging weapon Russell Shepard, who caught Winston's lone touchdown pass. Winston spoke about Shepard's play so far, heaping praise on the wide receiver's abilities.
"It's so amazing because Russell just had a child this offseason. And I told him after the game, I said, ‘You’re playing like you just had a baby boy.’ And if you don’t get that, he has something to play for," Winston said. "Day in and day out, Russell Shepard is out there putting in work, and again he had another chip on his shoulder because that was a team that cut him. That’s why we took emphasis in making sure he scored a touchdown last year against Philly. He just played an amazing game and you just see his work ethic and the things that he [does] is amazing.”
The growing connection between he and Shepard will help spread the ball out more among a whole cast of explosive receivers, opening up better opportunities for everyone. If Shepard can continue cementing himself as a force to be reckoned with, the Bucs' offensive machine could be in store for a huge boost this upcoming season.

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