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The Maturation Of Jameis Winston

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As the first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Jameis Winston immediately solidified himself, as the franchise quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston finished the season with 4,042 yards, 22 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, a 84.2 passer rating, and a 58.3 completion percentage.

Had it not been for the resiliency of Rams running back Todd Gurley, Winston very well may have been Rookie of the Year.

Regardless, “Famous Jameis” had an impressive rookie campaign. His numbers were reminscent of two notable, former first overall picks.

In 2011, Cam Newton posted a 60.0 percent completion percentage, 4,051 yards, 21 touchdowns, 17 interceptions, and a 84.5 passer rating.

A year later, Andrew Luck posted a 54.1 completion percentage, 4,374 yards, 23 touchdowns, 18 interceptions, and a 76.5 passer rating.

As a rookie, Winston handled pre-snap responsibilities with the option of audibling to a run or pass based on defensive alignments and coverages.

Dirk Koetter did an excellent job of coaching Winston. The Bucs offensive line was subpar to say the least, so he protected him with a heavy dose of “maximum protection” passes.

Enabling his young passer to push the ball downfield to playmakers like Mike Evans. Now, entering his second season, Winston has garnered more pre-snap responsibility.

Winston now has three-play audible packages, in addition to blitz pickups at his disposal. Koetter will also implement more “no huddle”, which is one of his specialties.

It’s also worth noting, that Winston benefited tremendously from the “Dougernaut” Doug Martin. The Boise State product finished second in the NFL, with 1,402 rushing yards. 83 behind rushing champ, Adrian Peterson.

Jameis Winston has all the makings of a franchise quarterback. The physical talent is obvious, but its his intangibles and leadership that can help propel the Buccaneers back to the playoffs.

Jameis is a good communicator at the line, good at the no-huddle, studies like a wild man, and that’s what we love about him,” Koetter says. “I trust my judgment, and I trust the judgment of our coaches. We’re around Jameis every day, and we know what he’s capable of.”

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