Buccaneers’ Bruce Arians says Jameis Winston is progressing nicely in training camp
Jameis Winston is heading into a pivotal season, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ quarterback needs to earn the trust new head coach Bruce Arians if he’s going to be successful in 2019.
Fortunately it seems like the new duo is getting along well, and Arians spoke highly of him after the Bucs’ practice earlier, saying Winston had put together a few strong practices in a row.
“Three in a row I thought he was fantastic, especially down here, saw the blitz, got out, made a touchdown on the last play of the game. He’s progressing nicely,” Arians said, via Greg Auman of The Athletic.
Winston has had a bumpy couple of years between some off-field incidents that resulted in a suspension and inconsistent play on the field. He was benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick multiple times last year, but got a fresh start when Dirk Koetter was fired and replaced by Arians.
Arians is widely regarded as one of the best offensive minds in football, and the organization is hoping he can bring out the best in Winston. The Florida State product is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and 2019 will serve as a tryout of sorts for him.
If he falters and doesn’t deliver on the promise that made him the first overall pick back in 2015, Winston likely won’t be Tampa’s starter next year.
He got thrown a lifeline with Arians, and now he needs to take advantage. Fortunately for Winston he has one of the best group of skill position players in the league, and this Bucs offense has the potential to be really good under Arians’ tutelage.