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Bucs’ Bruce Arians wants Jameis Winston to improve his decision making

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With Jameis Winston set to hit the free-agent market after this season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have a crucial decision to make that could (and probably will) shape the future of their franchise for the next several years.

In order for the Buccaneers to extend Winston, they are going to need to see more from him, and first-year head coach Bruce Arians wants Winston to show better decision-making skills in particular:

“It’s knowing why the ball is coming out of your hand and knowing when to get rid of it,” Arians told Dan Lucas of WFLA-TV. “You know, we had a screen pass to [Ronald Jones] that broke down; throw it away, all right? We end up getting a fumble. We didn’t lose that fumble. The next one, [Jameis is thinking], ‘I have to make a play.’ Those situations we have to get rid of the bad decisions of when ‘I have to make a play,’ and you hold on too long and get a sack or a fumble. Just get rid of those plays, we’re going to be all right.”

Winston is coming off of a disastrous outing against the Carolina Panthers in which he completed just 30 of his 54 passes for 400 yards, a touchdown and five interceptions. He also fumbled twice during the game, but Tampa Bay recovered both loose balls.

On the season overall, the 25-year-old has thrown for 1,771 yards, 12 touchdowns and 10 picks while completing 60 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 84.9.

Winston has been a major disappointment since being drafted first overall by the Bucs back in 2015.