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Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston is embracing running the football more

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has gotten the starting job back and is now doing whatever he can to help the team win, even if it means running the ball more.

Winston’s legs were a big reason why the Buccaneers won their last game against the Carolina Panthers and it is something he would like to continue to use to his advantage.

“It’s just part of making great decisions,” Winston said, via Eduardo Encina of the Tampa Bay Times. “And making great decisions is a part of winning football games. So as long as we’re doing that as a team, and as long as I’m doing that, we’re going to win. . . .”

“When you’re in man coverage a lot, not many times you have a guy for the quarterback, so in that case, a lane opens up and you pull it down and tuck it and get what you can get.”

Winston ran for 48 yards against the Panthers, including two separate 18-yard runs. Since Winston has started to run more he has also not turned the ball over. In each of the last two games, he hasn’t thrown an interception.

Coach Dirk Koetter said the team isn’t designing plays for Winston to be the leading rusher, but he is happy that it is working.

“We’re not designing it for Jameis to be our leading rusher, but that’s the way it worked out (last week),” Dirk Koetter said.

With the threat of running, it helps open up the passing game and that might be the biggest key for the Bucs’ success to end the season.