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Buccaneers owner says the Jameis Winston incident is ‘in the past’

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Jameis Winston is entering the final year of his rookie contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. That means it is now or never for him to prove to the organization that he is their franchise quarterback.

Let’s not forget that he was suspended the first three games of last season due to an incident he had with an Arizona Uber driver.

Buccaneers owner Joel Glazer told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times that they are moving forward with Winston and they are looking past his struggles off the field. Winston to them is a “first-class individual” and he’ll have to prove that in the upcoming season.

“That situation is last year. It’s in the past. We’re looking forward, I know he’s looking forward. Our whole staff is looking forward. It’s all eyes forward to next year.’’

In his four years in the NFL, Winston has completed over 61 percent of his passes for 14,628 yards and 88 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 794 yards and nine touchdowns. At times, he has flashed signs of greatness. But he has also been very inconsistent, hence his 21-33 win-loss record.

There is no doubt that the owner of the Buccaneers want to see Winston live up to his potential. He was the No. 1 overall pick in 2015 and he’ll have all the tools this season to succeed.

The Buccaneers hired Bruce Arians to be their head coach, who coached quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, Carson Palmer, and Ben Roethlisberger. He’s called the “quarterback whisperer” for a reason.

With one of the best coaches in the NFL by his side and a top receiver corps including Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, OJ Howard, and Cameron Brate, there is no reason for Winston to fail now.

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