Buccaneers QB coach says Jameis Winston ‘improved a ton’ this offseason
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is entering the final year of his deal, so he is running out of chances to show the Buccaneers he can be the team’s quarterback of the future.
However, Buccaneers quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen seems to think big things are in store for Winston in 2019, saying that the fifth-year signal-caller has been working hard this offseason:
“Just, you know, how hard he works and you know how committed he is to it, and just how steady he is,” Christensen said, according to JoeBucsFan.com. “Some guys are up and down and they work hard for periods of time. But this guy really is, the job is more pulling the reins back and saying, ‘Hey, let’s work smarter not longer.’”
Of course, in Winston’s case, it’s not about just working hard anymore; it’s about production, and Christensen says that the 25-year-old has certainly gotten better:
“There’s a great verse in Ecclesiastes I always quote that says, we’re going to not swing the axe harder but we’re going to sharpen the blade. So I think probably with him it’s just almost reeling him in a little bit more than it is trying to get more work out of him,” said Christensen. “So, he’s improved a ton. He’s picked up the system pretty good.”
Winston is coming off of an injury-riddled 2018 campaign in which he played 11 games (nine starts) and threw for 2,992 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while completing 64.6 percent of his passes and posting a passer rating of 90.2.
The former No. 1 overall pick has not played a full 16-game season since 2016, so hopefully, the 2019 campaign is a healthier, more fruitful one for the Florida State product.