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Steve Smith on whether he thinks Jameis Winston is Buccaneers’ quarterback of the future: ‘Hell no’

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Former NFL wide receiver Steve Smith does not have very high hopes for Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston.

“You can’t squeeze apple juice out of that lemon,” said Smith when discussing how new Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians can work with Winston.

Smith’s response when asked if Winston could be Tampa Bay’s quarterback of the future? “Hell no.”

Smith is not alone.

Many have even wondered if the Bucs could potentially part ways with Winston this offseason, but there has been no indication that the Buccaneers plan to move forward without him, so it looks like Winston will be the starting signal-caller in September 2019.

Winston played in 11 games in 2018, missing the first three games of the season due to a suspension. He threw for 2,992 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while completing 64.6 percent of his passes and registering a passer rating of 90.2.

The 25-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Florida State University, was originally selected by Tampa Bay with the first overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.

He ended up making the Pro Bowl in his first season after throwing for 4,042 yards, 22 touchdowns and 15 picks, and the following year, Winston finished with 4,090 yards, 28 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.

However, in 2017, Winston played in just 13 games due to a shoulder issue and totaled 3,504 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 picks while completing 63.8 percent of his passes and recording a passer rating of 92.2.

Coupled with off-the-field troubles, many have wondered just how much of a future Winston has in the NFL, but it appears that Arians wants to give him a chance.

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