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Bucs’ Bruce Arians praises Jameis Winston for ‘consistency’ early in training camp

Bruce Arians, Jameis Winston

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers brought Bruce Arians in at head coach to help turn around the franchise. Above all, Arians was brought in to help Jameis Winston grow as a quarterback.

So far in practice, Bruce Arians has praised Jameis Winston for his “consistency” early in training camp. This is the most important season in Winston’s career so far.

In 2019, Winston is entering the final year of his rookie deal after the team decided to pick up his fifth-year option in 2018. After two solid seasons to begin his career, Winston has struggled to improve as a quarterback for the Buccaneers.

In his rookie season in 2015, Winston showed some promise as he threw for 4,042 yards, 22 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. The turnovers were a glaring issue but at the time, but Winston became the third rookie quarterback in NFL history to throw for 4,000 passing yards. He was also named to the Pro Bowl as a rookie after Tom Brady elected to not play in the game. Winston became the first rookie quarterback in Buccaneers history to be selected.

Over the past two seasons, Winston has gradually declined as a signal-caller. Last season, Winston started in nine games but split the starting duties with Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Believe it or not, Tampa Bay boasted one of best passing offenses in the NFL in 2018, at least statistically, with both of their quarterbacks combining for 5,125 yards and 36 touchdowns.

At the end of last year, Winston ended the 2018 season on a high note. In his last six starts, Winston had 1,811 yards, 13 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Cutting down the turnovers will be a focus of his moving forward.

Winston is in a deciding season with the Buccaneers in 2019. If he can’t improve as a quarterback under Arians, Winston will be trying to salvage his career elsewhere in 2020.