Buccaneers’ Winston says he’s focusing on his decision making better

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is in the final year of his rookie contract. New head coach Bruce Arians said he needs to be better with his decision making.

The former No. 1 overall pick agrees with his coach.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston rushing the ball against the Cleveland Browns
Jameis Winston rushing the ball against the Cleveland Browns (Getty Images)

“Be a game manager when I need to,” Winston said to NBC Sports’ Peter King. “Be a playmaker when I need to. Check it down when I need to. Cut my losses and throw the ball away when I need to. It’s part of learning the game — understanding a throwaway is okay. If a defense gets you on a play, it’s okay.”

Arians has said that Winston has seen ‘the light go on.’ Before Arians was hired in the off-season, Winston had 58 career interceptions in 56 games.

The 25-year-old Bessemer, Alabama native has spent the last four seasons with the Buccaneers. He will try to earn a second contract with the team — and no quarterback, who was on a rookie contract, has received a second contract.

In his career, he appeared in 56 games, including 54 starts. He has a 21-33 record as a starting quarterback.

Winston is expected to be the team’s starting quarterback this season, as former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick signed with the Miami Dolphins.

This past season, he went 244 of 378 for 2,992 yards. He also threw 19 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

He has had double-digit interceptions in all four seasons. His highest total was 18 during the 2016 season, while his lowest total was 11 during the 2017 season.

He has appeared in 56 games, including 54 starts. The two games he did not start were during the 2018 season.

Winston has gone 1,183 of 1,922 for 14,628 passing yards. He has also thrown 88 touchdowns and had the aforementioned 58 interceptions.

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