The young career of Bucs’ franchise-man, Jameis Winston, has been filled with many questions. With year three coming up next fall for Winston, it’s time where he’s expected to take charge and become an elite QB, as a first-overall pick. But what needs to occur for Winston to take it to the next level?
Front Office Help
The Buccaneers front office has attempted to help their QB, through the draft, plus through free-agency. It hasn’t all gone well for Winston and the team.
Winston could very well ascend in 2017 if he is given another piece or two on the outside. With Tampa Bay picking 19th in the draft this offseason, there are realistic options there for Tampa Bay. Not only in the first round, but potential immediate difference-makers in rounds two and three. A deep threat, opposite of Mike Evans, could very well open up the passing game for the Buccaneers’ offense.
The return of Doug Martin is still up in the air. He was suspended for four games due to the NFL’s drug-policy, but still has three games to serve next season.
JacQuizz Rodgers is a player Tampa Bay needs to seriously consider bringing back onto the roster to begin the season, as he’s familiar with Dirk Koetter’s offense, excelled in it. A combination of Rodgers and Charles Sims could work for the team, but if the team does decide to part ways with Martin, which in my opinion would be premature, they must look elsewhere to see if there is a starting-caliber RB available.
Also, the Bucs’ free agent signing last offseason, J.R. Sweezy, who missed all of last season due to injury, has been cleared to play. Sweezy is a nice asset to the offensive line, who could also allow Winston to push himself into elite status.
Continue To Build Chemistry With Teammates
Jameis Winston is a people’s person. The FSU-man has built a great chemistry throughout the offense. From Mike Evans, Adam Humphries and Cameron Brate, Winston has worked out and become great friends with his weapons.
You could find Winston, Humphries and Brate at Skyway Park in Tampa last season. The trio was there multiple times, according to Cameron Brate.
A clear chemistry emerged. Now going into their third season together, Winston and his weapons need to get on the same page, and push this team into the playoffs.
Also during his first full NFL-offseason, Winston dedicated most of his time to build his body. Slimming down over 20-pounds. Now Winston can be around his teammates, as well as keeping up his body.
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Work On The Mechanics
In his second full NFL offseason, Winston can keep up his fitness, as well as work on his mechanics. Throughout his career, his decision-making and accuracy have been questioned. Now is the time to fix that. From last season, Winston went up from 15 INTs to 18.
Throughout the season, the footwork of Winston, along with his decision-making, was very questionable.
The work ethic of Jameis Winston is not in question, at only 23-years of age, he has many years to perfect his craft. But as the face of the Buccaneers, you must produce sooner, rather than later.
Next Step: Playoffs
Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were one win away from becoming a Wild Card team. If Winston improves, along with help from the organization, the Bucs will not only push themselves into the playoffs this next season, but they could be on the brink of dominating the NFC South.