This season the Buccaneers decided to part ways with Jameis Winston, but was that the right call? Here are some reasons why Jameis should still be on the roster.
There’s no doubt that Jameis Winston will go on as one of the most talked-about “what-if” players in the Buccaneers franchise for years to come. As the Bucs parted with their formal 2015 number one draft pick, they also signed Brady for the next two seasons.
Bucs head coach Bruce Arias has a reputation for helping talented players that just haven’t been able to put all the pieces together. But after just one year, Arians cuts ties with Jameis. The question is why?
For his entire career, Jameis has been under a microscope, college included. While in college, Winston won a Heisman Trophy and NCAA championship, becoming a college football legend. It’s not surprise he was thrown into the NFL with high expectations, but many forget about his promising rookie season where he through for over 4,000 yards, 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. But after his rookie season, Jameis wasn’t given much to work with. He had three different head coaches, including three different offenses to learn over just five seasons.
While Winston had another promising season in his second year, with more than 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns, him and the Buccaneers started to regress drastically in his 3rd year. And at the start of Winston’s fourth year, he was suspended for the first three games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. That’s when Ryan Fitzpatrick came along with his Fitzmagic, giving the fans some much needed wins and long-lost excitement.
Finally, during the 2019 season Jameis produced an exciting but unpredictable performance with more than 5,000 yards, 33 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. This marked the end of his time with the Buccaneers.
Throughout the season, Arians often mentioned that the majority of the issues came from Winston knowing the offense and running it correctly, while the rest of the team lagged behind.
All this gets you thinking, if Jameis was willing to take a pay cut and play as a backup for Drew Brees, why couldn’t he stay in Tampa and do the same for Tom Brady?