“How’s Winston looking?”
That was the question of the day among many curious fans on Sunday for the Bucs second practice of training camp. At first it seemed as if rookie quarterback Jameis Winston was all over the place. There were some passes that were too high, others too low and he tried to lead wide receiver Vincent Jackson so much on one pass attempt that the veteran didn’t even make an attempt at catching the ball. It was safe to assume at the moment that the first overall draft pick was going to have a rough afternoon.
But as the day went on, it was clear that Winston wasn’t all over the place. He was actually placing the ball where only his receivers were able to put a hand on it. With every incomplete pass, it was clear the ball placement was amazingly perfect. Two passes in the end zone — one to Robert Herron and the other to Mike Evans — were put in a spot where only the receivers could get it. Neither cam down with it.
While some viewed his practice performance as shaky, head coach Lovie Smith was impressed with what Winston was able to do.
“I thought he had a good first day,” Smith said. “You can’t ask for a whole lot more from a rookie, his first true practice outside.”
There will be some growing pains. But the success will result outweigh the trials he will experience.
Why all the optimism? Because he is already making NFL-type throws, just like the ones scouts and many others raved about while he was at Florida State. An example of one can be seen here.
Winston and the Buccaneers will hit the practice fields of One Buc Place Monday afternoon for Day 3 of training camp. You can expect more of the same from Winston then.