It’s not every season a team’s rookie quarterback plays like a veteran signal caller. That Bucs have had that in Jameis Winston and his determination to get better each week is the only good thing Tampa Bay has had going for them after playing themselves right out of the playoff race.
Despite a roller coaster month, Winston’s focus remains on the future and bettering his craft for his team. He again alluded to that following their 26-21 loss to the Chicago Bears Sunday afternoon.
“We’ve just got to bounce back. It’s the NFL; sometimes this stuff happens. Obviously, we don’t want it to happen to us, but it happened,” Winston said after the loss. “We’ve got to be accountable and every one of those games, it’s our fault. You can pick two or three plays to say, ‘This could’ve changed the game,’ and that’s what this game comes down to and that comes in my development as a quarterback, especially today – just making the throw. If you want to be great, if you want to have a great team, you’ve got to make every single play count.”
Winston, who finished the game 15 of 29 for 295 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, has struggled recently but never manages to get rattled. He showed that by continuing to make throws in the game following a horrible decision in the red zone that got intercepted. That’s a trait he has carried with him throughout his football playing career and one that the Buccaneers have desperately needed.
As they look ahead to the final week of the 2015 season, Tampa Bay will also have another thing they can look ahead to and that is the continued maturation of Winston for years to come.