Rookie quarterback Jameis Winston had a good game during the Buccaneers first home victory under Lovie Smith, 38-31 over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Big part of the reason for their win was their running game but not many are talking about Winston’s performance.
The rookie signal caller didn’t blow the socks off anyone with his stat line. He finished 13-of-19 for 209 yards and a touchdown and protected the football by not making mistakes. However, he made plays on crucial third downs throughout the game.
Tampa Bay was 5-for-11 on third down conversions and all five conversions were off of Winston’s arm. He was 5-of-7 for 103 yards and a touchdown on third downs. His conversions extended drives which led to two touchdowns and a field goal.
“Anytime you get a victory and don’t turn the ball over it’s a big positive, but it’s just one game, again,” Winston said when asked about his own progress. But he put the team first.
“Obviously, this is big for us to go into the bye week and I still have to get better. We have to still get better as a team but definitely getting a win before our bye week was big for us.”
Winston has come under a lot of criticism for his inconsistencies on third downs. He may have put the majority of that doubt to bed with his play on Sunday.