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Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston falls flat in Week 4 but all is not lost

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By JESSICA KLEINSCHMIDT
FanDuel

Jameis Winston has had a rough rookie season in the NFL. I realize this is the understatement of the year, but hear me out for a moment.

He has a record of 1-3, and is nowhere near mirroring the quarterback who completed 562-of-841 passes for 7,964 yards as well as 65 touchdowns with the Florida State Seminoles.

In his rookie year with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he's doing this.


I know — "he's only a rookie," but Winston cannot seem to connect with his offense game-after-game. Even when it comes to running the ball, the situation only comes about when he realizes what we already know; his throwing ability is lacking.

So we know this much; he cannot throw, and he cannot run the ball.

According to ESPN's Dane Beavers, Winston threw more interceptions in Week 4 than in his first three starts combined; this brings his total interceptions to seven. He was 26-of-43 in passing with 287 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the 37-23 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Last week against the Houston Texans, Winston had Mike Evans putting in a major amount of work. Winston targeted Evans 17 times, and Evans captured seven of them. Evans didn't score, but helped him get a 14.43 yards per reception rating. That's more great news for Evans than Winston, but I'm doing what I can to prove to you that all is not necessarily lost for Tampa Bay fans.

Vincent Jackson may not be a guy most fantasy owners have been heart-eyed emoji over, he certainly proved himself against the Panthers. The 32 year-old caught 10-of-15 targets for 147 yards and you can add a touchdown to those numbers as well. FanDuel lineups may not be fighting over him, but he's always someone to keep in the back of your mind.

Winston's throwing is spotty, and he continues to prove that. He has only passed for 20 times once this season, and even with his offense doing most of the work, you should probably grab some duct tape because Winston is falling apart and we witnessed that in the beginning.

In Week 1 against Tennessee his very first professional pass went for a pick-six. Talk about a bad omen as well as predicting the future. He continued with wobbly throws that couldn't maintain any form of a spiral, and he didn't exactly thrive following that game, if anything, he got worse.

You can keep the shades on, the future isn't looking too bright for Jameis. And as far as the Bucs are concerned, it's easier to fire one guy, than it is 53.

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