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Jameis’ Journey to N.O

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Jameis Winston and his journey to justification in the NFL after being drafted with the 1st pick in the 2015 draft has been a road of ambivalence. If you ask some people they will say he is a draft bust. I believe that assessment to be ignorant to the whole picture. The whole truth.

I truly believe time will turn that opinion into nothing but a foolish notion. Draft busts don’t lead the league in passing. A season that ranks 8th all-time in yardage. A player who in his first 5 seasons only has one pier in passing yards in NFL history and who in 2019 finished 2nd in TD passes.

Did Tampa just do Steve Young all over again?

Last season in Tampa Bay, Jameis Winston made 20.1 Million. As Tom Brady takes over The Buccaneers offense, Winston was left out in the cold or maybe more suitably he was left out in the heat and then burned by the franchise that drafted him first overall back in 2015.

After a considerable time as an unsigned free agent, Winston signed a 1 year 1.1 million dollar deal to be Drew Brees’ backup in New Orleans.

The Passing and the Picks

Jameis Winston led the NFL with 5,109 yards passing in 2019. The 8th highest total in NFL history. He also led the NFL in interceptions with 30. That has to change for Winston to truly succeed. He is the first quarterback to throw for 30TD and 30INT.

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33 Touchdowns

Jameis finished 2019 with 33 touchdown passes along with the 8th most passing yards in league history and his substandard 30 interceptions. His 33 TD were good for 2nd behind NFL MVP Lamar Miller’s 36. Winston had more pass attempts than any quarterback in the league last year with 626. The Bucs were a team who attempted to run the ball but ultimately the ground game proved to be ineffective.

Some QBs with atleast 30 INT

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Vinny Testaverde

1988: 13TD-35INT

1998: 29TD-7INT

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Ken Stabler

1978: 16TD-30INT

1974: 26TD-12INT

1974 NFL MVP

4x ProBowl

NFL HOF

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Fran Tarkenton

1978: 25TD-32INT

1975: 25TD-13TD

1975 NFL MVP

9x ProBowl

NFL HOF

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Sid Luckman

1947: 24TD-31INT

1943: 28TD-12INT

1943 NFL MVP

5x All-Pro

4x NFL Champion

NFL HOF

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George Blanda

1962: 27TD-42INT

1961: 36TD-22INT

1961 AFL MVP

4x ProBowl

3x AFL Champion

NFL HOF

All of the players above had problems with interceptions during their careers but managed to still create stellar resumes.

Four of the five listed above have won an MVP and are members of Canton’s Hall of Fame.

None of them have thrown for the yardage that Jameis Winston has. In his 3 full seasons he has thrown for over 4,000 yards twice and as mentioned 5,000 this past season.

In his 5 seasons Winston has tossed 121TD-88INT for almost 20,000 yards.

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Will Winston live up to his #1 Pick potential

Jameis Winston will only be 26 years old during the 2020 season. He’s just entering his prime. The 5,000 yards, the 33 touchdowns that were good for 2nd in the NFL last season, and his 61.3 career completion percentage all say he’s living up to top pick status.

The interceptions are stopping him from reaching superstar status. If he cuts the interceptions in half, Jameis is a top 5 quarterback in the NFL.

Winston won 28 games for Tampa. Out of those 28 wins, Jameis manufactured 11 game-winning drives and 7 4th quarter comebacks.

Did You Know?

Ready To have your mind blown

I see it as absolute ignorance when people talk about Jameis Winston as if he’s Ryan Leaf. Jameis is not a bust. Yes, he has thrown alot of picks. Yes that needs to change. When it does “LOOK OUT, MAN”!

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When you think Jameis Winston do you think interceptions, way to many, he sucks? If you do remember he still has thrown 33 more touchdowns to interceptions in his career.

On the list of passing yards for a quarterback in his first 5 seasons Winston is #2 ALL-TIME

Winston has more touchdowns (121) through his first five seasons than Brett Favre (108), Kurt Warner (101), Brady (87) and Brees (80).

Jameis Winston Career Highlights

88

Winston’s detractors can argue he isn’t a NFL caliber starting quarterback. Their argument would be his 88 career interceptions. They’d probably say the yards and Touchdowns don’t matter because of the picks.

I’d say OK but he can fix that. I’d bet it would be easier to cutdown on the turnovers than to take another quarterback and expect him to throw for 5,000 yards. You can’t teach that. You have it or you don’t.

During his Tampa tenure, Winston threw 88 interceptions. SO WHAT! In PEYTON MANNING’s FIRST 5 YEARS HE THREW 100 INTERCEPTIONS. Manning’s 33TD in 2000 was his highest in his first 5 campaigns. That’s the same number of touchdowns as Jameis. Manning also led the NFL in passing yards that season like Winston did in 2019 but he threw for about 600 less yards.

Coaching, experience, and discipline can solve Winston’s problem. You’re not taking a random quarterback and teaching him to throw for 20,000 yards in his first half decade in The NFL.

Jameis is a gunslinger. He attacks and when its crunchtime in the biggest moments, he’s clutch. It’s where he wants to be. He see’s himself as an all-time great and you won’t convince him otherwise. He wants to change your opinion of him. He’s out to make you see him the way he sees himself and he’s one facet of the game away from making everyone do exactly that.

I’m going to be the best. That’s bar none. You better check your sheet.” 
Jameis Winston on if he fixes his Turnover troubles

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“I know what I’m worth,” Winston tells B/R by phone from Alabama. “And I know day in and day out, without publicly coming in and saying it, that historically I’m one of the best quarterbacks to play the game.”

2013: The Unconquered

Day 1 Vs. Pittsburgh

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On Labor Day 2013 Jameis Winston started his first game as a Florida State Seminole. He didn’t throw any interceptions in that game. He did have more touchdown passes than incompletions though.

Jameis started 27 games during his tenure in Tallahassee. He was victorious in the first 26 of those contests. This Garnered the quarterback All-American honors and most of the awards that he was eligable to win including the Heisman Trophy.

Winston and FSU went into the last BCS title game undefeated and unchallenged throughout the 2013 regular season. With the championship on the line The Noles found themselves down 21-3 with 4 minutes left in the 2nd Quarter . Jameis was facing his first adversity as a collegiate player on the biggest of stages.

Jameis showed what he was made of and led Florida State back, only to lose the lead in the final minute of play. This was when Jameis drove his team down the field. With FSU down four points and needing a touchdown, Winston connected with Kelvin Benjamin for the championship winning touchdown with 17 seconds left. These points that secured a National Championship also made Florida State the most prolific offense points wise in NCAA history.

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Jameis the Great-Undefeated Florida State

No college or pro quarterback other than Jameis Winston ever brought his team back from a 3 score deficit, only to lose the lead and answer in seconds. Under the pressure of having to drive 80 yards to win the championship, Jameis didn’t get lucky on a hail mary. He went 6-7 in a 1:06, 80 yards to the title.

No college or pro quarterback has ever done that with that little time left needing a touchdown.

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40 TD-10 INT

In that 2013 Championship season that garnered Winston a Heisman Trophy, he passed for 40 touchdowns and only threw 10 interceptions for 4,057 yards.

I know it’s college and not The NFL but Winston is talented enough to make the transition. He’s proven it in every other dimension of the pro game.

Now he just has to protect the ball.

The Hunger to be Great-Jameis the Great

Winston has had lasik surgery and dropped 20 pounds since the end of last season. He also played through a broken thumb on his throwing hand and had his knee worked on.

With Sean Payton and Drew Brees offensive wisdom and tutelage I believe Jameis will be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL within a couple of years.

He’s already at the top in passing yards and touchdowns. Throughout the NFL’s history only Peyton Manning can say he threw for more yards than Jameis Winston in his first 5 years as a pro.

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Jameis will be out to prove everyone wrong who thinks he’s not worthy of where he was drafted back in 2015. Jameis has that Jordan personality. The I can’t do it, OK. Now watch as I do it.

The only question is will Jameis shine as a New Orleans Saints quarterback or will his ascendance to stardom happen elsewhere.

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Jameis’ Journey to Justification via @PhillyWhat
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