Jameis Winston, quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cutting down on his mistakes. If there’s any criticism we can throw Winston’s way after two tremendous seasons it’s that he still makes the bad pass. He still struggles with reads. And he’s still late with some of his throws. That might work at Florida State. But throwing late and to the outside in the NFL is a recipe for disaster.
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— Justis Mosqueda (@JuMosq) December 20, 2016
Outside of that, Winston has more than proven himself to be a franchise-caliber quarterback. Last season saw him put up nearly 4,100 passing yards with 28 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. And after being picked eight times in his first four games, Winston threw just 10 interceptions in his final 12 outings.
Tampa Bay also did a tremendous job finding this young signal caller even more talent on offense — potentially leading to championship contention in the NFC South. It started with the signing of DeSean Jackson to team up with No. 1 receiver Mike Evans on the outside. It then continued with the pick of former Alabama tight end O.J. Howard in the first round of April’s draft. These are two huge additions for Winston in the passing game and should help him take that next step in 2017.
As much as it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Tampa Bay challenge for the NFC South title in 2017, the onus is on Winston to up his game. Everything seems to be in place for that to happen. Look for him to do just that.