Bucs offensive coordinator compares Jameis Winston to Big Ben

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will enter 2019 not only with a new head coach in Bruce Arians, but with new offensive coordinator, Byron Leftwich.

Having last played in this league as a quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2010-12, Leftwich said he sees “Big Ben-type ability in Jameis Winston” when he observed him playing.

Leftwich continued to pour on the praises of Winston.

“We knew that this kid had a chance to be really, really good.” And now? Leftwich said, per Jenna Laine of ESPN. “That kid can really play.”

The 2019 season marks a pivotal one for Winston as he enters his fifth year with the Buccaneers. While Winston completed a career-best 64.6 percent of his passes in 2018, his total career count of 58 interceptions and 38 fumbles committed in 56 games is just ghastly.

The hope would be Winston continues to improve his accuracy while increasing his touchdowns and cutting back on the turnovers.

If the 25-year-old quarterback cannot thrive under both Arians’ and Leftwich’s coaching, then we are not sure what will help him.