Winston’s Fifth Year: Good or Bad?
For Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston this off-season is a different one for him. He recently had his 5th-year option by the Buccaneers and for the team that is a good thing. It gives the Bucs a proven starter when healthy, focused, and under new head coach Bruce Arians’ system he will try to match the one coach who has the tools that could make Winston a possible top ten quarterback if things fall the Buccaneers way.
In addition, the fifth-year option is a little costly, but the Glazers were going to commit to Winston after he has broken a lot of the franchise records as the starting quarterback. During this off-season, Winston has taken a different approach to his development under Arians with him adding more muscle because with his offense the quarterback is normally working on five-seven step drops, which could mean for Winston could take some hits from opposing team’s defense.
Winston was quoted saying, “I’m going to play bigger this year,” while at the Bruce Arians Celebrity Golf Tournament this past weekend. Nevertheless, Arians is not going to worry about the weight gain as long it doesn’t affect Winston’s mobility, which was noted as one of his strengths with his movement in the pocket. Also, Winston gives the Buccaneers the best chance of winning for a starting quarterback as he is entering the final year of his rookie contract and if he does improve and get this team in playoff positioning it could lead to a larger contract after the season.