We’re barely into camp for NFL teams, but Jameis Winston has shown enough to already be named the starting QB for the Bucs. Word on the internet was that he had looked very good in minicamp and OTAs. This would confirm that. Gone are the days where highly-regarded rookie QBs have to sit and wait a year.
“Jameis Winston will be our starting quarterback,” Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said Friday. “He’ll take first reps tomorrow. We’re excited about that.”
The news about Winston is a switch from how the Bucs handled the quarterback position in the offseason. Although Winston got some first-team work, third-year pro Mike Glennon often worked with the starters.
But Smith said it’s time to make Winston the starter.
“I would never put a guy in that position if he wasn’t ready for that,” Smith said. “A lot has been said about Jameis and mentors. Jameis doesn’t need a mentor. Jameis is ready to take the reins and go with it.”