New Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston a “Gym Rat” According to Coach Lovie Smith

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Buccaneers head Coach Lovie Smith has had a little over a month to work with his new quarterback, Jameis Winston. Smith said that so far, Winston’s been exactly what the Bucs had hoped for, Joe Kania of Buccaneers.com reports.

“I think in Jameis’ case, for me… I didn’t want a surprise,” Smith said in a one-on-one with Buccaneers.com Senior Writer Scott Smith. “And we haven’t gotten one. I thought he would be a certain way, and that’s what he’s been. All of the positive things you’ve heard about Jameis is what we’ve been able to see. He is very smart. He is a gym rat – football junkie. He does have personality. His glass is half full every day.”

Some of the Bucs’ veterans, including Gerald McCoy and Vincent Jackson, have said that Winston’s been “quiet” and has been playing the role of a normal rookie. But Smith said that he can still see flashes of the passionate leader Winston’s college teammates and coaches described him as.

“He has a lot of confidence in himself and he’s got a way of rallying people where they believe in him and want to be around him,” Smith said. “As a rookie coming in, that can be hard when you come in a veteran locker room but he’s held every situation we’ve put him in well. But for him now, too, it’s about that process and this next phase, what he does between now and training camp and then what he does in training camp, will be important.”

RT Demar Dotson Misses OTA’s Over Contract Situation

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Right tackle Demar Dotson’s absence from the Bucs’ OTA practices this week is contract-related, and while the two sides have been engaged in negotiations on a new deal, his choice to not attend voluntary practices could escalate to a prolonged holdout if a deal isn’t reached, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Dotson, 29, who has started all but one game for the Bucs over the last three seasons, is playing under a three-year extension he signed in spring 2013 — originally a modest three-year, $4.5-million deal. Escalators relating to playing time added $1-million to his base salary in 2014 and 2015 — he is due to make $2.5-millon this year, with the possibility of improving a $1.75-million salary for 2016 to $2.75-million with similar playing time.

That still is below value for a starting NFL right tackle, and giving Dotson a new contract is certainly a possibility, but also sets a precedent for the Bucs and general manager Jason Licht in negotiating a bigger deal to a player with two years left on his contract. The team will also be hesitant to reward a player for using his absence from team activities as leverage for a new contract.

Licht did not have any comment on his absence, citing a team policy of not commenting on contract negotiations, and Dotson’s agent, Greg Hobbs, also declined to comment. Bucs coach Lovie Smith, asked about Dotson’s absence Thursday, only reiterated that workouts are voluntary this week and that he knew where Dotson was.

Bucs QB Winston Ranks 2nd in Jersey Sales in the Month of May

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Jameis Winston may have been the first overall pick in May’s NFL Draft, but he wasn’t able to snag the top spot when it came to NFL Jersey sales last month.

The Bucs QB was second on the list of sales, beaten out only by 2nd overall pick, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota.

The ranking is based on sales on the NFL’s official online store from May 1-May 31.

Perhaps more shocking is that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who is appealing his four-game suspension for his alleged role in Deflategate, finished at No. 3 in jersey sales for the month.

The ranking is surprising not only because it suggests strong support for Brady over the past month, but also because he has been in the same jersey for the past 15 seasons, more than any other player in the top 25 best-selling jerseys in May.

Rounding out to the top 10 were Patriots suspended QB Tom Brady, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.

Here’s the list of the Top 10:

1. Marcus Mariota, Titans
2. Jameis Winston, Buccaneers
3. Tom Brady, Patriots
4. Russell Wilson, Seahawks
5. Odell Beckham Jr., Giants
6. Rob Gronkowski, Patriots
7. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers
8. Dez Bryant, Cowboys
9. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
10. Peyton Manning, Broncos
— Source: NFLShop.com

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Tampa Could Host the Super Bowl in Either 2019 or 2020

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Tampa could be getting the biggest game on Earth again.

The NFL has selected Miami, Tampa, New Orleans and Atlanta as finalists for the 2019 and 2020 Super Bowls, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

All four cities’ bids will go before the owners for a vote next May. The next three Super Bowls are slated for Santa Clara, Houston and Minneapolis.

The city of Tampa last hosted a Super Bowl in 2009 when the Steelers beat the Cardinals 27-23.

Buccaneers Release First TV Spot Featuring First Pick Jameis Winston

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The Buccanners are looking to sell tickets, and they have the first overall pick in the draft for help. The team released their first television spot, and it features first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft – Jameis Winston.

Enjoy!

The Buccaneers will begin the season at home against the Tennessee Titans on September 13th.  it will be Winston against rookie Marcus Mariota (if both begin the season as starters) in what should be a very hyped opening game.  Tickets start at $45 for the game and hotels near Raymond James Stadium on Hipmunk.com have rooms available for as low as $75. You can also save a little money if you want to stay further away from the stadium by staying at a University of Tampa hotel for just $46.

Bucs OC Koetter Says Winston Well Prepared as NFL Rookie QB

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Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter acknowledged what many draft experts were saying about the differences between Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. Winston played in a pro-style offense at Florida State. Mariota ran a spread system at Oregon.

“Even though I love watching spread football on TV, spread football doesn’t necessarily prepare guys the best for the NFL,” Koetter said according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com.

When he was in Tallahassee for Winston’s pro day, Koetter got a look at Florida State’s playbook for a spring practice.

“Florida State was probably installing more stuff per day than we do,” Koetter said. “I’ve known about [Florida State coach] Jimbo Fisher and his style of offense for a long time. They truly do run an NFL-style system. They ask a lot of their guys mentally. Jameis is as well-prepared as most any guy could be right now.”

Winston has had only three practice sessions with the Bucs. He took part in a rookie camp Friday and Saturday and worked with the veterans for the first time Monday. Koetter said the Bucs have thrown a lot at Winston in a hurry. Koetter is happy with the early results, but said there is room for Winston to improve.

“I’m going to quote him: ‘Everything,'” Koetter said. “He’s a rookie. He needs to work on everything and we all do. He’s not alone on that. There’s a lot to learn. It’s like when you go from high school to college and college to pro. The game is faster. The defenses are better, the players are better, the coaches make quick adjustments. There is a lot of volume. He needs to work on everything and the good news is he wants to work on everything.”

Buccaneers’ fans can see Winston play in NFL action as early as the preseason begins on August 15th. Fans from outside the area head to Hipmunk.com for Tampa flights to catch the No. 1 overall pick turn the franchise around. Hipmunk also has hotels near Raymond James Stadium so fans can be seated on game day as fast as possible.

Jameis Winson Pic of Crab Legs Goes Viral – The Real Story Behind It

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It hasn’t been even 24 hours since the NFL Draft last night in Chicago, and already there’s controversy over a photo with first overall pick Jameis Winston and some crab legs.

The issue is the incident over Winston shoplifting crab legs last year while at Florida State, and some fans are irate that the QB would put out a pic with him and the very thing he stole.

Then, there was a rather solid backstory to the incident from former Bucs QB Shaun King about what happened.

Buccaneers Pick QB Jameis Winston First Pick Overall

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The Buccaneers took a chance with the first overall pick on Thursday – taking off the field troubled QB Jameis Winston. He’s the now in the word future for the team – and the club is putting a lot of stock in the future for Winston.

Here’s a scouting report on Winston.

Winston took college football by storm in 2013 as the Heisman Trophy winner while leading Florida State to a National Championship. The redshirt freshman demonstrated a quality arm with well-developed passing ability. Winston completed 67 percent of his passes that season for 4,057 yards with 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. On the ground, he ran for 219 yards with four touchdowns.

Winston completed 65 percent of his passes in 2014 for 3,907 yards with 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He also had three rushing touchdowns. Winston threw more interceptions over 2013, but aside from the Florida game, he had a fine season. Winston illustrated throughout 2014 that he can bring his team back from deficits and pull games out in the fourth quarter. His 26-1 record as a starter is no accident.

As a pocket passer, Winston is extraordinary. He is phenomenal in the pocket and can carve up a defense. Winston has very good field vision and does a superb job of scanning the field while working through his progressions. It is an innate ability that Winston displayed from the very beginning of his tenure as a starter, and it is extremely rare to see in a college quarterback. The tape shows him hang tough in the face of the pass rush, step into throws when he was going to get hit, and move well in the pocket while keeping his eyes downfield. Sources say that Winston has a good football I.Q. and will impress teams in pre-draft meetings.

Winston also has shown great anticipation and timing. For example, even with pressure in his face he would still throw passes before receivers would make their breaks so the ball would hit them between the numbers as soon as they turned around. Those are phenomenal throws for any level of football. Winston also threw some brilliant passes into tight windows to beat good coverage. When plays would break down, Winston would make plays with his feet, and if defenses left him uncovered, he would hurt them on the ground.