Jameis Watch: “Top Target,” Says Ex-Bucs QB

November 2nd, 2014

JameisCrab-legs-stealing, BB-gun-shooting, obscenity-hollering, Heisman-Trophy-winning, national champion James Winston, the pride of Florida State University, continues to look like a much better quarterback prospect than Mike Glennon and Josh McCown.

It’s Joe’s regular nugget on the Jameis Watch, today featuring a former Bucs QB.

Shaun King, one of three QBs to the lead the Bucs to the NFC title game, now an analyst for Yahoo! Sports and NBC Sports Network, says Winston should be the “top target” of Tampa Bay.

King has thrown in the towel on the 2015 starting prospects for Glennon or McCown.

“I definitely think Tampa’s in the market for a quarterback in the draft,” King said on WDAE-AM 620 this Thursday.

However, King said if the Bucs don’t have a pick high enough to draft Winston, then he would advise the Bucs not to reach for the next QB.

“I still think the roster is so incomplete you have to take best available,” King said. “I don’t think you reach for the next quarterback unless you love him.”

For those wondering, King pounded his drum last offseason for Teddy Bridgewater, who King believed was the top NFL prospect. King was adamant Johnny Football was not a first-round talent.

You can listen to all of King’s take below, via WDAE-AM 620.

28 Responses to “Jameis Watch: “Top Target,” Says Ex-Bucs QB”

  1. johnnytheMOON Says:

    If the Bucs would of listened to KING , we would be in Cap Hell with Freemans 100 Million Dollar contract …I agree though if we are at the top of the draft take a QB but dont reach …

  2. Luther Says:

    I would take Mariota over Winston but I would be happy with either of them. With the Bucs history, I just know they will win just enough games to get neither, draft a tackle or the “right guy” becomes a bust and wins a Superbowl somewhere else.

  3. bucrightoff Says:

    The only advice I want from Shaun King is how to double in size after you retire. But yeah he wanted Freeman locked up long term which would have been a death sentence to this franchise. If you think things are bad now how bad would they be with a drug addicted QB who is a moron and has like $60 million in dead cap space? Yeesh.

    You can hate Schiano all you want, he saved us big time by not buying into Freeman. We’d be in substantially worse shape otherwise.

  4. Jarret Reddicliffe Says:

    I’m all for getting a new QB cause I am not a Glennon fan at all. Keep McCown as a mentor for new season but I would love to see MARIOTA in a Bucs jersey instead of Winston.

  5. Kingpin1 Says:

    Why do you keep doing it Joe? Enough with the THUG watch!!!!

  6. ddneast Says:

    You and I agree on very few things Bucrightoff, but three places where we do agree are:

    1. Shaun King is fat, was given a golden opportunity to start and was put on the bench cause he didn’t work hard enough.
    2. Josh Freeman was another QB who had the same opportunity who folded like a cheap tent when a little competition was thrown his way. Drank his way out of a job.
    3. Schiano was dead right when assessing Freeman’s abilities and for finally cutting him despite what beer goggled eyed Steve Duemig will die believing.

  7. Christopher Says:

    Joe forgot the “doesn’t take a women’s no for an answer ” in the description.

  8. Nick B Says:

    I find it comical that King just flat out dismisses Mariota. He is my personal preference but honesty if next May I’m looking at Winston as the Bucs new QB I wouldn’t be disappointed at all. NFL teams need franchise QBs to thrive consistently and I’m kind of sick and tired of the medicority at the most important position for the Bucs

  9. ddneast Says:

    Be wary of these read option QB’s. NFL coordinators are starting to figure them out.
    They all start out with a bang but after two or three years, they seem to digress.
    Cam Newton, RG 3, Seahawks and 49ers QB aren’t having the type of years this year they have had in the past.
    Watch the defenses that play against them this year. Most have slowed down the pass rush on the edges to keep them from breaking containment and forcing them to throw from the pocket.
    Add to that factor is after being in the league a couple years, they have learned it hurts more when you get hit in the NFL so they are not so inclined to run.

  10. bigpoppabuc Says:

    Winston is very overrated imo. Questionable arm strength and decision making. He’s played on a very stacked and well coached Noles team. He’s a locker room time bomb. All of these question marks make him a high risk number one pick. Kind of a Cam Newton 2.0 but with less athleticism and arm.
    I say build the O-line so we can truly evaluate our current QB.

  11. David Says:

    Who holds the all time bucs record in TD’S? That’s right, Freeman. Now I’m not a Freemanite or anything but, the guy wasn’t all bad obviously. My opinion is, i like both qb’s but Marota plays in the spread offense and most times those types of qb’s don’t pan out in NFL.

  12. King Diamond Says:

    @ big poppa
    I want what you’re smoking.

  13. Bucanole Says:

    @bigpoppa…you’re insane…dudes got a cannon and the locker room loves him. Put down the pipe, it’s early.

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    I say…oh never mind you know already.

  15. NJBucsFan Says:

    Fat QBs need to stick together

  16. Buccfan37 Says:

    Winston might be as good as many of you are saying. If he is that good, what’s to stop a team already set at QB and near winless after the season from taking him anyway and using him or their recently previously drafted starter as trade bait. Maybe the Raiders, Jags or Jets like Winston better than who they have. Or another team for that matter. A team willing to trade away a lot to pick Winston early. Would the Bucs be willing to give up multiple picks for Winston if they don’t pick first?

  17. Skyline Crew Says:

    Good thing we didn’t take Bridgewater.

  18. 77 bassguitarist Says:

    Its hundley for me

  19. ihateloviesmith Says:

    we need to draft a winning head coach!

  20. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Dak Prescott is better than both Jameis and Marcus. Let’s draft #15! He’s like that other #15 with a far better arm.

    If Prescott doesn’t come out this year then stock up on lineman for when he does graduate after next season.

    As an aside to Gator fans…I’m curious. Did yesterday satisfy you? Or does Muschamp still have to beat FSU to save his bacon. Any of you know if some prominent (read very wealthy) have been to Starkville to lure Mullen back to Gainesville. If Mullen leaves MSU I suspect Prescott will come out this year unless he comes close to winning the Heisman and National Championship. Then he may hang around for his senior year in an attempt to pull it off.

  21. "TheKevin" Says:


    I love all you experts that predict hall of famers before the even get into the NFL! Lol. 90 percent are busts and that’s facts people. But you all come in here and proclaim how great they are as if you know anything about how they will perform against real defenses and players that can knock your head off.

    None of you know if Winston or any of them will be any good. But it sure is funny listening to you all act like your sooooooooo sure lol

  22. Buccfan37 Says:

    I watched the Gators beat the Bulldogs yesterday and enjoyed the win. Will they beat the Seminoles, I don’t think so but it could be close. Muschamp will probably get another year, imo. Upset FSU and he will be back.

  23. Bucamania Says:

    Winston. Easy decision if you want the best player in the draft.

  24. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Agree with you Bucsfan. If Muschamp can somehow engineer and upset against FSU then he gets another year…unless the ole ball coach brings Carolina to the swamp and puts and whipping on the Gators that is just embarrassing.

    I’m not sure how badly Muschamp sucks. He hasn’t had a QB yet.

    I’m not really a Gator or Nole fan. Since my school sucks at football I tend to be a generic Florida fan and a front runner of bandwagoner. That makes me a Noles fan this year. However if the Noles lose before facing the Gators and fall from championship contention then I’ll probably go with the underdog Gators. For some reason most of my friends and professional acquaintances are Florida grads and I feel their pain.

  25. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    Don’t want Mark Sanchez i mean Mariota clone, Winston is the man. I do think however, that this team will win just enough games to get out of the top 3 picks. If the Bucs start winning then ball out and win every game here on out. If not then lose out or win 1 more game at least and grab Winston in the Draft.

  26. Jerry Says:

    Do it and watch him fail too.

    No one is going to succeed until the Bucs start winning the war in the trenches.

    Those are not sexy guys to add to your team. But linemen is who wins you football games.

  27. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    Tom Brady was an accident for belicheat but everyone new that Peyton Manning was the tryth. Everyone new that Luck was the truth, everyone new RG3 was the truth(just fragile). Everyone knows that Winston is the truth but his off the field baggage leaves something to be desired. You are taking a gamble on any other QB. If the Bucs can’t get Winston the get as many draft picks as possible and draft BPA every round. The Raiders will not pick a QB because Carr is the real deal don’t know about Bortles yet. I want to see this Bucs team succede with Lovie as coach and if they lose to the Browns today I would like to see them lose the rest of the way for the good of the team. Maybe beat the Bears this season.

  28. Jarret Reddicliffe Says:

    @thekevin. I think u are an idiot.