Jameis Winston’s “Veteran Aura”

October 16th, 2015
Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers

America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, is just a 21-year-old rookie, but he doesn’t act like one, and his teammates don’t treat him like one.

Bucs general manager Jason Licht hopped on SiriusXM NFL Radio this week and was asked by Bruce Murray and former Super Bowl quarterback Rich Gannon to talk about how well Jameis bounced back after four picks and a fumble against Carolina, and about how he’s growing off the field.

Licht painted Jameis as the straw that stirs the drink, the heart of the lion.

“He’s just an ultra competitor, and everybody had his back [after Carolina]. These guys love playing for him,” Licht said of Jameis. “This offense has an edge to it, in terms of toughness, and it starts with him. I mean, they just love blocking for him. They love playing with him. And he’s got a veteran, you know, just a veteran aura about him on the sidelines. That’s really tough to find, as you guys know.”

Strong take there from the GM, and Joe’s heard similar things, and felt that vibe among most Buccaneers.

Gerald McCoy may insist that Jameis act like a rookie, but Jameis can’t help but lead and impose his will and personality.

As Jameis said, he’ll be top dog on the Bucs soon.

18 Responses to “Jameis Winston’s “Veteran Aura””

  1. Brett Says:

    Correction… everyone except Evan Smith treats him like a veteran.

  2. Supersam Says:

    Translation. He’s the guy we drafted so we’re stuck him him and I’m gonna talk him up any chance I get to save mine and Lovies A$$ also known as “Career”.

  3. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:


    They didn’t pick who I wanted so I will continue to be critical any chance I get.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I don’t disagree that Jameis acts like a veteran….however, I’m sure others like Bridgewater, Carr, Mariota & Bortles….all drafted high…..have many of the same qualities.

  5. ndog Says:

    Love and Warrick Dunn that is awesome and 100% true.

  6. LargoBuc Says:

    Its ctazy how bitter some people on here are after picking Winston over Mariota. Winston looked good last week, and not even stat wise. His footing was good. His throwing potion was quicker. If he can build every week, and mix good mechanics with his NFL arm and work ethic, I think we have our qb.

  7. Erik with Clean Athletics Says:

    I need me some of that throwing potion ^. It sounds awesome….

    Anyway, I love the leadership qualities Winston has and I agree that he has the command and presence of a veteran.

    As long as he keeps his composure and plays disciplined like last he did last week, I think we can have a very successful offense.

    Yes, I wanted Mariota, but I’m sincerely hoping for the best with Winston and I would MUCH rather be wrong about Winston vs Mariota and have him become the HOF’er rather than be right and have him not be successful.

    I’m a Bucs fan over all and I will support our guys, although I do get bitter when Winston looks like crap for an entire game.

  8. JollyBucsFan Says:

    L&WD preach brother

  9. BrooklynBucsFan Says:

    all I know is that Mariotta isn’t exactly lighting it up right now either. But, that’s sort of the way it goes with rookies, I expect they’ll both be much better QBs by the end of this season. Wish I didn’t have to read so much hate directed at our QB, doesn’t it seem like time to just accept and support like Erik with Clean Athletics? The haters should read his post.

  10. Yungry Says:


  11. Buc1987 Says:

    #1 Troll ^^^^^

  12. Buc1987 Says:

    Yungry..wow how original you stupid, dumb dumb head you..

    When you go to the mind reader, do you get half price?

  13. Erik with Clean Athletics Says:

    Yungry, that is quite rude.

    ’87 seems like a pretty standup guy to me. – AND He won a Winston jerse, which is hard evidence against your accusation of loserdom.

    I agree with many of your posts about Mariota & whatnot, but u gotta expect to be called a troll when u make a post like that.

  14. Hawk Says:

    I’m still waiting for the idiot that believes that running out-of-bounds, short of the first down, is “the defining moment” in a young QB’s career. I would have thought we would have heard from him early in the first quarter of the Jag game.

  15. Bucnut2 Says:

    That’s a shock. The guy who drafted him, likes him.

  16. cmurda Says:


    I’m a big fan of yours so I don’t want you to take this the wrong way but I disagree with your take on the other QB’s mentioned. That’s not to say that none of them are leaders. Some Qb’s do their job but being a leader is a big difference. Having the ability to will grown men to unite and give 100% is not an automatic; it is a special trait that only a few possess. Sometimes leading is simply by example which there’s nothing wrong with. Jerry Rice comes to mind. Others such as Jameis can rally the troops and bring out the best in those surrounding him. As a team we obviously have a ways to go but this team is starting to get a swagger and I credit Winston as a big part of the movement.

  17. BucfanBF Says:

    I agree cmurda, well said. The Bucs have drafted many a player that I either disliked or thought had bust potential. Regardless, once they became a Buccaneer I rallied behind them and supported them 100%. I feel that fans who font do this but prefer to live in the past with all the “what if’s” aren’t true fans of their team. As being such, you are a traitor to the team you say you like and you are a traitor to your fellow fans.

  18. David Says:

    All you people talking about Winston’s bad games and inconsistencies. Umm… I have 3 words for you. “He’s a rookie”. Give the guy a season to develop. Dayum. He is not going to be perfect ever but he’s gonna be better in the future than he will be this year.