Intangibles Give Jameis An Edge

April 8th, 2016


Yeah, the stats were pretty good, over 4,000 yards passing, 22 touchdowns with 15 picks (after an awful start to his career) and six rushing touchdowns, which set a Bucs franchise record.

But there was — and is — more to America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, than just numbers, as pointed out by Will Reeve, Jr. of Today’s Pigskin.

It’s charisma.

Most knew that Winston was a natural instrumental leader in the college ranks and many expected it to translate to the NFL. Very few projected such a direct translation however as Winston earned the respect of his teammates in what felt like five minutes. Not only does he have their respect, but he has the ability to hold his team captive to his every word. As a rookie, that’s beyond rare.

It seemed from almost the first day Jameis walked into One Buc Palace he had Vincent Jackson eating out of his hand. It didn’t take long before veteran Logan Mankins gave Jameis the stamp of approval.

Before long, Jameis was leading team shout sessions before games. Who could forget his rallying cry for Kwon Alexander prior to the overtime upset of the Dixie Chicks on the road?

Joe remembers, oh, sometime in November, speaking to a veteran of the defense off the record. Joe was still a bit skeptical of the hype of Jameis being a team leader.

So Joe asked said player to level with Joe and whatever he said, his name would never find its way into any story. When he agreed, Joe asked if the Jameis hype was real. The player glared at Joe with his eyes as wide as saucers, head tilted just a bit as if he was saying, “Son, you have no idea.”

The player in question went on to rave about Jameis. That sold Joe.

Of course, we all saw his passion, and his stomach-punching disgust for losing after his emotional postgame presser to end the season.

Yup. Jameis is a keeper.

10 Responses to “Intangibles Give Jameis An Edge”

  1. d-roca Says:

    Yup. Finally a quarterback who hates the bucs losing as much as the fans do. Skys the limit. We have hope, finally

  2. BucTrooper Says:

    Want a good laugh?

    Remember back in the day when Evan Smith didn’t respect Jameis? We don’t hear much from that hippo on roller skates anymore, do we?

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    No question that Jameis has the physical tools, leadership and charisma to return the Bucs to our glory years. Our OLine did a good job of protecting him last year, and this year’s OLine should be even better. Our RB-tandem of Martin and Sims is as good as any in the NFL. Our TEs are OK and will hopefully improve more this year (if ASJ comes back strong that is). Our WRs concern me though since VJax, Murphy and Bell are all coming off injuries. Drafting a WR in the 3rd or 4th round probably wouldn’t hurt.

  4. The Buc Realist Says:

    Joe, why all the cloak and dagger over a player that said all this??? Come on guys we can figure out who it is!!! We can Eliminate GMC right off the bat. It can not be Jenkins or any other secondary that lovie was rotating that week… Joe says that he answered the question then went on…so it cannot be LVD…

    I am going to guess that it was one of the backup/rotational DT that has playoff experience!!!!

  5. Pickgrin Says:

    Extra Extra – Read all about it – “Jameis is a keeper”

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    I think it was McDonald……I can see him saying “Son” to Joe……

  7. DoNUTS Says:

    The Champ!

    Great pic. His blood boils for wins.

  8. mike johnson Says:

    The only thing that’s gonna give Mr. Winston and our offense an edge is..the play of a good Defense. And we had better find one..QUICK!

  9. Erik with Clean Athletics Says:

    Oh yea, you better believe it. My favorite player in NFL is definitely a keeper!!! Lol, I love Jameis so much.

  10. RustyRhinos Says:

    Good one Buctrooper “hippo on roller skates” I thought he was battling for center wallah?

    “Who could forget his rallying cry for Kwon Alexander prior to the overtime upset of the Dixie Chicks on the road?”

    That would be me Joe, I do not think I have seen this. I was at the game, I had so much fun telling the Atl fans that we are going to get the ball back right here, as Mr. Jones caught the pass that Mr. Kwon picked his pocket of. How we went on to win the game in “their house” in overtime. Great Buc memories for sure. I’d like to see this rallying cry. My heart still goes out to Mr Kwon Alexander and his family.