It’s All On Jameis

May 27th, 2016
Up to Jameis, says BSPN.

Up to Jameis, says BSPN.

OK Jameis. You wanted it? You got it.

America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, likes to talk about competing. Well, if you read the words of Field Yates of BSPN, the Bucs will sink or swim this year because of one player and one player only: Jameis.

In an unsual take, Yates broke down the most important roster decisions each team will make between now and the final cuts forming the 53-man roster. Yates punts, sort of, and writes the entire team is on Jameis’ shoulders.

Jameis’ jump? Tampa Bay’s roster is in a healthy spot, contractually speaking — many key pieces are either locked up long term or aren’t yet eligible for extensions — and the team worked hard to fill some pressing needs this offseason at pass-rusher and cornerback. Ultimately, the Bucs’ rise in the NFC South will be dependent upon the development of quarterback Jameis Winston. The offseason between an NFL player’s rookie and second seasons can often be his most impactful. Winston was really, really good by rookie quarterback standards in 2015; Tampa Bay is counting on another leap forward in 2016.

Joe slightly disagrees with the cliché Yates sites — that the biggest jump is from rookie year to second year. To Joe, it is the second year to the third year, especially for quarterbacks.

Defensive coaches get paid, too, and they have all offseason to devise a defense or scheme (unless the coordinator’s name is “Lovie Smith”) to shut down a quarterback or take away his best traits. How a quarterback responds to those changes usually shows up in the third season. If a quarterback still struggles in the third season, then he’s in a rut he may never escape from.

Kind of unfair to put everything on Jameis’ shoulders now. Then again, it’s what Jameis wants and, frankly, it’s wy the Bucs drafted him No. 1 overall.

15 Responses to “It’s All On Jameis”

  1. Bird Says:

    3rd year is correct. But when you are drafted #1 and you are a quarterback the expert is correct. Jameis has to ball this year for them to get out of nfc south bottom feeder label

  2. Tom Edrington Says:

    Jameis WANTS the pressure, that is what competitors prepare for and welome….

  3. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    Dirk knows not to overload Jameis. Altho if u ask Jameis he will tell you bring it on! But Dirk is smarter than that, but with that said. It’s been told that they will hand more responsibility over to him this year. And if any young QB can handle it, it’s #3. And I’m sure they won’t shy away from handing the second leading rusher in the league the ball again. Jameis is at his best when Dougy is at his best so they feed off each other. Play action is the key for #3.

  4. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    98 Rams to 99 Rams.. What a difference a off season can make.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Sure, good QB play is essential…..but it’s a team game…’s one fan that thinks Defensive improvement along with Offensive consistency will rule the day.

    And don’t forget the likely vast improvement we will have with our Special Teams…..if we can find return specialists to add to our new Kicker & Punter….we could be awesome!!!

  6. 813bucboi Says:

    to be honest im not too worried about jameis….he’s been putting in the work since the superbowl….its the “others” that im worried about….are vets following jameis?….are players in a win now mode?…do they hate losing yet?….is everyone on the same page as to “why” their here?….time will tell…GO BUCS!!!

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    Tampabaybucfan … Well said. If football was an individual sport instead of a team sport they’d call it golf.

  8. unbelievable Says:

    Agree with you there Joe, it’s year 2 to 3, ESPECIALLY for quarterbacks.

  9. Buc1987 Says:

    Yup…year 2-3.

  10. LovieBall Says:

    Is James still America’s Quarterback? Wouldn’t that be Jared Geoff this year?

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  12. Waterboy Says:

    I agree on the 3rd year being the biggest jump for QB’s.

  13. LakeLandBuc Says:

    He’s the QB and the pressure should be on his shoulder, he should make progress every season.

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    LovieBall Says:
    May 27th, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    “Is James still America’s Quarterback? Wouldn’t that be Jared Geoff this year?”

    Is his name constantly in the news? If not then no.

  15. JoeSkeetVA Says:

    He actually said the second off-season could be the “most impactful”. Which is true. But I do agree with the fellow Joe that a player’s biggest jump is usually year 3. Then again, there’s never really been argument about that in the first place lol