Will Jameis’ Body Affect His Mind?

May 22nd, 2016

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America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, ran enough — and with a tenacious ferocity — to worry grinning Bucs coaches last year.

Hell, Jameis was even throwing lead blocks for running backs.

Coaches wanted Jameis to dial back his self-sacrifice, but they loved the results. Who could forget the historic 3rd-and-19 run? (video here)

This offseason, Jameis added muscle and ramped up his fitness. So it’s logical to think that Jameis will feel more confident running and might do it more often.

Bucs quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian talked to media last week at One Buc Palace, and Joe asked about how Jameis’ new body might affect his gameday mindset.

JoeBucsFan.com: Do you think Jameis’ improved fitness and strength is going to lead him to run more? How do you handle that possibility?

Quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian: You know, I think he’s always been, any quarterback, you want them to run as needed. So I don’t think, we’re not going to gameplan for him to run more. And I don’t think it will factor much into his decision-making process.

Joe hopes Bajakian is correct, but Joe doubts it. Jameis the competitor is unlikely to let up. If he feels he must run and sacrifice his body, then he will. And being stronger probably spurs Jameis on to more risk, though he’d be better prepared for it physically.

Perhaps the Bucs’ best chance of keeping Jameis safe is improving the offensive line, which is primed to take a step up with the unit returning (minus Logan Mankins) and Donovan Smith and Ali Marpet out of their rookie seasons.

17 Responses to “Will Jameis’ Body Affect His Mind?”

  1. Brent bull/buc Says:

    Do you want a 10 year guy or a 5 year guy? Don’t run jw it doesn’t work.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It doesn’t look like Jameis thinks run until that’s all he has…..we know he doesn’t like to take sacks or throw the ball away. He’s a tough guy…..I think/hope he will be OK…..

  3. Pickgrin Says:

    The OLine ABSOLUTELY needs to block better for Jameis. The run blocking last year was pretty good – but the pass protection left a lot to be desired. Yea we had a low # of sacks – but that is mainly because Jameis is good in the pocket and can slip away from trouble well enough to at least get rid of the ball. The # of hits Jameis took was NOT OK. I see some posters here talk about Winston having a problem with accuracy. BS!! Give him a clean pocket for 3-4 seconds and watch him light it up.

  4. OneBuc55 Says:

    Jameis is and will always be a pass-first QB; his arm, smarts and toughness were already legendary even before he arrived at Florida State…his improved mobility is just another aspect of JW’s game that DC’s will have to worry about for a while…JW is still a puppy, we ain’t seen nothing yet; just wait til he gets about Cam Newtons age (26-27 yrs old)…We hit the jackpot when we drafted this kid…

  5. LakeLandBuc Says:

    I’m glad Jameis lost weight, last season he was out of shape. And it showed during the last 4 games of the season.His body shouldn’t affect his mind, his body should give him more stamina.

  6. Kevin Says:

    A running qb is not necesarilly a bad thing. See Aaron Rodgers and Russel Wilson. It all depends on whether he does is smart or not. Those two guys make it loom easy, sprinting for the first dlwn marker while running out of bounds. Being a baseball guy Jameis shouldnt have a problem properly sliding and in goal line situations I would not expect to see him let up. As long as he is smart about it and reads the field Im all for it

  7. salish_seamonster Says:

    Jameis runs when he needs to run, and only when he needs to run. I doubt he’s going to just take off and try to be Mike Vick. Jameis is wired to get the ball downfield. That’s not gonna change. He might, however, become even more effective when he does run, which should be very entertaining!

  8. Buccfan37 Says:

    Jameis has shown the knack and urgency of when to take off and run depending on the coverage and pressure, that will improve.

  9. SB with Jameis Says:

    Jameis is the true definition of a ‘Playmaker’. If he can’t make it with his arm he will make it with his legs. This is what makes him great. Not sure what all the fuss is over.
    The other day someone noted that Jameis’ weight loss might get him hurt more often. That cracked me up. Since when has losing fat and building muscle (getting in shape) get you hurt more?

  10. SB with Jameis Says:


    No disrespect intended Joe

  11. Buc1987 Says:

    Tom Brady dives for TD’s all the time….so I see no need to hold him back especially around the goal line.

  12. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Jameis will only do what it takes to win. If that is running for a first down, then he will. But to think because he is in better shape he is going to pass up a wide open Vincent Jackson, just to run for a first down instead, is just dumb. Jameis is always pass first. If it isnt there, then he is scrambling. if it still isnt there, then he is running. I like the decision making Jameis showed last season. He never gave up and always tried to make a play. Sure he made some decisions that didnt work and led to bad mistakes, but in failure there is still success. Making the decision based on the will to win, is always a decision i support. And is the reason i love Winston, and want nothing to do with Glennon. I will never forget him throwing the ball away on fourth down, when we were already down late in the game. It was the perfect opportunity to just throw a ball up and at least our WRs a chance to make a play. But nope, glennon gets a little pressure and throws it into the bench. No will to win. And that is why no teams traded for glennon. He doesn’t have “it”. And it is painfully obvious.

  13. cmurda Says:

    It’s hard to knock Jameis for tucking it when it’s the best chance we have at a first down/ TD etc. It’s scary as heck as a fan though. he took some scary shots while running. I definitely don’t think Winston running will be anywhere in the gameplan but you can’t gameplan for everything that happens in a game.

    P.S. Sick win Bolts. Finish Pens Tuesday night at Amalie.

  14. oxycondoms Says:

    if he continues to take care of himself it will definitely affect his mind in a positive way. being in better shape gives you more energy. having more energy helps you make better decisions and think clearer

  15. Tiny Tim Says:

    The joes are funny. Jameis is not going to turn himself into Vick because he got his body in better shape. It just mean he wants to be better prepared physically when he does have to take off and run. It also means he wants to be better prepared physically when he stands in the pocket and take shots while releasing the the ball downfield. Come on Joe. Stop trying to create a story that is not there.

  16. Former Glennongrad Says:

    Still bitter about the crap announcers on that play

  17. cmurda Says:

    @Former Glennongrad,

    That was likely the single worst announcing call on a play in the history of the NFL. First, the announcer says there is a fumble and furthermore says it is picked up by the Falcons. Neither were true. So, without seeing what really happened, the announcer just made up his own play. Pathetic.