Jameis Continues To Shine

August 25th, 2018

Jameis Winston, right, congratulates Chris Godwin on a touchdown catch Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Buccaneers.com.)

Boy, the Bucs quarterbacks were sharp tonight.

Bucs backup Ryan Fitzpatrick was just about perfect starting Friday night, only throwing one incompletion in seven attempts. America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, was good but not quite that good (6 of 10). He missed on but four passes, not all his fault (he did have one bad throw).

It seemed to Joe that Jameis wasn’t trying to force things. Twice he pulled the ball down and ran for a nice chunk of yardage to keep drives moving.

Ryan Griffin was strong himself, perhaps inspired by what came before him, 8-for-11 for 100 yards and a touchdown. Bruce Arians and Trent Green — a QB guru and a two-time Pro Bowl QB, respectively — couldn’t stop gushing about him in the TV booth.

Joe really wants to get excited but must temper his emotions. It’s still the preseason.

Despite that, Friday night’s first half was some damn good entertainment, fake game or not.

47 Responses to “Jameis Continues To Shine”

  1. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Let’s talk defense………

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    Patchwork line…… they both looked decent.

    To this Bucs fan..the only fan that matters to me anyways…the Bucs are LOADED with targets to throw to. Give either QB adequate time and they’ll ef you up. Running game is important though….Barber looks solid….Rojo will get there …I think….hope.

    Dayum these qb’s have some WEAPONS. Wow Jameis will/should carve the NFL up with these weapons. Ooooh boyeeeeee!

  3. Red86 Says:

    Jameis is going to kill it when he’s the full time starter.

    Bet Stafford isn’t eating W’s now. Played bad against the 1st and 2nd team.

  4. Coleman Souers Says:

    2 drops, one hit arm and one bad throw.

  5. Buccluck Says:



  6. Buc1987 Says:

    Coleman ….thanks for keeping score………………..I guess.

  7. lambchop Says:


    Mad respect for Julius Thomas:


  8. Dreambig Says:

    After a long week at work and several beers, I fell asleep before the end of the game. Woke up and came right here to see what was the final score. Now for the second week in a row, let me go somewhere else now so I can see what happened. This is crazy I can’t find a final score on this site. What is happening here?

  9. Dreambig Says:

    For anyone else who is looking, Then Lions won 33-30.

  10. Tval Says:

    Joe covers FAR more than a week 3 preseason final score. Adjust those meds

  11. Wausa Says:

    Jamies is playing at a very high level

  12. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Thanks for the link Lambchop. Very interesting read.

  13. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Jameis has more touch on his passes this year. Also good to see the timing on drag route across the middle to Godwin.

  14. Defense Rules Says:

    @ShutTheBucUp … “Let’s talk defense.” You do know that the Bucs were missing almost half of their most-likely starting defense, don’t you? (Grimes, Evans, Davis/Stewart, Vea/Allen, Beckwith). And you do know that our starting defense more than held their own against a pretty decent QB (Stafford has 7 seasons in a row throwing over 4,000 yds … sound like Jameis 1.0?). So ShutTheBucUp, perk up, this defense is looking better than what we fielded last year; give it time to heal & time to gel.

    Like you Joe, I was impressed with BOTH of our QBs last night, and with Ryan Griffin too. Our QB position group is pretty solid this year it looks like, as are our WRs & TEs. Peyton Barber has the makings of a top-tier RB far as I’m concerned, providing that our OLine can hang tough. Still hope that Licht grabs at least one experienced OLineman via trade or FA after the cuts.

  15. Jman5 Says:

    If a qb can’t carve up a defense with these weapons..

  16. Jim Says:

    Of the three QBs, Fitz put in the best performance. Where are the “fans” who called him “poop” and “garbage” last week?

  17. Buc50 Says:

    I don’t trust Fitz at all to carry this team. Sorry, I can’t be excited about him.

  18. 1sparkybuc Says:

    After the opportunity to watch the Saints, Fowlgoons, and the Panthers three, possibly four times, the NFL Network gets around to airing the Bucs/Lions game next Wednesday morning at 10:00AM just once. NFL bias????

  19. Kobe Faker Says:

    Wowers, JW has no problem throwing TDs to Godwin and OJ but difficulty with MEME?…

    “The #1 skillset of a NFL reciever is route running”

    GOAT TB12

  20. Godeep66 Says:

    Trade JW now while there may be some value for him.

  21. BucTrooper Says:

    For a former baseball player, Jameis can’t slide. LoL

  22. stpetebucsfan Says:

    “Despite that, Friday night’s first half was some damn good entertainment, fake game or not.”

    Amen Joe!!! That is the best summary of this game I’ve read.

    Can Joe or another whiz here clue me in on what it’s going to take to hang on to Griffin?

    Do we have to use up one of our 53 roster spots even if he doesn’t dress on Sunday? I’m thinking he’s been around for awhile and he’d have to clear waivers to reach the practice squad….that ain’t happenin’.

    Griffin has great value right now. He’s not only the obvious backup to Fitz…he’ll become the backup to #3 as Fitz fades into age.

  23. Walter Seidel Says:

    Correction….”Starting Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick”

  24. Buc50 Says:

    Jameis out there throwing darts and you want to trade him??? Clowns

  25. stpetebucsfan Says:


    If that had been a real game the players taking the heat would not be any of our QB’s…RB’s and even our patched OL did OK.

    But AGAIN…the ST gave a game away late in the contest with that moronic punt return for six.

    Jameis has discovered POISE this year. He is focused…playing his best football right now because that poise has led to better decision making.

    I simply do not see how anybody could watch that game and not come away with the impression that at the QB position it’s ALL GOOD. Jameis played like a star franchise QB…Fitz played like a veteran, relaxed quality backup…and Griffin shows enormous promise.

    In short we are loaded at QB!

  26. BrianBucs Says:

    All 3 Bucs QB’s looked good last night. However, even Vinnie Testeverde lit it up in the preseason.
    Just in case you haven’t noticed, Ryan Griffin can throw the football very well. Koetter says he is their best pure thrower with the best technique. Would like to see what he could do with the 1’s

  27. Buccfan37 Says:

    An overload at WR and at QB… WOW!

  28. Bob in Valrico Says:

    We have had good route runners on this team before. But going up and taking the ball away from the defender or adjusting to the ball is every bit as important.
    Godwin made a great adjustment to go up and get the ball. Same for Evans last week , when he caught the deep pass from Jameis that was thrown toward sideline instead of toward the open field where Mike had position and a better chance to stretch field.
    As for Jameis he has shown better touch on the ball than I have seen in recent years. The timing on the drag route was spot on also.

  29. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Jameis has discovered POISE this year. He is focused…playing his best football right now because that poise has led to better decision making.
    No one will ever accuse me of being a JW lover. He has played well in these preseason cameos. You’re right it’s because he has shown poise and restraint, the lack of which has often been his biggest problem- on and off the field. His accuracy and ability to lead a receiver is improved as well. Not perfect yet, but much better.

    If you look closely you can still see the wildness bubble up, here’s hoping he can contain it AND use it’s power for good 🙂

    As far as hanging on to Griffin, we did last year so,what’s different this year ?

  30. Jimmyt Says:

    I don’t know what game u watched but Jameis had two perfect passes dropped, another catch called back on the bogus Offensive Pass INT on OJ & his arm was hit so basically one pass should have been incomplete. I didn’t see any force passes.

  31. Cgmaster27 Says:

    Godeep with the moronic comment of the day.

  32. stpetebucsfan Says:


    That is a good question. I’m not sure about the answer but didn’t he end up on IR after the preseason injury?

    I’m curious about whether he will consume a roster spot or if we can still hide him.

  33. Buc1987 Says:

    Cgmaster27…where have you been?

    She gets the moronic of every day!

    Walter’s of course comes in 2nd though….Fitz looks good but the ball takes a couple of weeks to get to the receiver. How does that dude not throw a TON of int’s?

  34. Kobe Faker Says:

    @Booby in v

    The jump ball is less probable and efficient. That is a fact

    Meme has 1 of the worst catch percentages in the NFL @ 53%

    The modern offenses are all going quick short passing attacks because it beats defenses in space and naturally protects the QB from injury and lack of deep passing skillset

    We are fortunate that JW can do both….HOWEVER the playcaller has to threaten the defense with the short game to loosen the run& deep pass and protect the QB. I always wanted JW to start his career in the west coadt offense. Mahomes in KC is very fortunate he is under Reid and WCO…..short, short, than deep….and the defense is like a headless chicken

  35. SteelStudBuc Says:

    He must be extra confident with the groping hand glove. No fingerprints er I mean fumbles.

  36. firethecannons Says:

    Fitz is good in short 1st quarter only–if you play him whole game-would not bank on him maintaining high level play. Jameis on the other hand often gets better as game goes.

    Just really pleased this game when Jameis takes a sack the ball is secured–no pitching the ball out or any of that

    Austin Allen–maybe he can apply at the velvet lounge of the Ramada Inn in Vero Beach.

  37. Shane Says:

    Offense looks great this whole preseason. I thought the OL had some bad plays but that was expected. A lot of them didn’t play. The defense still has a lot to be desired.

  38. Tony L.A. Says:

    When Jameis was in it just looked so much better. I know the other guys had nice stats – but just re-watch the game and WATCH the defense. He was toying with them. Did you see ho he was calling out the Lions’ blitzes OUT LOUD right before every play.

    That dude is 24 years old and was pulling off some 32 year old stuff there.

    Damn, Jameis looks like an elite this offseason. I hope he an channel that for 3 weeks.

  39. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Cooby ,
    Its no secret that Jameis struggled to develope chemistry with Evans early on .
    He still has to get better at hitting Evans on the go route.And the 53% catch rate is ashared
    responsibility between both QB and WR . Fact is Evans has come down with many
    receptions that were bad throws . Jameis does Evans no favors when he has to go up 9 or 10 feet to catch a pass one handed like the one that got him hurt in 2016
    at the end of the season. Ball placement is a key component to good QB play
    whether four verticals or west coast offense. Jameis seems to have a renewed focus this year and hopefully he puts it all together. The best offenses can incorporate both the short and long game.
    The way I see the newer offenses is use tandem backswith different skillsets to make defenses guess and a good mix of both short and long passes.

  40. Ftmyersbuc Says:

    I think someone should godeep66 in Walter Seidel

  41. Oneilbucs Says:

    I said it before it don’t matter what Winston do or how good he play they are going to look for something to talk bad about him. When throw good passes they still have something say , now it’s just preseason but if he looked bad then they would say he’s trash even if it’s preseason so just say you hate him no matter what . That’s how I know that race plays apart of it.

  42. Kobe Faker Says:

    agreed mix of short and long passes will defeat any and the best defenses

    Just stating that the Go/fade/shoulder/jumpball routes (meme) and the seam patterns (brate) are far less probable and efficient compared to the slant/cross/rub plays

    Monk is implementing them more. IMO the offense should be featuring Godwin and OJ in the short/intermittent/RAC routes and than punish the def with MeMe and Djax deep

    this goes against many here but

    Hump and Brate should sit

  43. Dapostman Says:


    I think someone already has and that’s the problem.

  44. Billy_43 Says:

    Hey Walter I bet all this talk about how good Jameis looks is really ticking you off.
    I mean you are more willing to bash him than root for (your?) team.

    Still can’t wait until week 4 when you STOP POSTING!

    Don’t worry, I’ll remind you.

  45. Bob in Valrico Says:

    ANd Kooby,
    the current West coast offense was first developed by Walsh under Paul Brown because
    they had a weak arm quarterback. Nobody has ever accused Jameis of being a weak armed QB. Other attributes of wr’s
    was that ideal size was 6 foot 3 inches and 210 lbs with flexibility to adjust to balls that are not well thrown.
    A little known fact is air coryelle was actually the first west coast offense,but the San Francisco offense took over the name and is now the recognized model.

  46. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Oh 1987 don’t forget noBrainBuc with his gushing all over Ryan Griffin love talking about he looked the best of the qbs and that he’s the “most pure passer”. These clowns are the life of the party!

  47. Gene Deckehoff is my hero Says:

    Meanwhile Mariota looks awful… This is Jameis’ year to silence all the haters and cement himself as a top 5 qb. Sad thing is he may save Licht and Dirk from seeking new jobs. It’s the old… do good, but not too good. With competent management the Bucs should be Super Bowl bound shortly.