More Rave Reviews For Antoine Winfield, Jr.

August 20th, 2020

The gushing keeps flowing for Buccaneers rookie safety Antoine Winfield, Jr..

This time it’s from an unselfish teammate.

“Antoine’s picking up the game real fast. That man is smart,” said fellow safety Jordan Whitehead.

“You can tell his dad played just the way he handles himself and carries himself in the building. He’s all about business. … I love to see him out there, he’s definitely a great athlete.”

A smart, all-business rookie with supreme athleticism? Joe might need oxygen if the Bucs actually grabbed a true impact safety in the second round of the NFL Draft.

Knowing how seriously Whitehead takes his craft — and that he’s close with his famous cousin Darrelle Revis — Joe gives a lot of credibility to Whitehead’s take here.

Combine that with what Bucco Bruce Arians said about Antoine Winfield yesterday, and it seems like something special is growing.

30 Responses to “More Rave Reviews For Antoine Winfield, Jr.”

  1. El Buco Realisto Says:

    The “real” fans are tired of the “talk” and self promotion, and back patting from all the lying clowns at one buc!!!!!!!! Show it on the field!!!!!!!!! Prove it in the division standings!!!!!!!! The “real” fans are over all the “A” grades everyone gives each other at OneBuc!!!!!!!!!! Do it!!!!!!!!!!! Or the only given will be Pink Slips!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why will the buc’s fail again???? Because Ole stale biscuits always crumble under any pressure!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Mort Says:

    I have high expectations for our safeties this year. Whitehead and Winfield can start all year as far as I care.

  3. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    I had my reservations about this pick because of the horror show we had to deal with the past couple years in our secondary. A 5’9″ saftey who ran a 4.46 at the combine i thought mike smith was back. I don’t want to be a Karen, no one likes a Karen.

    I really hope this kid works out.

  4. Jaymiss Pick6 Again Says:

    Hmmmmm…I wonder how much money El Buco Realisto has lost over the years betting on the Bucs. Maybe he or she lost their house and belongings betting on the Bucs. Seems like an over the top angry person.

    Or maybe he or she just wants the attention of post’s like this one.

    Here’s to Winfield leading all rookies with interceptions in 2020!

  5. JimmyJack Says:

    Evolving that for sure is fair…….But if you gives Bowles a fresh start I think you can be more optimistic. A quick check on his handpicked players, Dean and Bunting looks pretty decent so far…..Mike Edward’s? Not so much(at least I never seen it). I even remember we had some kid in 2019 preseason that was flashing…..Mazie Wilkins i think. Not sure if he is still around.

    You also look at the success Todd had with DBs in Arizona and New York and there’s a lot to be excited about. I’m liking what Im hearing about Winfield and his highlight reel was a lot of fun. I wont be suprized at all if this guy is a gamechanger for the gitgo.

  6. JimmyJack Says:

    Jaymiss he is getting all his predictions in now so he can eventually get one right for repost later and say us I told you so.

    I would make a bunch of positive predictions so I can get more right but quite frankly I dont think anybody really gives a rats ass if another poster was right or wrong…..Fans just want winning. All the rest is white noise really.

  7. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Winfield Jr wasn’t even ranked in 2019 pre season top 20 safeties.
    The knock on him pre draft was his size.
    He’s proving all the “experts” wrong.

  8. VABucsfan Says:

    Could def be our best Safety since Lynch! Not saying a whole lot as we have been pretty bad there, I don’t consider Barber a safety even though I think he played there his last year. Barron, Evans(because of injury), pischitelli, Tanard Jackson(he was actually real good, just couldn’t stay off the broccoli). Mcdougle was ok, not great. Oh yeah, also Goldson(our big time FA prize)LOL, Dumbinicks last great move! It makes my head hurt at the horrible play in that area since 2004!!

  9. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    Jimmy, I really like Bowles and know what he can do for our defense, it’s matching speed with receivers i question. I feel good about this young secondary and the speed, as well as they way they played toward the end of last season. Safety is the last line of defense, he needs to be a sure tackler and have some wheels and and eye for the ball. He’s been making plays, hope he makes them when it counts. i’ll be routing for him.

  10. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Amazing how some of our present players are related to past well known NFL players

    Are there any posters here at JBF related?

    I know the other 2 doesnt want everyone to know but

    The Buc Realist, Buccaneer Bonsai and Kobe Faker are distant cousins”

    Kobe Faker

  11. DanBucsFan Says:

    I said it draft night. AWJ will be a top 5 safety in the Nfl. Count on it..GO BUCS!!!

  12. D-Rome Says:

    The “real” fans are tired of the “talk” and self promotion, and back patting from all the lying clowns at one buc!!!!!!!! Show it on the field!!!!!!!!!

    Season hasn’t started yet, bro.

    Why will the buc’s fail again???? Because Ole stale biscuits always crumble under any pressure!!!!!!!!

    OK, that’s pretty funny!

  13. VABucsfan Says:


    He is def proving them wrong!! So many people didn’t draft Russell Wilson because of his lack of size, and he went all the way in the 3rd round! Dude is prob the best QB drafted in the last decade! But yeah, Winfield should be special!

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Could be “eating a lot of Ws” with Whitehead & Winfield…

  15. Buczilla Says:

    Too cool. Geez, could we actually have a scary defense again?!!

  16. Perimeter Blocker Says:

    So glad to hear this. I really wanted Dobbins in that spot in the draft. If he ends up being the answer kudos to Licht. I will stand corrected…

  17. JimmyJack Says:

    Evolving….To be fair Joe brought up a great point on his last podcast that was a bit unsettling for me. Brought up the possibility that we Buc fans ate overeating Bowles due to the fact that our defenses of the past have been so historically bad that anything halfway decent looks better then reality…….That has merit.

    But I would say I seen that 1999 Defense. I know what it looks like. And I saw Shaq/Suh/David……that’s legit………..But at the end of the day the Bucs defense has ackomplishished zip. We either gonna see it or we dont this year and that’ll be the true test.

    As far as Winfields concerned…..yeah he better tackle.And we desperately need coverage help….so if he cant cover they dont know what they’re doing………But his standards ate higher. Bowles produced Jamal Adam’s and Honey Hair Badger. Them guys ate game wreckers. That’s the bar!!
    GO BUCS!

  18. JimmyJack Says:


  19. Leighroy Says:

    Bob Sanders was only 5′-8″ and was known for his run defense support as a safety. Defensive player of the year in 2007, so anything is possible at that position despite small size.

    Unfortunately for Bob, injuries derailed his career unceremoniously. Perhaps the toll that style of play took on a body that size.

    For once I can’t disagree with El Buco, but would contend that the circumstances around the “talk” is different with this team for the first time in 5 years. I too would prefer to win the real season with results instead of the off-season hype.

  20. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    But…wasn’t one of the Joe’s banging on the table for a running back? Or last year for a pass rusher? Sometimes (all the time) you gotta pick the person over the player (Winfield, White).

  21. JimmyJack Says:

    Christopher to be fair Joe may have banged the table for another position instead of RT this year……..but it wasnt too hard.

    Last year that table was rattling when Joe banged it against a MLB. I’m sure that table has since persisted from the damage Joe left in it……..And ya cant say Joe was wrong currently based off stats. If we are going only on stats I’ll tip my hat……..But I’m not a stat guy and I didnt see White make some game changing plays. He made game winning plays. That Tennesse TD play springs to mind(I do not accept the results of that play, Bucs win)…….It takes a special player to make a play like that in the clutch.

    How many games did Allen win for his team? Serious question I dont know. Maybe Allen is a special player. Or maybe he knows how to beat his guy in a 14-28 game.

    Call me crazy but I want the guy whose clutch over the guy who compiles the most stats.

    In the end it’s an unsettled debate in my eyes. But is a good one.

  22. Gettinthebucs Says:

    Won’t believe it until I see it. I hope the guy becomes all pro though. GoBucs!

  23. TDTB Says:

    I really liked Jeremy Chin over Winfield b/c of height and speed. VHIII was short, slow and had nfl level coaching from his dad. Great footwork, but you just can’t teach speed and size.

  24. Alchemy Says:

    Winfield is the real deal and he was a steal in the draft. Everyone who actually watched him play in college knows he is a special player. A real football player that always finds a way to make the big play when his team needs it. He is just like his father who was one of the best students of the game. Spends endless time studying the game films and knows where the ball is going. He is also a genuinely nice guy and a natural leader. Can’t say enough good things about him.

  25. Alchemy Says:

    Go watch some of his Youtube highlights. Like the punt return he took to the house after breaking about 6 tackles. His safety blitzes, his game winning interceptions, etc… he maybe a little short in height, but he is big time football player.

  26. David Says:

    If you paid attention to college football last year you knew this kid was the real deal. Absolute ball hawk that can leap out of the building.
    It does concern me with so many receivers that are over 6’”2 but so much can be made up on the backend if you have football smarts. Ronde Barber was never the fastest but if your football smart and anticipate correctly, with the right angles it makes up for a lot

  27. SB Says:

    Man I miss Ndog!

  28. lambchop Says:

    Something special is growing in my pants. Winfield will be filling that John Lynch role.

  29. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    Hope we win more that the off season this year. lol.

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!

  30. Alex TRNJ Says:

    So, ignoring what other websites are saying, what do we think the defensive depth chart will look like, particularly in the secondary?

    It is really hard not to get outrageously excited that this is the year, but that has deja vu written all over it.