NFL: Antoine Winfield Simply The Best

July 11th, 2024

No. 1!

It’s no longer a belief just among Bucs fans. It has come to fruition: Bucs safety Antoine Winfield is the best, better than all the rest.

In Jeremy Fowler’s annual poll of the top-10 best players at each position at BSPN voted on by “almost 80” NFL suits, coaches and scouts, Winfield, the highest paid safety in the league is now also the best safety in the league.

One NFL suit summed up Winfield’s 2023 All-Pro season the result of Bucs coach Todd Bowles unleashing Winfield to play the perfect position for his skillset.

“He had more opportunities as a single-high defender to take throws away with his instincts, range and creating turnovers,” an NFC executive said. “He was already excellent in run support and as a blitzer, so it was the perfect combination.”

Quite literally, Winfield was a game-changer. Joe hasn’t seen a safety effect games like he has since Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu were in the league.

Go back and look at the play Winfield made on DJ Chark in the final game of the regular season last year. When Winfield read the play, the ground he covered to punch the ball out of Chark’s hands just as he was about to cross the goal line. That was a Reed-like play through and through.

Winfield makes an impact all over the field. Backfield, at the line, the flats, inside, deep, you name it. Just like Polamalu did.

And there’s no reason to believe Winfield can’t continue to play at this level for a few more years.

17 Responses to “NFL: Antoine Winfield Simply The Best”

  1. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Winfield is the Willie Mays of safeties. There can be no more higher praise than that.

  2. DCone Says:

    Had his best year in 2023 and should improve each season. Last ‘Big Moment Play’ I remember him being in a had a Rookie faking him out of his shoes at the 22 and not being able to recover and prevent a TD in the Divisional Round.

    In his defense not may teams win Divisional games when the Quarterback TD/INT ratio is 3:2

  3. Buddha Says:

    Tina Turner would have loved him.

  4. Boge Says:

    And we’ll never have to worry about him taking plays off after signing that contract. This dude comes to play.

  5. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I really appreciate Winfield’s never-quit attitude.

  6. Steven007 Says:

    The difference between good and great players in the NFL, not to mention those with immense talent never realized, almost always comes down to effort. This kid gets an a+ on effort. Talented enough obviously, but his effort and never quit attitude is what separates him.

  7. SlyPirate Says:

    Ryan Neal was so terrible AWJ had to be the best version of himself. AWJ’s stats HOPEFULLY fall off a bit because Whitehead delivers.

  8. D-Rok Says:

    @Sly, that’s a good thought. Hopefully this year, Winfield won’t have as many stats because the backend should play better. Yes, I said hope.

    The only thing Winfield hasn’t done too much of (yet) is those bone-jarring hits Reed and Palamalu were known for. But it’s cool, we got our enforcer back this year (Whitehead) so we should see some big hits.

    Go Bucs ! ! !

  9. Crickett Baker Says:

    I enjoyed the upbeat article but Joe, you need to learn the difference between the words “effect” and “affect” (like so many others who post here).

  10. Dave Pear Says:

    Love me some AW2!

    With Whitehead on the other side, and expected improvements in coverage now that Ryan The Stump Neal is gone, maybe Todd can do something about his 29th ranked pass defense.

  11. Rod Munch Says:

    Winfield is this generations Ronde Barber – and is on a HOF track.

    Meanwhile he’s making 1st Team ALL-PRO while not even getting a pro-bowl invite, aka, Lavonte David.

  12. heyjude Says:

    Blast from the past Ed Reed. One of the best on and off the field. Agreed, Antoine is only 25 and will be one of the best for years.

  13. White Tiger Says:

    AWJ doesn’t just do his job – he changes the outcome of games! Got paid & recognized!!

  14. Joe Says:

    I enjoyed the upbeat article but Joe, you need to learn the difference between the words “effect” and “affect” (like so many others who post here).

    Always used to use the acronym “VANE:” Verb, affect; noun, effect.” AI spellcheck told Joe different. So Joe went with AI.

  15. Dude Says:

    *FBI Agent Peanut Tillman

  16. Greg Says:

    He’s got a little ways to go for an Ed Reed comp. But he WILL be on that level.

  17. garro Says:

    Yes….But we all knew that. He got soo screwed by the media and the POS Pro Bowl Popularity contest folks it is pathetic.

    Go Bucs!