Jameis Winston is a bust

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Jameis Winston is a bust

Jameis and the Bucs have gone hungry, with the W’s few and far between.

Jameis and the Bucs have gone hungry, with the W’s few and far between.

Jameis and the Bucs have gone hungry, with the W’s few and far between.

Jameis and the Bucs have gone hungry, with the W’s few and far between.

Bennett Carollo, Sports Editor

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We are only six weeks into the 2019 season, but it already looks like another lost one for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The latest disaster was a 37-26 defeat at the hands of the Carolina Panthers in London, dropping Tampa Bay’s record to 2-4. Leading the charge for the Bucs was everyone’s favorite crab leg-stealing, W-eating quarterback, Jameis Winston. Jameis really outdid himself this week, throwing five picks and adding a lost fumble for good measure. Even for Winston, who has paced the NFL with 87 giveaways since he was drafted in 2015, this was a standout performance. It’s not everyday that a quarterback turns the ball over six times in one game. With unrivaled precision when passing to the other team, the man they call Famous Jameis never ceases to amaze and prove why he was worth that number one overall selection.

In all seriousness, the Winston experiment, if it can even be called that anymore in this its fifth year, needs to end. All the excuses, that he is still young and will learn from his mistakes, or that he needs a better coach, stopped holding weight years ago. Winston is who he is: a reckless quarterback with no sense of ball security whose brief flashes of talent aren’t worth the many lapses in concentration. If nothing else, the fact that Winston’s years as a Buc have produced only one winning season and zero playoff experiences should be enough to frustrate fans. There is no reason why Jameis should get this many second, third, and fourth chances when he has an arsenal of weapons that many signal callers in the NFL would kill for. The dynamic receiver duo of Chris Godwin and Mike Evans, along with the stellar pass-catching tight end combination of Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard alone should be enough to make the Bucs playoff contenders. Last season, Ryan Fitzpatrick, albeit for a brief time, showed the potential of this offense when it isn’t being held back by the quarterback. How many losing seasons and years as the league’s laughingstock can Tampa Bay take before finally kicking Winston to the curb?

Unsurprisingly, seeing as he was brought in to fix Jameis, first year head coach Bruce Arians seemed to be mostly supportive of him after the London fiasco. He sympathized for the QB, explaining that the Bucs’ offensive line “got him hit too much early in the game” and even compared Winston’s refusal to throw the ball away when he is under pressure to similar tendencies of Ben Roethlisberger. Luckily, one particular comment that Arians made regarding Winston’s dreadful performance instills hope that the end may be near for Jameis in a Buccaneer uniform, as he was quoted saying that “[i]f it happens again, yeah, it’ll concern the hell out of me.” You can be sure that “it” will happen again, because if there’s one thing that is certain about Winston, it’s that he’s consistently inconsistent.

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