Winston was designated with a hip injury on Wednesday's practice report but still turned in a full session, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports. The designation is likely due to just some residual soreness that Winston picked up during his 2018 starting debut against the Falcons last Sunday, as the Buccaneers have not issued any other statements regarding the matter. Winston is fully expected to be available for Sunday's Week 7 tilt against the Browns after throwing for 395 yards and four touchdowns in a losing cause versus Atlanta.
Winston completed 30 of 41 passes for 395 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions during Sunday's 34-29 loss to Atlanta. He added 31 yards on the ground and fumbled twice, but neither was recovered by the defense. Winston got going early, connecting with Cameron Brate on a 15-yard back-shoulder touchdown for the game's first score. He continued humming from there, spreading the ball around so that seven different receivers ended the game with at least three catches. Winston is a dangerous option in a Buccaneers offense that has proven to be a high-flying attack throughout the early part of this season. Where the concerns might lie is in ball security. He takes on a Cleveland defense in Week 7 that is among the league's best in taking the ball away, snagging nine interceptions through six weeks.
Winston will start against the the Falcons in Week 6 when the Buccaneers return from their bye, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. Ryan Fitzpatrick predictably faded after a scorching start to the year, tossing three picks in a Week 3 loss to Pittsburgh and producing just three points on six drives in Sunday's 48-10 loss to the Bears. Winston did throw a pair of interceptions after replacing Fitzpatrick on Sunday, but the 24-year-old at least had some success moving the ball. Winston will return to action against a soft Atlanta defense with the help of a deep group of receiving weapons, though he may not have O.J. Howard (knee) at his disposal.
Winston (suspension) is active for Sunday's game against the Bears, but will serve as the backup quarterback with Ryan Fitzpatrick listed as the team's starter. The Buccaneers didn't officially announce their plans at quarterback until minutes before kickoff, but multiple reports have surfaced over the past week suggesting Fitzpatrick would retain the starting nod for at least Week 4. Though that's now come to pass, Fitzpatrick may not have a long leash as the team's starter after coach Dirk Koetter reportedly mulled benching the signal-caller after he threw three second-quarter interceptions in Monday's 30-27 loss to the Steelers. Fitzpatrick rebounded in impressive fashion in the second half and leads the NFL with 11.1 yards per attempt this season, but his occasional turnover-prone ways could open the door for Winston to come on in relief Sunday if Fitzpatrick struggles early on.
Winston (suspension) is eligible to return to the Buccaneers' 53-man roster Tuesday, but it remains uncertain if he'll start over Ryan Fitzpatrick in Sunday's game at Chicago, Austin Knoblauch of NFL.com reports. "Let's see what the injury report [says when it] comes back," head coach Dirk Koetter said after Monday's 30-27 loss to the Steelers, regarding his thoughts on the quarterback situation. "Any time we have these games, it's not always obvious how the guys are going to come in the next day and come in on Wednesday. Let's see what happens. I'd love to get a chance to talk to Jameis face-to-face before I tell the rest of the world." After Winston was handed a three-game suspension in June for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, it was widely assumed at the time that he would immediately recapture the starting role once eligible to return. However, that no longer looks to be a certainty, with Fitzpatrick's impressive play in Winston's stead proving vital to the Bucs' 2-1 start to the season against a tough slate of opponents. Though Fitzpatrick took a step back Monday by throwing three first-half interceptions, he mounted an impressive comeback bid in the second half that fell just short. Fitzpatrick still finished with at least three touchdowns and 400-plus passing yards for the third time in as many games, boosting him to an NFL-best 11.1 yards per attempt on the season. Koetter will likely provide more insight into his plans at quarterback when the Buccaneers reconvene for practice Wednesday, but Fitzpatrick's hot play along with an upcoming bye in Week 5 may give the team enough reason to use Winston -- who hasn't practiced with the team in 28 days -- as an understudy in his first game back from suspension.
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