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Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: Expected to stay in Tampa
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht said Winston will be back with the team in 2019, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Winston finished out his fourth NFL season in good health, allowing the Bucs to drop the fifth-year option on his contract if they'd rather have an extra $20.9 million in cap space. He may not have played well enough to warrant a long-term extension, but it's hard to see how the team would find an upgrade for 2019. Licht is probably hoping to pair Winston with a draft pick, as 36-year-old Ryan Fitzpatrick is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent and should be able to find high-end backup money from another team. Licht will need to outline his plan at quarterback in order to attract a desirable replacement for fired head coach Dirk Koetter. The team has no shortage of playmakers on offense, with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate all signed through at least 2020, while DeSean Jackson likely will be released and slot receiver Adam Humphries can become an unrestricted free agent in March.

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Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: Another 300-yard game to cap season
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Winston completed 22 of 35 passes for 345 yards with four touchdowns and one interception in the Buccaneers' 34-32 loss to the Falcons on Sunday. He also rushed twice for 23 yards.

With reports emerging earlier Sunday that the team planned to bring him back as its starting quarterback in 2019, Winston promptly went out and put together one of his best performances of the season. The four-year veteran's quartet of passing scores equaled a season high, while his yardage total served as his third-best figure on the season. Winston finishes his abbreviated 2018 campaign with five 300-yard passing efforts overall, but he now faces an offseason of uncertainty from a coaching perspective. Head coach Dirk Koetter could well be on his way out after another non-playoff campaign, and his exit would mean Winston would be learning a new offensive system heading into 2019.

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Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: Will be Bucs starter in 2019
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Winston will return as the Buccaneers' starting quarterback in 2019, according to Adam Schefter on ESPN Sunday Countdown.

Due to a combination of uninspiring play and off-the-field concerns in his first three campaigns, Winston was a question mark to return to the only home he's known as a professional. Ryan Fitzpatrick's scorching start to the season during Winston's three-game suspension didn't do the latter any favors. However, Winston has settled into a nice groove since Week 11, completing 64.6 percent of his passes, throwing for 300-plus yards twice, and recording nine touchdowns versus three interceptions over the last six games. He also tacked on 149 rushing yards at 5.3 YPC during that span. The preceding has been enough for the Buccaneers to roll with Winston and his team option for 2019.

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Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: May cede snaps to backup
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Winston may not play all of the Buccaneers' offensive snaps in Week 17 against the Falcons after coach Dirk Koetter said Monday that the team would like to get Griffin his first NFL regular-season reps in the contest, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "The guy's been here for three years," Koetter said of Griffin. "He's worked his tail off."

Koetter didn't expound on what Griffin's workload might look like if he enters the game, but based on the coach's comments, it's likely the 29-year-old would only take the field for a brief cameo. It would amount to a token gesture of gratitude for a player who has spent the bulk of six professional seasons on either the New Orleans or Tampa Bay rosters without officially making his NFL debut. With that in mind, Griffin's potential usage might only be a minor hindrance on Winston's fantasy outlook, as the Buccaneers are still incentivized to roll with the latter behind center in the season finale with his place in the team's plans for 2019 not yet formally decided. Assuming he indeed handles the overwhelming majority of the snaps, Winston projects as a respectable option in both season-long and DFS lineups while taking on an Atlanta defense that has yielded a 68.4 percent completion rate (28th in NFL) and 29 touchdown throws (tied for 24th) to opposing passers.

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Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: Productive in defeat
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Winston completed 34 of 48 passes for 336 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 27-20 loss to the Cowboys on Sunday. He also rushed four times for 14 yards and lost two fumbles, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

From a fantasy perspective, Winston's final line was strong overall, but one of his miscues was responsible for the Cowboys' final margin of victory. The fourth-year signal-caller gave up the ball on a sack at the Cowboys' 31-yard line late in the first quarter and Jaylon Smith scooped it up and returned it 69 yards for a touchdown. Winston was otherwise sharp for the most part, and he gave Tampa a fighting chance at a possible game-tying drive when he capped off an eight-play 71-yard march with a seven-yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans just before the two-minute warning. The 300-yard effort was Winston's fourth of the season, but he failed to throw multiple touchdowns for the second straight game after a four-game streak of throwing a pair of scores. Winston will look to put together a strong finish to his rollercoaster season in a Week 17 divisional matchup versus the Falcons.

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