Winston entered Sunday's 38-35 loss to the Giants in the third quarter and completed 12 of 16 passes for 199 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed five times for 16 yards and fumbled once, but it was recovered by Mike Evans for a touchdown. Despite Winston's heroics, Roy Cummings of FloridaFootballInsiders.com reports that head coach Dirk Koetter was noncommital about Winston being his Week 12 starter versus the 49ers in his postgame press conference
Ryan Fitzpatrick earned himself a benching with a three-interception performance over two-plus quarters, so Winston was called into action for the first time since Week 8 against the Bengals. He proceeded to nearly pull off a rather improbable comeback, leading the Bucs on 28 second-half points on four drives of 66 yards or more. Winston nearly committed a back-breaking mistake when he lost the handle on the ball on the way into the end zone late in the third quarter, but Evans alertly fell on it for a TD. Winston also connected with Evans for a 41-yard touchdown pass with 2:22 remaining that brought Tampa within three points, but he ended up throwing an interception on a desperation heave to DeSean Jackson with 23 seconds remaining to seal the win for the Giants. Given Koetter's lack of commitment to him beyond Sunday's game, the Bucs' starting QB situation is one for both Winston and Fitzpatrick owners to monitor throughout the coming week.
Winston will continue to back up starter Ryan Fitzpatrick in Sunday's road game against the Giants.
Winston seemingly was benched due to issues with turnovers. The low point was a four-interception performance in a Week 8 loss to the Bengals, extending his streak with multiple picks to five games (four of them this season, plus Week 17 of the 2017 campaign). Since Winston's demotion, Fitzpatrick similarly has been turnover-prone, committing five in back-to-back losses. With the Bucs sitting at 3-6, Winston may be given another chance to play this season. That said, his fifth-year option is only guaranteed for injury in case he's unable to pass a physical in March, so the team may be playing out the string with Fitzpatrick to avoid being on the hook for Winston's $20.9 million cap hit in 2019.
Winston was pulled from Sunday's 37-34 loss to the Bengals after throwing his fourth interception of the afternoon, thus paving the way for Fitzpatrick to tie up the game with 18 consecutive points. Winston hasn't had too much trouble moving the Tampa offense downfield, but his strong marks for completion percentage (64.9) and yards per attempt (8.0) have been negated by the worst INT rate (6.8 percent) in the league. It still won't be surprising if Tampa Bay turns back to the 2015 first-round pick at some point before the end of the season, especially if playoff contention is no longer a consideration.
Winston was pulled from Sunday's game in Cincinnati in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick, but not before completing 18 of 35 passes for 276 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.
Coach Dirk Koetter made the decision after Winston's fourth pick was returned to the house by Bengals safety Jessie Bates late in the third quarter. In four games since taking over for Fitzpatrick in Week 4, Winston racked up 1,181 yards and four touchdown passes, but his performances were turnover-laden. Overall, Winston has 10 interceptions and four fumbles (one lost). While this move may only be temporary, Koetter will have a tough call to make between Winston and Fitzpatrick in the coming days, especially with the trade deadline imminent (Tuesday at 4 PM ET).
Winston completed 32 of 52 passes for 365 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions in the Buccaneers' 26-23 overtime win over the Browns on Sunday. He also rushed 10 times for 55 yards and a touchdown and fumbled twice, recovering one and losing the other.
It was another eventful and stat-filled afternoon for the fourth-year quarterback, who failed to throw a passing touchdown for the first time in a non-injury-shortened game since Week 7 of last season. The Buccaneers scored in some rather unusual ways Sunday, as both DeSean Jackson and Winston scored rushing touchdowns, with the latter's serving as his first on the ground this season. It's worth noting that Winston did scuffle in some key moments late in the game, throwing the second of two interceptions with 6:22 remaining in overtime and then throwing back-to-back incompletions in the subsequent possession. Winston will look to continue working out the kinks after a late start to the season when he faces the Bengals in a Week 8 interconference road tilt.
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|15||12/16/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||535||312||58.3||4042||7.56||68||22||15||27/190||57||9||84.2|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||567||345||60.8||4090||7.21||45||28||18||35/239||43||4||86.1|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||13||442||282||63.8||3504||7.93||70||19||11||33/207||32||5||92.2|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||3||148||96||64.9||1181||7.98||60||6||10||13/60||11||2||74.7|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||54||213||3.9||21||6||2||18|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||53||165||3.1||14||1||0||10|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||13||33||135||4.1||17||1||0||7|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||3||19||109||5.7||14||1||0||9|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||6||2||0||4||0||0||4||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||10||6||0||3||0||0||3||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||15||7||0||7||0||0||7||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||4||1||0||2||0||0||2||0|