Coach Bruce Arians isn't prepared to endorse the re-signing of Winston, who's playing out the final year of his rookie contract this season, based on what he's seen from the 2015 first overall pick thus far, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "I'm going to pass on that one,'' Arians said. "I'm going to wait until the end of December. There's been really, really, really good and there's been some really, really bad. I'm just going to pass until it's over and then we'll make a decision.''
Arians was asked the pointed question Wednesday with respect to Winston, whose post-2019 NFL future partly rests in the head coach's hands. To Arians' credit, he didn't mince words with respect to the ambivalence he currently possesses about his fifth-year quarterback, who's generated a shaky 22:20 TD:INT and completed just 60.2 percent of his throws during his first 12 regular-season games running the coach's aggressive downfield scheme. The Buccaneers' current in-house options outside of Winston are Blaine Gabbert (IR-shoulder) and Ryan Griffin, but only the latter is under contract for 2020.
Winston completed 21 of 33 passes for 268 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Buccaneers' 28-11 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. He also rushed six times for 20 yards and lost a fumble.
The one turnover was the only blemish on Winston's day, as the fifth-year pro otherwise played a rock-solid game. Winston surprisingly enjoyed his greatest success targeting Breshad Perriman, with whom he connected on five occasions for 87 yards, and O.J. Howard, who also was on the receiving end of five Winston completions for a change. Winston's interception-free performance was his first since Week 9 and only his fourth of the season, and he'll look to replicate that feat versus the Colts in a Week 14 interconference battle.
Winston completed 18 of 28 passes for 312 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Buccaneers' 35-22 win over the Falcons on Sunday. He also rushed eight times for 38 yards.
Early on, it looked like it could be more of the recent same for Winston, who tossed six interceptions in the two games prior to Sunday. Winston was guilty of his NFL-leading 19th and 20th picks in the first half, but he continued to fight through his struggles and seemed to gain a measure of confidence when he successfully threaded the needle on a 71-yard touchdown throw to Chris Godwin midway through the opening quarter. Winston's most prolific target on the afternoon would remain Godwin, with whom he connected for a second score from a yard out in the second quarter. Winston's resurgent performance included his eighth 300-yard effort of the season, but the persistent pattern of turnovers is still a concern. Winston will look to put together a completely clean performance in a Week 13 interconference battle against the in-state Jaguars.
Winston (ankle) practiced in full Wednesday, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
During the Bucs' Week 11 loss to the Saints, Winston sprained his left ankle when New Orleans defensive end Trey Hendrickson landed on his leg at the 5:24 mark of the fourth quarter. On the next play, Winston tossed his third of four interceptions on the day, with Marcus Williams taking the pick back 55 yards to the house. Because his practice reps remained intact Wednesday, Winston's health doesn't appear to be a question. On the other hand, he's thrown multiple picks in four of the last five games and leads the NFL with 18 interceptions, making him a risky play on a weekly basis.
Winston (ankle) didn't show any signs of injury at Wednesday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Winston came out of Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Saints with an ankle sprain, but he should be fine for Week 12 at Atlanta. It remains to be seen if the Bucs list him on their first injury report of the week, which will be released later Wednesday.
Winston said he expects to be fine after sustaining a medial left ankle sprain in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Saints, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Winston picked up the injury late in the contest, adding to a frustrating day in which he tossed four interceptions to bring his season total to an NFL-high 18. Fortunately for the signal-caller, he was able to move about the locker room Monday without the aid of a boot, suggesting the ankle issue isn't particularly worrisome. Tampa Bay may still restrict his practice reps this week as a result, however, so Winston's status will be worth tracking when the Buccaneers release their first injury report of Week 12 on Wednesday.
Winston completed 30 of 51 passes for 313 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions in the Buccaneers' 34-17 loss to the Saints on Sunday. He also rushed twice for 23 yards, recovered his own fumble, and came out of the contest with a potential ankle injury, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The outlook is bleak all the way around coming out of the loss for Winston, who further endangered his hold on the starting job with yet another multi-interception tally and then sustained the ankle injury near the end of the contest. Winston now has an NFL-high 18 interceptions, even though he's admittedly been the victim of some misfortune in terms of tipped passes that have been picked off. There's not been any official indication Winston is in danger of being pulled from the top job yet, but any quarterback with multiple picks in four of their last five games can't breathe easy. The Buccaneers did announce Saturday that Blaine Gabbert (shoulder) won't return this season, but Ryan Griffin is an alternative that Arians could opt to turn due to Winston's performance and/or injury issues Week 12 against a revitalized Falcons defense.
Winston completed 30 of 48 passes for 358 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the Buccaneers' 30-27 win over the Cardinals on Sunday. He also rushed three times for 40 yards and committed a fumble, but it was recovered by the offense.
Winston turned in what has become a signature performance for him, one featuring multiple sacks, multiple interceptions and plenty of passing yards. For a change, the Buccaneers were on the right side of the scoreboard by the final gun, as their beleaguered defense was able to come up with a stop on the Cardinals' last-gasp drive. Winston did suffer yet another interception off a deflection, but he also made a bad decision on his first one of the day. The pair of picks pushed Winston's season tally in that category to 14, and Sunday marked his fourth game this year with multiple interceptions. Winston also continued to demonstrate some atypical mobility, breaking free for his second run of at least 20 yards this season and finishing with his second-highest rushing yardage total of the campaign. The embattled 2015 first overall pick will look to clean up the mistakes when he faces an aggressive Saints defense Week 11.
Winston completed 29 of 44 passes for 335 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 40-34 overtime loss to the Seahawks on Sunday. He also rushed twice for eight yards and lost a fumble.
Winston managed to stay away from interceptions after throwing seven picks over the prior two games, but he lost the handle on a Mychal Kendricks sack early in the fourth quarter just inside Seattle territory. It was the embattled quarterback's eighth fumble of the season overall -- although he's only lost three of them -- and his 15th turnover of the campaign. Winston was otherwise excellent from a fantasy perspective, wracking up his third straight 300-yard performance and fifth overall in the last six games. He continued to demonstrate an elite level of chemistry with Mike Evans in particular, connecting with his No. 1 wideout on 12 occasions for 180 yards and one of his scores. Winston is providing fantasy managers with week-winning numbers, even as his team sinks further in the standings. He'll look to help generate a win alongside strong production against the Cardinals in Week 10.
Winston completed 21 of 43 passes for 301 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Buccaneers' 27-23 loss to the Titans on Sunday. He also rushed eight times for 53 yards and had three fumbles, losing two and recovering one.
The final line is a mixed bag from a fantasy perspective, but Winston was downright bad at times Sunday in a real-world football sense and was guilty of an inexcusable four turnovers. The mistake-prone quarterback did have the connection with Mike Evans in top form, as he hit his trusted wideout for 11 completions, 198 yards and a pair of touchdowns from nine and two yards out, respectively. Winston's second pick was particularly ill-timed, as it came at the Titans' 25-yard line with 26 seconds remaining, effectively sealing the Buccaneers' fate. Coach Bruce Arians had emphasized heading into the bye week that he hadn't considered benching Winston, but a second straight multi-interception effort and third consecutive game with sub-55.0-percent passing might lead to a reevaluation of that statement. Winston's next opportunity to right the ship comes Week 9 against the Seahawks.
Head coach Bruce Arians emphasized Monday that he isn't considering benching Winston, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
The question was bound to be asked after Winston doubled his season interception total to 10 with five picks and also lost a fumble against the Panthers on Sunday. Winston bought himself some slack with some impressive performances leading up to the debacle, and the fact current backup Ryan Griffin has yet to take his first regular-season snap helps Winston's case. However, when Blaine Gabbert (shoulder) potentially comes off injured reserve at some point after Week 9, Arians will have a more experienced arm to turn to should Winston continue to struggle.
Winston completed 30 of 54 passes for 400 yards with one touchdown and five interceptions in the Buccaneers' 37-26 loss to the Panthers on Sunday. He also threw a two-point conversion pass, had a two-point conversion rush and committed two fumbles, losing one.
The stat line says it all for Winston, who may have struck one of the sharpest contrasts between a real-world and fantasy performance in recent memory. The six turnovers are the obvious blemishes from a gameplay standpoint, and they effectively squashed any chance of the Buccaneers seriously threatening in this game past the first quarter. Three of Winston's interceptions came in the second half as the Buccaneers tried to overcome their self-inflicted wounds, with the final one transpiring with 21 seconds remaining and definitively ending any last hope Tampa may have had of mounting a comeback. There will surely be no shortage of questions for head coach Bruce Arians regarding the quarterback position over the upcoming two-week layoff, with Winston now having thrown eight interceptions and fumbling five times overall. Ryan Griffin, who's yet to take a regular-season snap in his career, is Winston's backup with Blaine Gabbert (shoulder) on injured reserve.
Winston completed 15 of 27 passes for 204 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 31-24 loss to the Saints on Sunday. He also rushed three times for 13 yards and fumbled once, although it was recovered by the offense.
Winston turned in a serviceable performance from a fantasy perspective, but Chris Godwin was the only one of his pass catchers with which he enjoyed any real chemistry. Mike Evans couldn't come up with any of the three targets Winston sent his way, and Bobo Wilson was the only other receiver to record a stat through the air. Meanwhile, Winston also benefited from having two interceptions wiped off the books by Saints penalties, underscoring how much difficulty the Buccaneers' passing game has establishing any real continuity. Winston will look to return to the stellar level of production he'd generated over the prior two games when the Bucs travel to London to take on the Panthers in Week 6.
Winston completed 28 of 41 passes for 385 passes with four touchdowns and one interception in the Buccaneers' 55-40 win over the Rams on Sunday. He also lost a yard on his sole rush.
Taking on the unbeaten defending NFC champions on the road, Winston showed thorough mastery of coach Bruce Arians' offense for the first time, helping the Buccaneers produce a franchise-record point tally. The fifth-year gunslinger was nearly flawless for the majority of the contest, but the pick-six he threw to Marcus Peters in the fourth quarter helped keep the game's outcome in the balance for a while longer. That mistake aside, Winston constantly was a step ahead of coordinator Wade Phillips' defense, showing particular chemistry with Chris Godwin, who overcame a hip injury to connect with Winston for 12 completions, 172 yards and two touchdowns. Winston also showed a propensity for answering when the Rams drew closer, hitting Mike Evans on a perfectly executed stop-and-go route for a 67-yard score early in the fourth quarter to extend Tampa's lead to 45-27 at the time. Winston now has thrown for a combined 685 yards and seven touchdown passes over his last two games and will look to extend his stellar stretch of play in a divisional road showdown versus the Saints in Week 5.
Winston completed 23 of 37 pass attempts for 380 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception during Sunday's 32-31 loss to the Giants.
Winston completed 62 percent of his pass attempts and averaged a healthy 10.3 yards per attempt thanks to some big gains through the air. He completed three touchdown passes to Mike Evans in the first half but his lone interception was equally important, coming while his team was marching toward the red zone in the fourth quarter. All in all, it was a much-improved performance from Winston, who averaged just 201 passing yards with three turnovers over the first two games. He'll face a tougher challenge on the road against the Rams next Sunday.
Winston practiced in full Wednesday but is listed on the injury report with a foot issue, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
Winston is fully expected to start Sunday versus the Giants, though his participation in practice Thursday and Friday will be worth monitoring. The nature and severity of his foot injury remain undisclosed. The 25-year-old quarterback managed to avoid any turnovers Week 2 versus the Panthers, and he will look to log another mistake-free game against New York.
Winston completed 16 of 25 passes for 208 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 20-14 win over the Panthers on Thursday. He also rushed four times for nine yards.
Although it was a sluggish offensive performance at times and Winston took three sacks, he managed to author two 70-yard-plus drives and a key 11-play fourth-quarter march as well. Winston showed his greatest synergy with Chris Godwin, with whom he connected on eight occasions for 121 yards. The fifth-year quarterback was also victimized by key drops, as neither Mike Evans nor Breshad Perriman could come down with strong throws they got their hands on in the end zone. Despite the rather ordinary fantasy night, Winston was able to remain free of interceptions after throwing three in the opener against the 49ers and did enough to lead the Buccaneers to a tough road win. He and his offensive teammates will now have some extra time to review their first two games in coach Bruce Arians' new offense before taking on the Giants in a Week 3 matchup a week from this coming Sunday.
Winston completed 20 of 36 passes for 194 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions in the Buccaneers' 31-17 loss to the 49ers on Sunday. He also rushed five times for 13 yards and had two fumbles, losing one.
Winston's regular-season debut in coach Bruce Arians' offense was pretty much an abject disaster by all accounts, with his one highlight a 10-yard touchdown pass to Chris Godwin to cap off an 11-play, 75-yard scoring march in the third quarter. Otherwise, Winston was under constant pressure and took three sacks overall while also throwing a pair of pick-sixes to Richard Sherman and Akello Witherspoon. In fairness, Winston's line would have looked somewhat better had either of the two touchdown passes he threw to Cameron Brate on a drive that straddled the first and second quarter counted, but each score was called back by penalty. Those tough-luck breaks aside, Winston still looks like he has plenty of work to do in order to run Arians' scheme in a much more efficient, mistake-free fashion. He'll look to make quick strides on a short turnaround, as the Buccaneers travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers in a Thursday night Week 2 tilt.
Winston completed nine of 19 passes for 88 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in the Buccaneers' 13-12 preseason win over the Browns on Friday. He also rushed twice for six yards.
Winston couldn't muster any scoring drives throughout his seven series, although the five sacks he took certainly didn't help him establish any continuity. The fifth-year signal-caller also was playing without top target Mike Evans (quadriceps), but he did have the rest of his first-team weapons at his disposal. The quality of competition also has to be figured into Winston's struggles, as the Browns are expected to have a top-tier defense in the coming season and were also giving their starters on that side of the ball an extended look. Winston's preseason work is most likely done, with Ryan Griffin and a likely imminent signee (in the wake of Blaine Gabbert's shoulder injury) projected to handle quarterback duties in next Thursday's exhibition finale against the Cowboys.
Winston completed two of four passes for 24 yards and added five yards on his sole rush in the Buccaneers' 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday.
Winston's time on the field was limited to the opening series for the second straight game, and he helped the Buccaneers reach the Dolphins' 30-yard line until suffering an 11-yard sack on his last play. Winston is likely to see much more extensive action in next week's third preseason tilt against the Browns, and he seems to have a sound grasp of coach Bruce Arians' offense thus far.
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