Jameis Winston no longer has a starting job. He still has a lot of confidence.
“I know what I’m worth,” Winston recently told Tyler Dunne of BleacherReport.com. “And I know day after day, without going publicly and saying it, that I have historically been one of the best quarterbacks to play the game.”
And now he’s come out publicly and said it. He said more publicly.
“Do I feel like I’m better than a lot of starting quarters in this league?” Winston said. ” I do. But God has a plan that I haven’t even thought of yet. I have to respect this game first. Respect is earned. ”
Winston will have to do something to gain another starting job, thanks to his performance of 30 interceptions in 2019, which highlights his propensity to try to do more than he can.
“I have been a winner all my life,” said Winston. “Little football league. Middle school. Secondary school. University. Obviously, the NFL is a little more difficult. But I was a winner. I don’t want to be seen as a loser. It will come. It will happen. It’s something that I’ve fought all my life. Build up this. ”
Winston had a chance to keep his starting job in Tampa. At the dawn of the last two weeks of the 2019 season, Winston and the Bucs had won four in a row, bringing the team record to 7-7. And then he collapsed for Winston and the Bucs, with four interceptions against the Texans and two against the Falcons, including a choice of six in overtime which ended Winston’s year and career in Tampa.
“If people think I’m just going to stop and give up because of a few lost seasons, it never will be,” said Winston. “It is not over for me. ”
He resents his current perception of being an exhausted passerby.
“I’m 26,” Winston told Dunne. “There are people who talk about me like I’m a stranded old quarterback. As if I was 40 years old! I have so much life. I have so much energy, man. . . . It’s not over for me. ”
So what to expect?
“Expect to see the national championship rookie of the year, the quarterback winner of the Heisman Trophy being the best version of himself, taking care of football, bombing the ball on the field, throwing the touchdown after touchdown, leading the pack and being cool like the other side of the pillow, “said Winston.
Caring for football is key, and Winston realizes he has to learn how to throw the ball. His inability to do so left him without a starting job; before having another, he will have to prove that he is a different player from him.