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Jameis Winston says he wants to do "the simple things" in long interview

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Peter King of The MMQB talked to Jameis Winston about his rookie season, what he learned and what he's going to improve on this offseason. The quarterback talked a whole lot, so go over there and read the whole thing. This quote stood out the most to me, though:

"One important thing I learned: When you turn the ball over in the NFL, you don't know when you are going to get that chance back. At Florida State, I knew that I was going to get that chance back, because we were one of the better teams in college football. We were going to get another chance, so that turnover wouldn't kill us. Whereas in the NFL, everyone is good, so you never know when you are going to get that chance back. In the NFL, you have to take advantage of every opportunity that you get, and if you don't, you'll usually lose."

Winston repeatedly mentions doing "the simple things" and not trying to win the game on every play. "When I first got into this league I tried to bring that mentality that every play is going to be a big play. But now I think that this play might be the play that determines the outcome of this game."

That's a lesson that Winston seemed to learn quickly, a little surprisingly given that it was his number one on-field concern coming out of college. He threw far too many easy interceptions at FSU, and had a few of those early in his career with the Bucs, too -- but he eliminated most of those throws the rest of the way, which is a promising sign for the future.

Winston also mentions his work in the community, his wanting to work on footwork and mechanics this offseason, his leadership, and how the coaches and players have helped him transition to the NFL. Give it a read.