The Tampa Bay Buccaneers weren’t the most efficient red zone team last year, ranking fifth in yardage but just 20th in scoring. Still, Jameis Winston managed 28 touchdowns passing and rushing last year, which was well above what we expected. Red zone football can be very challenging for any offense, as the field is shortened and defenders can safely squat on short routes. Oftentimes, quarterbacks have to make tight-window throws with anticipation to get in the endzone — and Winston delivered time and time again, as we can see in this breakdown by Samuel Gold.
Winston’s ability to hit receivers with anticipation and in tiny windows stands out consistently, as do a few improvisational plays. The Bucs need to get better in the red zone, and Winston showed he can be a productive player in that area of the field.
At the same time, Winston needs to limit his interceptions. He had a few too many last year, and got lucky with a few dropped interceptions as well. Pressure was a factor in many of those interceptions, while he also missed the presence of underneath defenders repeatedly. Those are correctable mistakes, though, and Gold believes, after breaking down Winston’s interceptions, that he should be much better in that department this season.
Give those videos a watch, as Gold does a good job of breaking down Winston’s overall game and the specifics of a few key plays. You can follow Samuel Gold on Twitter.