Jameis Winston had a very good debut as a second-year quarterback on Sunday. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers completed 23 of 33 passes for 281 yards, four touchdowns, one interception and no sacks against the Atlanta Falcons. Winston currently leads the NFL in touchdowns.
Those are the traditional statistics, which look impressive enough. The advanced statistics actually seem to like Winston’s performance even better. Football Outsiders credited him with the fourth-best performance of the week.
First quarter: 3-of-7 for 15 yards, no first downs, one interception, one DPI for 25 yards. Second quarter: 14-of-17 for 136 yards, two touchdowns, and five other first downs. Third quarter: 5-of-7 for 125 yards, with two touchdowns and two other first downs. Fourth quarter: 1-of-2, 5 yards, one first down.
Other analysts, statistical or otherwise, agreed. ESPN’s Total QBR, which uses a mixture of statistical analysis and game charting, has him ranked as the best quarterback in week one.
Similarly, Pro Football Focus graded Jameis Winston’s performance against the Falcons at 85.6, the highest grade in that game, and the fourth-highest quarterback grade of the week.
That’s a pretty good start to the season for Jameis Winston, who did struggle in the first quarter before calming down and dominating the rest of the way. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come this year. It’d be nice to finally have a consistent, dominant quarterback in Tampa.