Here’s an interesting statistic: Jameis Winston is the most aggressive passer in the NFL, if we measure aggressiveness by depth of target. That’s per Pro Football Focus’ charting.
In his nine games, quarterback Jameis Winston’s average depth of target is 11.2 yards downfield, the highest mark among starting quarterbacks this year.
This tells us a few things. For one, it means that Winston still isn’t finding his checkdowns as consistently as he can be. There are often some easy throws for short gains that he leaves on the field to go for riskier down-the-field passes.
For two: Winston is and always will be an aggressive passer. For better or worse, he will try to push the ball down the field. It’s part of why he’s both so productive, and so turnover prone—although he hasn’t been bad in the interception department this season, he has fumbled the ball too much, in part because he holds on to the ball too long to try to find players down the field.
None of this is new, of course, and most of it is just a matter of style. This is who the Bucs drafted: an aggressive, down-the-field passer who will try to make the most of every play, but will also end up turning the ball over a little too much. That’s not a problem: it also describes some highly successful quarterbacks like Brett Favre, Ben Roethlisberger and even Drew Brees. Winston will just have to focus on reining in his turnovers just a little, and getting a little more productive on those downfield throws.