The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are really happy with Jameis Winston’s improvement this preseason, and one reason is the numbers they’re seeing. Head coach Dirk Koetter said that Winston’s accuracy in practice went up by a whopping 10% compared to last year
“Well, the percentages would say that. The numbers we keep in practice are up about that same percent – about 10 percent higher than he was in training camp last year. There’s a big enough body of throws in there that if you were a stat guy, you could probably say that.”
Those numbers fit with what we’ve seen in the preseason games, too. Winston’s completed 71.4% of his preseason passes so far, while he managed just 59.1% last season. Winston at this point had also turned over the ball twice, while he hasn’t given the ball away once so far.
That doesn’t Winston is having a perfect preseason, he had two terrible decisions against the Jacksonville Jaguars that nearly led to turnovers, but he still looks like a much-improved quarterback this year. And that’s without really taking advantage of DeSean Jackson’s speed.
If Winston can keep this level of play up, the Bucs should be in for a really good year. And they’ll finally be able to say that they have a top 10 quarterback, and one who will stick around for a long time, too.