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Jameis Winston’s one of the most aggressive passers around

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Winston loves to push the ball down the field.

NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Jameis Winston’s an aggressive passer. That should be obvious to anyone who’s watched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play, including head coach Dirk Koetter—who has some mixed opinions on all those risky passes. I like them, though: it’s a lot easier to be successful with an overly aggressive passer than with one who refuses to make tough throws.

No surprise, then, that Football Outsiders ranked Jameis Winston as the fifth-most aggressive quarterback for ESPN, based on third-down throws. Winston lows to take shots, after all.

Both Winston and Newton averaged more than 10.0 air yards per pass attempt and love to throw to tall receivers, but they also had the two highest rates of off-target throws in 2016, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Winston should continue to be an aggressive passer after the Buccaneers added DeSean Jackson and rookie tight end O.J. Howard this offseason.

Yeah, those two additions aren’t going to make him any less aggressive with the football. They might lead to better results on those throws, though--not just on those that go to them, but through the space that they’ll create for other receivers.

Last season, Winston was an aggressive passer with one receiver who’s a good target for those kinds of throws: Mike Evans. This year Winston has more options, should have more space on old options, and has an added year of experience. Can’t wait to see what comes of that.