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Winston Ready For The Challenge

Jameis Winston spoke to the media Thursday and is ready to take on the division rival Atlanta Falcons

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a long, hard road to get back for the Buccaneers’ franchise quarterback, but Jameis Winston is ready to be under center and start his first game of the 2018 season.

When speaking with the media Thursday, Winston expressed his desire to beat Atlanta - a desire that started as a child;

“Every time I play Atlanta, I just imagine growing up in Bessemer, Alabama, being an hour away from Atlanta, seeing Michael Vick running around [doing] his thing. It’s always been a dream to compete against Atlanta and win against Atlanta. Definitely going back to Atlanta is like a home game for me. That’s how I view it because all my family, they come up. They show up and hopefully I’ll show out for them.”

Winston has had success in the unfriendly confines of the Dome, holding a 2-0 record as a starter. This game will be more interesting than most of the others in the past due to both teams’ failing defenses. This has “last one with the ball wins” written all over it and with the weapons the Bucs have, they stand a puncher’s chance despite being on the road.

This isn’t the 2017 Buccaneers. This is the 2018 Buccaneers that have been dominant (for the most part) offensively with the back-up Ryan Fitzpatrick. With Winston under center, they look to reignite the fire they had in the first three weeks and put the beating from the Bears deep in the rear view mirror.

Winston knows this team has changed and is excited about the potential. As for his own personal style of play, he knows what he needs to improve on - and focus on - compared to the 2017 season;

“I just think my mentality just to go out there and win for this team. If that’s taking 3-yard completions for the remainder of the game, if that’s having to hit a deep shot down the field, my main focus is just winning, not really stressing about anything. I just want to put my team in a good position to win.”

The test begins Sunday as to whether or not Winston can get the offense back on track - and if the 2018 Bucs truly are different than those in 2017.