Is Jameis Winston Ready For a Breakout Under Bruce Arians?


Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jameis Winston

Sep 01, 2019, 11:11 AM EDT
  • Jameis Winston has quietly improved in every season as a starter, but is he poised to be an upper-tier fantasy football quarterback in 2019?
  • Ian Hartitz analyzes what you can expect from the Buccaneers QB with Bruce Arians taking over in Tampa Bay.

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The fraternity of No. 1 overall draft picks understandably get a longer leash to find their footing in the NFL before being discarded by their respective franchises. This has been particularly true of Jameis Winston, who has flashed tantalizing upside and arm talent throughout his career … but also ranks behind only Blake Bortles in combined interceptions and fumbles since entering the league in 2015.

Talent has never been a question for the former five-star prospect, as Winston has largely looked the part of a franchise quarterback since Florida State. The problem is he’s just 21-33-0 after 54 starts with the Buccaneers.

Luckily for Winston-truthers everywhere (including myself), the artist formerly known as Famous Jameis has received one helluva last chance thanks to the team’s decision to hire former Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians.

Let’s breakdown what we should expect from the Winston-Arians’ partnership and determine what it means for Winston’s fantasy football value.


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