The Tampa Bay Buccaneers invested a lot in wide receiver DeSean Jackson last offseason. He didn’t have the best season, and his quarterback seems to believe he’s at least partly to blame.
On Friday, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston vowed to do better by Jackson, responding to an article questioning Jackson’s future with the organization with a defiant pledge.
— Jameis Winston (@Jaboowins) April 6, 2018
Jackson made $12.5 million last year, but delivered only 50 catches, 668 yards, and three touchdowns. Only his injury-hit 2015 was worse from a statistical standpoint. For his part, Jackson has voiced a willingness to work things out with Winston as well, so it seems that will be a priority heading into 2018.
The Carolina Panthers added insult to injury on Sunday after beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Carolina came back from down 19-15 to win 22-19 after scoring a with 39 seconds left. The win helped them clinch a playoff spot, which is a big deal. Carolina was obviously celebrating that fact, but they also took a jab at Bucs QB Jameis Winston via Twitter.
Check out this tweet they sent:
We ate the "W" pic.twitter.com/3Oevmx0DFa
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) December 24, 2017
“Ate the W” is a reference to Winston, who talked about eating a W during a recent pregame speech.
Winston was widely mocked for his oddball speech, and now the Panthers are rubbing it in his face. Ouch.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter is one of several names to watch on the hot seat heading into the offseason, and it’s fair to wonder if Jameis Winston would be happy to see him go.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the relationship between Winston and Koetter is currently not a very strong one. The two are apparently having both on- and off-field issues.
“I’m told the relationship between Jameis Winston and Koetter is not in a good place,” Rapoport said. “There is definitely some tension there. The reason why is actually two-fold. One, Winston didn’t feel fully supported as it relates to his injury. People didn’t know what he was playing through and how that contributed to his performance. Then, there are questions about just how predictable the offense is.”
Winston has been dealing with a painful shoulder injury for a good portion of the season, and that could have a lot to do with why he has not played well. If Rapoport’s report is accurate, he may feel that Koetter should have spent more time relaying that to the media as his quarterback was being criticized.
You can’t blame Koetter for being frustrated with Winston’s lack of progression over the past two years, whether injuries have played a role or not. If you remember, the coach aired some of that frustration publicly last year. That may not have sat well with Winston, either.
The Bucs are 4-8 this season after finishing 9-7 a year ago, so they have taken a step back. Would a healthy Winston have made a big difference? We’ll never know, and Koetter may not be around in 2018 to find out.
- Dirk Koetter
The 4-7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers will need a miracle if they want to somehow qualify for the playoffs, and getting their starting quarterback back on the field Sunday should help.
On Wednesday, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter announced that Jameis Winston has been cleared to play against the Green Bay Packers. Winston injured his shoulder in Week 6 and aggravated it again in Week 9. He suffered no structural damage and has been undergoing platelet-rich plasma treatments — also known as blood spinning — in recent weeks.
Ryan Fitzpatrick has started the last three games for Tampa Bay and played decent, with the Bucs beating the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins but losing to the Atlanta Falcons last weekend. They really couldn’t afford another loss if they wanted to stay in the postseason hunt, and they basically have to win out now.
Winston’s play had been disappointing this season before he suffered the shoulder injury. The third-year pro has thrown just 10 touchdown passes compared to six interceptions and has a passer rating of 87.3, which is about the same mark he has had since entering the NFL. The Bucs were hoping Winston would take a leap in his third season, so you could say the injury was a big obstacle.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be fighting for a wild card spot down the stretch, and Jameis Winston may be able to help them do that in the near future.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Winston has received platelet-rich plasma treatments in his injured shoulder and is getting close to making his return.
“I’m told a couple weeks ago he had PRP injections — platelet-rich plasma treatment — in other words, blood spinning,” Rapoport said. “[It is] something that is used often, especially by high-profile athletes, during rehab to quicken the recovery. It takes about two weeks to take hold for Winston. He does have an MRI on Monday and the team is holding out hope before saying anything. They want to find out the actual terms and what happens during the MRI, but I am told he feels great, looks great, and his return is coming.”
Winston injured his shoulder in Week 6 and aggravated it again in Week 9. An MRI revealed no structural damage, but the injury is to the quarterback’s throwing shoulder and is likely causing issues with pain management.
All signs indicate the Bucs are not going to shut Winston down for the season. While he is under NFL investigation after a woman claims he sexually assaulted her, no disciplinary action is expected for Winston (if there is any) until next season.
The attorney representing the woman who has accused Jameis Winston of sexually assaulting her during an Uber ride is quite familiar with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, as he also represented the woman who says Winston raped her back in 2012 at Florida State. And on Sunday, the lawyer came out firing.
John Clune, who represented Erica Kinsman in her lawsuit against Winston, wrote a series of tweets Sunday after Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby came to Winston’s defense. Darby, who played college ball with Winston at Florida State, says he was also in the Uber car at the time of the alleged incident. Clune insists that is a lie.
And to be clear, no one else was in the car besides Mr. Winston and if anyone is “confused”, it isn’t the Uber driver.
Mr. Winston's friend from his FSU days is just making things worse by inserting himself into this.
— John Clune (@CluneEsq) November 19, 2017
We have asked the NFL this morning to investigate Mr. Darby and are demanding the he immediately turn his phone over to the NFL so the GPS history can be forensically examined.
— John Clune (@CluneEsq) November 19, 2017
Clune confirmed that he has been retained by the Uber driver, though he did not say if the woman would be pressing charges or filing a lawsuit. The attorney said the alleged victim’s only goal is to “put other women on notice of this unacceptable behavior as so many other women have recently done.”
Winston has vehemently denied that anything inappropriate happened during the Uber ride, and Darby said he was in the back seat with Winston at the time the driver claims a man grabbed her without consent. There have been differing accounts of how many people were in the car, with the driver saying it was only her and Winston and that Winston was in the passenger seat.
The incident is currently being investigated by the NFL. As of now, the Uber driver has not gone to police.
It sounds like Jameis Winston will return this season, and sooner rather than later.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback is “another week or two” from returning to action and will be re-evaluated Monday, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.
#Bucs doctors have not cleared Jameis Winston to resume throwing again. Will re-evaluate today but will most likely be another week or two.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) November 20, 2017
Winston has been given a rest in November after a shoulder injury nagged him for much of the year. It remains to be seen how much the rest will help him and heal the injury, but the Buccaneers are showing no inclination to shut him down for the entire season, though things will certainly depend on how the re-evaluation checks out for him.