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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Jameis Winston

Report: Jameis Winston preparing to be suspended

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston is preparing to be suspended by the NFL, according to a report.

Jeff Cameron, a host on 97.9 FM ESPN Radio in Tallahassee, said on air Wednesday that Winston will be suspended in connection to his 2016 Uber incident. Cameron’s comments were shared and transcribed by Bucs website JoeBucsFan.com.

“What he’ll be suspended over is a failure to report,” Cameron said, via JoeBucsFan.com. “And that’s frustrating. That’s a league obviously attempting, and understandably because they’ve made previous missteps, transgressions, they’re now apt to protect themselves to the nth degree and protect the shield and so on and so forth.

“… The league can’t worry about what’s real and what isn’t. They have to go by perception and PR and protect themselves.

“This is what I do know: The Winston camp is prepared for the NFL to levy a suspension of some kind. The thought from the Winston camp is that would be a maximum of three games. I do not know at this time whether or not they plan to appeal, and I do not know that three games is an accurate number. I’ve been told that would seem to be the maximum number of games that the suspension could be. It’s also likely that it’s less than that and it’s one game.”

Winston, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, was accused of sexually assaulting an Uber driver in Arizona in March 2016. Winston has said the accusations are false and there is even a dispute about the woman’s account of the what happened.

Winston faced numerous off-field issues during his time at Florida State, most notably a sexual assault allegation for which he was never criminally charged, though he did face a civil suit. Winston was suspended multiple times in college but he has not been suspended since turning pro.

Jameis Winston, girlfriend Breion Allen get engaged

Jameis Winston

A very busy offseason got a little more exciting for Jameis Winston over the weekend, as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback announced that he and his longtime girlfriend are engaged.

Winston announced on social media Sunday morning that he proposed to his girlfriend Breion Allen.

The announcement comes just months after Winston and Allen revealed they are expecting their first child together.

Allen and Winston have been together for several years, and she stayed with the star QB through the disturbing allegations he faced at Florida State. Winston is hoping to finally take a big leap in his fourth NFL season with the Bucs, and it sounds like he will be plenty busy off the field as well.

Jameis Winston says he will make better use of DeSean Jackson in 2018

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.

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.

Carolina Panthers troll Jameis Winston on Twitter after win

Jameis Winston eat W

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:

“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.

Report: Relationship between Jameis Winston, Dirk Koetter ‘not in a good place’

Jameis Winston

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.

Jameis Winston to start in Week 13 vs. Packers

Jameis Winston

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.

Jameis Winston reportedly undergoing plasma treatment, close to returning

Jameis Winston

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.