Will Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Jameis Winston Avoid a Sophomore Slump?

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03: Cortland Finnegan #26 of the Carolina Panthers tries to get a hand on Jameis Winston #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2nd quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Jameis Winston had a strong and encouraging rookie season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston earned a Pro Bowl appearance and totaled 4,042 passing yards, which is third most by a rookie in NFL history.

Winston is now focused on coming back even better and more prepared for his sophomore season. Winston has been heavily focused on his conditioning this offseason to keep his body in shape for the upcoming season.

Winston made sure to have a structured plan this offseason to condition his body as he acknowledged many rookies lack a actual plan in the offseason heading into their second seasons. “I heard from around the league that most rookies that come in, if they have a great year, they don’t have a plan for the offseason,” Winston said. ” I had never handled an actual offseason before. I wanted to have a plan, and I didn’t want there to be any excuse for any decline.”

A major part of Winston’s offseason plan was altering his diet by eating smarter with healthier snack choices. “I try to eat the healthier potato chips like Sun Chips and the kettle cooked chips,” Winston said. “But instead of eating them for a snack at night, I just moved that up with lunch. That was very helpful — eating at the right time of day.”

Wide receiver Mike Evans has praised Winston’s work ethic and is excited for the development of this duo for years to come. “It’s just crazy for a guy so young,” Evans said of Winston. “It’s amazing; I’ve never seen a work ethic like his yet.”

Buccaneers quarterback coach Mike Bajakian continues to like what he sees in the development of his young quarterback and especially in his work ethic as well. “Frankly, Jameis is real,” Bajakian said. “In my experiences with him, when he says he’s going to do something, he does it. You can take him at face value for sure. I trust what he says to me,” stated Bajakian.

The Buccaneers have high hopes for Winston and they should after his performance and leadership in his rookie season. It should not be too long before the Buccaneers are back in the playoff conversation with a dedicated Winston leading the way.

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