2017 Grade: .493
2017 3rd Down: .389
Week 2 vs. Chicago: The Buccaneers offense came out of the gates looking like a well-oiled machine. This Bears defense was lauded for slowing 2016’s best offense (Atlanta) in week one, but Jameis Winston would have none of that. He missed three throws, but was otherwise on time and accurate. He anticipates so well, he throws a tight spiral with good touch, and he can maneuver in the pocket with the best of them. When he doesn’t make the bone-headed mistake, he’s extremely difficult to defend.
Week 3 at Minnesota: Winston was undone by the turnover bug once again. The throws he can make between the numbers, over the linebackers and underneath the safeties, is among the best in the business. He can carve up teams for chunk yardage, and he did it against the Vikings, but the three of four bad decisions/throws he makes every week gives the defense an opportunity to put the Bucs away – and that’s just what the Vikings did.
Week 4 vs. NY Giants: Inconsistencies are part of the game for most quarterbacks, and Jameis Winston is no different. His mechanics were off and, as a result, so was his accuracy in this contest. Short hopping throws, floating passes to the perimeter and just flat out missing on a number of plays, this wasn’t his best game. However, he saved the performance when the game was on the line, registering seven points on the final seven drop backs.
Week 5 vs. New England: I commended Jameis for trusting his eyes in the pre-season and early on in 2017. In this game, he locked on targets (GIF below allows the single high safety to come all the way over for a should-have-been-INT), threw with poor anticipation, neglected open receivers and was not accurate. He saved his score with an impressive final two series, but it was a tad too late at that point.