TAMPA, Fla. -- The two guys who are likely to catch most of Jameis Winston's passes had plenty of praise for the rookie quarterback Thursday.
"He throws a good ball," Evans said. "He goes through his reads and makes the right decisions."
Winston has been sharing first-team reps with third-year pro Mike Glennon during organized team activities.
"They’re both making good throws, one after another," Evans said. "So it looks like they’re competing. They’re just making good throws. They split the first-team reps from time to time, so I guess most people think it’s a competition."
But make no mistake, it’s only a matter of time before Winston is running the show. He was the first overall pick in the draft, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t bring him in to sit on the bench.
Winston’s arrival is good news for Jackson and Evans. Despite poor play at quarterback last season, each had more than 1,000 receiving yards. Both are 6-foot-5, and Winston was most successful in college when throwing to a big target in Kelvin Benjamin.
"He’s very dynamic," Jackson said. "He puts the touch on it when he needs to, but he will sling it. He will fire it across when he knows it’s a tight window. He’s only going to continue to get better. You see his competitiveness. He doesn’t want to miss a throw. He comes out here every day and works on his craft."
Although Winston was known for his gregarious personality in college, Jackson said the quarterback has been a little shy in the locker room.
"Despite being at the quarterback position, a rookie is a rookie," Jackson said. "They’re going to be a little bashful and a little quiet and learn their way around and how things operate. He’s done a great job. He has a great sense of humor and a great demeanor about him. He comes out on the field and he takes command of a huddle, and that’s the most important thing. He’s a great guy in the locker room, and he gets along with everybody. He brings a good energy for us."