The Jameis Winston Watch


TAMPA, Fla. -- For the second straight day, rookie quarterback Jameis Winston got off to a rocky start.

The No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft was intercepted by Alterraun Verner on the first play of 11-on-11 drills Tuesday. Two plays later, he was intercepted by linebacker Lavonte David. That followed Monday’s session in which Winston threw three interceptions in his first seven pass attempts.

But the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t worried about Winston.

"He needs to go through all of this," coach Lovie Smith said. "We’re giving him different looks every day. We’re asking him to do different plays every day. He’s bouncing back. As a quarterback, that’s life."

In college, Winston often became animated when he made mistakes. But he shook off the interceptions.

"It’s just new," Winston said. "Coming out here, excited, you’re going to make some mistakes. The thing is to bounce back and to keep moving forward. You don’t think (about) the negatives. It’s about getting better every day."

Winston settled down after the interceptions. Overall, he unofficially was 12 of 19 in 11-on-11 drills and nine of 11 in seven-on-seven drills while often checking down to second and third receivers.

"The biggest adjustment is checking down," Winston said. "Sometimes you’ve got to nickel and dime down the field and make quick decisions."

Smith said Winston needs to continue to work on checking down if his first option isn’t there.

"You want to always push the ball down the field," Smith said. "But, if it’s not open, there’s a second read and possibly a third read to go to. Check down is normally a part of that. As we continue to go, that’s what we want our quarterbacks to do every snap. If it’s not there and you don’t feel like you can get it in there, check it down. There’s nothing wrong with getting positive yards."

Winston said the interceptions have been a learning experience.

"You’ve got to get better every single day," Winston said. "No one is perfect. That’s the thing about football. You’ve got to find your corrections and make adjustments."