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Jameis Winston made to play on Tampa Bay Buccaneers second string

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their fans will certainly be excited to see what the 2015 season has in store for them.

After a terrible year that saw them land the worst record in the entire National Football League, the Bucs tried to remedy their worries by using the first overall pick on quarterback Jameis Winston out of Florida State.

Winston is a former Heisman winning quarterback and looks set to become the Bucs starting quarterback from the get-go, but Lovie Smith and the Buccaneers aren't treating their newest star that way.

Winston Demoted

According to a report from Greg Auman and Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times, Smith demoted Winston to working with the second string offense yesterday.

In his place, third year veteran Mike Glennon worked as a starter, running with the Buccaneers first team offense alongside the likes of Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. 

No Need For Panic

But don't worry Tampa Bay fans, this isn't anything permanent. According to Lovie Smith, this is some sort of faux 'he has to earn the right to be the starter' nonsense when we all know that Winston is going to be under center on day one against the Titans. 

"Jameis and everybody else have to earn their position," coach Smith said after Thursday's drills. "Jameis is getting his first-team reps. You guys are here on Thursday, and Wednesday he was with the first group then. Don't look too much into that.

We just want the guys we think can play to get reps, and we want them to work with a lot of different combinations. Jameis is right on schedule. We're not disappointed or anything like that in him."

It’s good that they cleared that up, and that there wasn’t an underlying problem. Thankfully Winston doesn't have too big of an ego and seemed to cope fine with the day spent as a backup.

“I was never given anything in my life, so the way I was brought up, I have to earn everything,” Winston said. “The main thing is to earn the respect of all these players out here.”


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