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Lovie Smith hints Jameis Winston will Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting QB

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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.

But, as we reported last week, the Bucs haven't been treating the former Heisman winner like a number one pickup, instead having him split time playing with the first string with Tampa Bay's other QB, Mike Glennon.

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Jameis the Starter?

However, Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith may have just dropped a bombshell regarding the Buccaneers' starting quarterback situation.

According to a report from Justin Pawloski of, Smith referred to Glennon as the backup while answering a question about Winston splitting reps so far in OTA's and 11-on-11 drills.

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"I have a plan and a part of that plan is for Jameis to get a certain amount of reps with certain guys," Lovie Smith said when asked about giving Jameis Winston as many reps as possible.

"He’s gone with the ones, he’s gone with the twos. At the same time it’s not just about Jameis. We need to get our backup quarterback ready too.”

Whilst normally it would be no surprise that the number one overall pick would become an instant starting QB, things seemed to be going differently at Tampa Bay, with some people claiming that Glennon is actually outperforming Jameis so far in OTA's.

In fact, previous quotes from Pawloski said that Winston is still a bit behind is more experienced teammate.

"Now that being said, right now Mike Glennon looks, to me, like the better quarterback… He’s hitting a higher percentage of his passes," he said. "In the practices I have seen, Mike Glennon looks like the slightly better quarterback." 


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