Former Green Bay Packers Center Evan Smith has said in a recent interview Jameis Winston reminds him of a ‘very young’ Aaron Rodgers.
Smith has been a part of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since last season. Prior to that, he was with Rodgers at the Packers. When he sees similarities between the two-time NFL MVP and his new rookie quarterback, he isn’t afraid to state them despite the fact the season hasn’t even begun.
He said in an interview with Yahoo Sports: "I've only been around two other quarterbacks. I played with one who was really good. He reminds me of a very young version of him.
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"Jameis hasn't taken a snap yet in this league. When I first got to Green Bay, you could see the talent there, you could see Aaron was starting to take off as a superstar. You can tell Jameis has that potential."
This isn’t too surprising, after all, Winston was selected by the Buccaneers as the first overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, so he should be showing some sort of excellent quality. Most people have reflected on his off-field studies, rather than his throwing arm, and Smith recognises that too.
He said: “"You see it with the brains. You definitely see the arm talent. That's one thing that will jump off the film at you. He obviously has a baseball background, and he knows how to throw it. But the anticipation on his throws is something that really wows you.
“Sometimes we watch film and say, 'Wow that was a really good throw.'"
Winston has said he stays up often till 1:30am reading the playbook, blurting out scenarios to his wide receiver roommate Kenny Bell. This off-field study dedication has earned him a lot of respect by the Buccaneers franchise.
Will he be able to transfer this excellent book knowledge into on-field knowledge come week one against the Tennessee Titans? It will be a clash of the two 2015 Draftee quarterbacks in that game, as Winston takes on Marcus Mariota.
Let’s hope there isn’t a repeat of the Rose Bowl from back in January this year where the former Florida State Seminoles quarterback had that horrible fumble against the Oregon Ducks.