Taking any quarterback in the NFL Draft is a gamble because of the huge difference between the college and pro game in these modern times.
And when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Jameis Winston with the first overall pick of the 2015 draft, they were taking a risk on a player who threw far too many interceptions at Florida State than he should have done.
Winston has thrown seven interceptions this season, which works out to one in 19 passes and is obviously too many for any quarterback to succeed over the long term. And Winston has spoken about his early struggles.
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Make Simple Plays
“We’ve got some great players around me on this team that can make plays,” Winston said during a call with the media ahead of this weekend's game, via the Tampa Bay Times.
"I’ve just got to protect the football. It really is that simple. You’ve just got to take the simple play. Give it to your back and let him make a big. You can’t put everything on yourself."
"Sometimes, they make good plays. … There are only so many ways you can sum up an interception, but at the same time, you’ve got to limit those," he went on to add.
The Bucs play the Jaguars this weekend and Jags quarterback Blake Bortles said that not putting everything on his own shoulders was an important lesson he learned as a rookie last year.
But Winston has to start being smarter with the football and learning when to just throw the ball away. He's not keeping the ball safe right now and it is hurting Tampa Bay in a big way.