Bucs Jameis Winston carrying a historically heavy workload
Jameis Winston has been shouldering a heavy workload on his right shoulder. Historically heavy.
Since 1960, among first and second-year quarterbacks, only Drew Bledsoe (143 attempts) has thrown more than Winston's 142 passes in the first three games of the season.
"My job is just to do whatever coach Koetter asks me to do,'' Winston said. "Obviously, the way the games of been playing out, we have had to be in more paasing sitiutions. I just do what I'm coached to do. Go out there and try to get wins.''
Of course, there are reasons why Winston's pass attempts have been pumped up each week. The Bucs fell behind quickly at Arizona and Winston trieed to throw them back in the game to no avail. The Bucs lost 40-7.
Then in last Sunday's game against the Rams, Winston was sacked and lost a fumble. He was forced to take to the skies for 58 pass attempts.
"I think the first week is probably indicative of who we want to be,'' offensive coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken said. "Last year, being balanced. Obviously, being down at Arizona tends itself to scew it with out no huddle stuff. And really, this past week, if you look statistically in the first half, we had 33 snaps. We were pretty balanced. And then obviously, the second half, we had the drive and they got the strip-fumble. So now when you get behind two scores, and the time is running down...but I don't think anybody would say you want to be a team that's throwing it as much as we've had to throw it. But I have been proud of our guys and I've been proud of Jameis and how he's responded and kept competing.''