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Cards' Arians sees 'unbelievable potential' in Jameis Winston

Bucs QB Jameis Winston, shown after Thursday's loss to the Patriots, has "unbelievable potential" according to Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.

LOREN ELLIOTT | TIMES

Bucs QB Jameis Winston, shown after Thursday's loss to the Patriots, has "unbelievable potential" according to Cardinals coach Bruce Arians.

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The Bucs' 40-7 loss at Arizona may have been a low point of last season, but as Tampa Bay prepares to go back this week, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians sees a major difference in this year's Bucs team.

"The playmakers they have on offense -- adding DeSean (Jackson), Mike (Evans) is getting better every game, (Cameron) Brate, O.J. Howard and just the emergence in that Jameis (Winston) just keeps growing," Arians said. "Offensively, I think growth, and getting Doug Martin back helps."

Winston's lowest-rated effort in his 36 career games came in last year's loss at Arizona -- a 39.8 rating, matching his career high with four interceptions with only one touchdown pass in 52 attempts. Winston only has three interceptions in his first four games this season -- none in the last two -- and Arians likes what he's seen.

"Growth and unbelievable potential, how good he can be," Arians said. "I've known him a long time and I'm really proud of his growth. He's just going to get better and better."

Arians said he and Dirk Koetter have been friends for a long time as longtime NFL offensive assistants, and Koetter -- who once was head coach at Arizona State -- even went to Arizona to play in Arians' charity golf tournament this past spring.

"Dirk's one of the best -- we have a lot of mutual friends, and I have a ton of respect," Arians said. "One of the best play-callers, I think, in the business."

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11:46am]

    

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