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Jameis Winston on 620: 'Very elated' to have Martin back



Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston hasn't talked much since the firing of coach Lovie Smith in January, save a lengthy interview with SI's Peter King. He had a short interview on 620-AM on Thursday, talking about his upcoming youth football camp at Sunlake High in Land O'Lakes and more:

-- On his growing into a leadership role with the Bucs even as a young quarterback:

"I just have great teammates. I have great teammates that come in, day in and day out, and they push me to want great outcomes for this organizations. I'm so happy to get Doug (Martin) back. I believe we've got all the pieces there. We just have to get over that hump and I believe we will."

-- On how he's processing the decision to fire Lovie Smith and promote Dirk Koetter:

"I was so blessed to be able to spend that one year with him. I learned so much, just from an accountability standpoint. He's a great mentor. He's a great coach, and I will continue to have a good relationship with that great man."

-- But he's excited for the familiarity that comes with Koetter being his head coach now:

"Absolutely. Coach K brought that swag back to the offense. We got things going early and I'm very happy to have him as our head coach."

-- On Koetter's frankness and candor, both with media and with players:

"Me and him had an encounter early in camp. We were watching film and talking about plays, and he said 'Jameis, you need to worry about yourself.' I was kind of caught offguard, but he said 'Worry about yourself.'"

-- If he's still developing and learning as an NFL quarterback:

"You have to learn every year. You have to learn every day. Everything is a learning experience. You can never be there yet."

-- On Bucs QBs coach Mike Bajakian's influence on his progress last year:

"He pushed me.  He pushed me so hard. I can't really say (enough) because he helped me so much, developing my game. At Florida State, I was taught well, but Coach Bajakian's mentality, his consistent drive, it pushed me how hard he was working, it pushed me to work even harder."

-- On his receiving corps with Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson back and whether he'd like to add another receiver:

"I'm excited for the season. Our guys are excited. You should see their faces when we're out there working. Some of the guys (said) 'We don't remember working with our quarterback this early.' We're definitely building chemistry with everyone. I'm excited in general and ready for the season."

-- On the Bucs' offseason moves, including bringing Doug Martin back with a $35-million extension:

"Yes, very elated."

[Last modified: Thursday, March 17, 2016 12:26pm]


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