Friday, April 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs' Winston says he second-guesses choice of FSU over Stanford

TAMPA — Some people may want to take a Tomahawk Chop at Jameis Winston when they hear this.

On a conference call with San Francisco bay area writers Wednesday, Winston indicated he still second-guesses his decision to choose Florida State over Stanford when he was recruited by both out of high school.

Winston's regret still exists despite him winning the 2013 Heisman Trophy and national championship with the Seminoles and becoming the No. 1 overall pick by the Bucs in the 2015 draft.

"It was really me just not really knowing how prestigious Stanford really was," Winston said. "I look back all the time and see how if I went to Stanford what way my life could have turned. But, you know, you make your decisions and you go with them and you own them."

Winston said he was "blown away" by his visit to Palo Alto and came "very close" to picking Stanford when learned he had been accepted to the prestigious university by coach David Shaw in 2011.

"Yeah, I mean, just because Stanford is a great school," Winston said when asked to confirm he would like a do-over of his college choice. "You are who you place yourself around. I would have just loved the opportunity to go to Stanford and be around some of my friends out there."

Winston's career at FSU was eventually tarnished by off-field issues and an accusation of sexual assault for which he was never charged.

UNSURE WHAT TO EXPECT: The Bucs went 2-4 in the games missed by WR Vincent Jackson due to injury last season, equipped with mostly first-year players in an attempt to replace his considerable production.

But not much has changed, and with Jackson on injured reserve with an ACL problem, coach Dirk Koetter isn't really sure what to expect Sunday at San Francisco.

"I don't think you ever really know — I could stand up here and say whatever I want, but we're not a whole lot more experienced than we were, other than Adam (Humphries)," Koetter said. "Adam's the same as Jameis, he's a year and a third into his career. But first just going back to Vincent: Of course when you lose a guy like Vincent to your team, he means a lot to our team because of the kind of pro he is, the kind of player he is and the kind of man he is.

"What's really amazing about that is Vincent himself doesn't even really know when he got hurt in that game. He finished that game and was a big part of that final drive in the Carolina game. So how we absorb what Vincent does will be a little bit of a work in progress. We're working on that this week. We made a couple moves, there might be some more moves to be made. I can't give you a great answer to that other than, as in all injuries, even though injuries are horrible, the show goes on."

In addition to Humphries, the Bucs added two receivers to the practice field this week: Cecil Shorts, who was out more than a month with a hamstring strain; and Dontaae Dye, who was re-signed after being waived injured with a hamstring injury in August.

MR. RODGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD: Bucs RB Jacquizz Rodgers is not only headed back to Pac 12 country when the Bucs play at San Francisco, he will face a familiar opponent in 49ers coach Chip Kelly. Rodgers was at Oregon State when Kelly coached rival Oregon. Rodgers lost both meetings against Kelly's Ducks.

But Kelly has great respect for Rodgers, who rushed for 101 yards on 30 carries in a 17-14 win at Carolina on Oct. 10.

"Yeah, he was just an unbelievable player in college and very, very difficult to defend," Kelly said of the 5-foot-6 Rodgers. "I think he doesn't get enough credit for how physical he is just because he's not the biggest back in the world, so you automatically think that he's a nifty, nimble, make-you-miss type of guy.

"He can do that, but he's also a very physical runner, very sturdy, has great balance, great vision. He's a handful, and we have to be very aware of him in their run game because really the run game sets up everything else for them. So, I'm very familiar with Jacquizz. He had an outstanding career at Oregon State and he's doing the same thing right now in the NFL that I saw him do in college, which is a credit to him."

Comments
Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

TAMPA — How good can the Bucs be in 2018? Fans will get a good sense in the first three weeks, as Tampa Bay opens the year with three of its toughest games, all against reigning division champions. The Bucs open 2018 in New Orleans on Sept. 9 ...
Updated: 10 minutes ago
Bucs linebacker Kendell Beckwith fractured ankle in car accident

Bucs linebacker Kendell Beckwith fractured ankle in car accident

TAMPA – Bucs linebacker Kendell Beckwith had surgery to repair a broken ankle he suffered in a car accident in Louisiana last week, putting his status for the start of the season in question.Beckwith was passenger in car driven by former L...
Updated: 7 hours ago
Bucs’ home schedule leaked: Hosting Eagles in Week 2

Bucs’ home schedule leaked: Hosting Eagles in Week 2

The 2018 NFL schedule won't be released until 8 p.m. tonight, but the Bucs' eight home games were posted early — and presumably accidentally — on the team's site, showing what would be a daunting start to the upcoming season.Multiple outl...
Published: 04/19/18
Is Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick a first-round fit for the Bucs?

Is Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick a first-round fit for the Bucs?

Minkah FitzpatrickPosition: SafetyCollege: AlabamaHeight/Weight: 6-1, 201Draft projection: First roundWhy Fitzpatrick makes sense for the BucsOne of the Bucs' biggest needs is to improve their secondary. Fitzpatrick is a playmaker, arguably the best ...
Published: 04/17/18
Jameis Winston set to make $21 million in 2019 as Bucs pick up his option

Jameis Winston set to make $21 million in 2019 as Bucs pick up his option

TAMPA — Jameis Winston is headed for a big pay day after this season, whether he gets a contract extension or not.The Bucs on Tuesday picked up the fifth-year option on Winston's rookie contract worth $20.9 million for 2019. The deal is not gua...
Published: 04/17/18
Get to know potential Bucs NFL draft target Vita Vea of Washington

Get to know potential Bucs NFL draft target Vita Vea of Washington

As next week's NFL draft nears, Bucs fans might want to learn a little more about a potential target at No. 7: Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea.The 6-foot-4, 347-pound monster moves very well for someone his size and could be an intriguing option...
Published: 04/17/18
DeSean Jackson and Jameis Winston were in perfect harmony on Day 1

DeSean Jackson and Jameis Winston were in perfect harmony on Day 1

TAMPA — DeSean Jackson and Jameis Winston were finally on the same page.For the first day of the offseason workout program, anyway.Jackson, 31, is coming off one of the worst seasons of his 10-year career with 50 catches for only 668 yards and ...
Published: 04/16/18
Jameis Winston says he has still not been interviewed in NFL probe

Jameis Winston says he has still not been interviewed in NFL probe

TAMPA — Jameis Winston was excited to be back with his teammates at One Buc Place Monday beginning the first phase of  the off-season workout program."It means everything, because it's back to football," Winston said. "It's back to that te...
Published: 04/16/18
Bucs’ Ali Marpet ready for transition to left guard

Bucs’ Ali Marpet ready for transition to left guard

Ali Marpet is on the move again, but says not to worry about his transition to left guard — his fourth offensive line position in five years — for the 2018 season."Moving from right to left is less of a transition from guard to center," M...
Published: 04/16/18
Report: Bucs’ Demar Dotson to miss summer after knee surgery

Report: Bucs’ Demar Dotson to miss summer after knee surgery

Add offensive tackle to the positions where the Bucs have a question mark, less than two weeks before the NFL draft.Starting right tackle Demar Dotson, who missed the final five games of last season with a knee injury, had surgery this past week to r...
Published: 04/15/18