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Winstometer Week 16: Jameis Winston just ahead of Cam Newton

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws a first down pass to wide receiver Mike Evans (13) in the second quarter of a football game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. LOREN ELLIOTT  | Times

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) throws a first down pass to wide receiver Mike Evans (13) in the second quarter of a football game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

Jameis Winston wasn't sharp in Sunday's loss to the Bears, even though he threw for two touchdowns and nearly 300 yards.

Still, he continues to hold his place among the top first-round quarterbacks in recent decades.

When the Bucs picked Winston first in the NFL draft and the Titans took Marcus Mariota No. 2, the Tampa Bay Times created a database of all first round quarterbacks since 1980. Each week, we plug in the statistics and compare Winston and Mariota against the others at the same points in their careers.

Winston ranks sixth with a quarterback rating of 86.1, just ahead of Cam Newton, who was at 85.

Mariota, who ranks two spots higher than Winston at 91.5, missed this week's game with a knee injury and might not play in the finale next week.

The Tampa Bay Times created a database of all quarterbacks picked in the first round of the NFL draft since 1980. Each week, we compare Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota's cumulative performance against the others at the same point in their rookie seasons. As of midseason, we incorporated a screen to assure that a quarterback has attempted a minimum of 50 passes to be included. You can compare quarterbacks by clicking on their names, which will highlight their performance in the graph. Also, if you hover over a line in the graph, it will identify the quarterback.

Winstometer Week 16: Jameis Winston just ahead of Cam Newton 12/27/15 [Last modified: Sunday, December 27, 2015 7:15pm]
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