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What if Jameis Winston struggles again?

Sports Day Tampa Bay mailbag episode: How is tightly is Bruce Arians’ fate tied to Jameis? Why is Licht’s tied to Arians? How much of the Bucs’ success is riding on their seven-week sojourn?
Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston (3) greets teammates at the door to the locker room before a game against the Saints in December 2017 in Tampa. [Times files (2017)] [Tampa Bay Times]
Published Aug. 21

It’s a mailbag episode as we answer your questions, including:

* If Jameis Winston struggles could Bruce Arians leave the Bucs after one season?

* If the “NFL is a business” why are jobs given and kept based on relationships (i.e. general manager Jason Licht’s new contract that matches Arian for structure and length)?

* Who is playing their way onto the Bucs roster, and who is playing their way off?

* How many of their draft picks will make the team?

* How will the Bucs do during their seven-week stretch away from Raymond James Stadium?

* If the Rays make the playoffs, can they compete against the Yankees or Astros in the division series?

* Is baseball becoming unwatchable and does it feel like there is more excitement this year about USF football?

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Contact Rick Stroud at rstroud@tampabay.com. Follow @NFLStroud

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