TAMPA — The Bucs offensive assistants have heard about quarterback Jameis Winston’s plans to play at 250 pounds this season. They hope that Winston has a change of heart."I don't know how true of a statement we're going to allow that to be," Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich said Thursday.Winston was listed at 231 last year, and he's been listed at that weight since his rookie year. Winston said last month he played at 245 last year.He told reporters in March that he was striving to get to 250 in order to pack on more muscle. When asked about that, new Bucs coach Bruce Arians said he didn’t want the weight to come at a cost of Winston losing his mobility, but said, "It sure helps when they try to sack you.’’One of Winston’s best assets is his mobility, which he uses to extend plays and gain yardage in the Bucs’ passing game. Arians’ offenses in Arizona were wide open, so much so the quarterback can be susceptible to taking additional punishment.In 2016 and 2017, the Cardinals were top four in the league in quarterback hits allowed and top three in sacks allowed. Bucs general manager Jason Licht admitted as much in March, saying that in Arians’ system, the quarterback will take some hits, and that a quarterback would benefit from additional “armor.”When asked about Winston’s desire to play at 250 pounds, Bucs quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen said, “I’m hoping that’s just a rumor.”“I think one thing we all know, they try to maim quarterbacks in this league,” Christensen said. “There’s no system (that prevents it). Tell me a system where you’re not worried about your quarterback getting hit and hit a bunch. It’s more performance based than protection defensively.”Christensen said rather than seeing Winston adding weight for protection, the staff will focus on arriving at a weight at which Winston will perform best while taking into consideration his body makeup.“There are some guys who are really linear and lean that maybe have to carry a little extra fat because you can’t let your weight get down,” Christensen said. “But he’s not that guy. He’s a big ol’ strong guy with a ton of girth. So we just want get him to an optimal position. We’ll make that decision and then work toward it."We just ran the blood tests," Christensen said. "We'll do the body (analysis). We'll come up with a good (weight). We're in the process of doing that now. And then it will be my job to convince him, hey, just don't set a number. It's all body composition and it's really important." Contact Eduardo A. Encina at email@example.com . Follow @EddieInTheYard.