Jameis Winston's is coming off one of his worst performances as a pro, failing to lead the Bucs to a touchdown for the first time in 39 NFL starts and recording a 49.2 passer rating — the third lowest of his career.
Was it the wind, his shoulder, his frequent less-than-precise passing or something else that most hampered Winston in the Bucs' 17-3 loss Sunday to Carolina. The Times' Bucs coverage team weighs in.
IT'S ALL ON HIS SHOULDER
Rick Stroud, @NFLStroud: Winston is not healthy. He can't practice most weeks until Friday. Despite the remarkable half at Buffalo, Winston needs to practice to be sharp. All that said, the Bucs offense has turned into 10 guys standing around waiting for Winston to make a play. Bail them out. Penalty? Make a play, Jameis. Bad defense? Go down and get that score back Jameis. Consequently he is pressing.
Greg Auman, @gregauman: It's never just one thing. The same wind limited Cam Newton to just 154 passing yards. Wind won't be a factor Sunday in New Orleans, and the Bucs must decide whether his shoulder will be a factor. Does a healthy Ryan Fitzpatrick give the Bucs a better chance to win? They'll decide in the next few days.
THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH WINSTON
Tom Jones, @tomwjones: I hate to say it, but I don't know that there's anything wrong with Winston. This just might be who he is. He's never been accurate and he's always been a streaky thrower. I don't believe he is completely healthy at the moment, and that is causing problems. But he's never going to be a 70-percent passer guy. It's just not who he is.
YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE
Martin Fennelly, @mjfennelly: He's a young quarterback and I'm not sure he's ever going to get any older when it comes to accuracy. I think his shoulder is bothering him, but he should be ready for that, as the way he plays is going to invite such injuries. That he has never missed a game is astounding. But those could be right around the corner.
BLAME THE BLITZ
Thomas Bassinger, @tometrics: Winston struggled throwing the ball down the field Sunday, so it's tempting to blame that on his shoulder injury. He threw 19 passes at least 10 yards down the field and completed only nine for 147 yards, according to Pro Football Focus. While there is reason to be concerned about his health, the Panthers' blitzes likely had a larger effect on his performance. They sent an extra rusher on more than 40 percent of his dropbacks, and he completed nine of 18 passes, two of which were intercepted.