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Jameis Winston said he wasn't nervous making his first NFL start, even if at times it appeared he was.

"No. Not nervous,'' Winston said. "Very anxious. Of course I had butterflies but I wanted to do the right thing.''

Winston did plenty of wrong things in Sunday's 26-16 preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He went 9-of-19 passing (including a fail Mary) for 131 yards with an INT and no touchdowns for a rating of 48.3.

But after a shaky start, Winston bounced back to lead the Bucs on a 76-yard drive in nine plays in the second quarter, capped by his 8-yard touchdown run.

Winston said the no-huddle approach in the two-minute offense got him and the team into a rhythm.

Jameis Winston said he wasn't nervous making his first NFL start, even if at times it appeared he was.

"No. Not nervous,'' Winston said. "Very anxious. Of course I had butterflies but I wanted to do the right thing.''

Winston did plenty of wrong things in Sunday's 26-16 preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He went 9-of-19 passing (including a fail Mary) for 131 yards with an INT and no touchdowns for a rating of 48.3.

But after a shaky start, Winston bounced back to lead the Bucs on a 76-yard drive in nine plays in the second quarter, capped by his 8-yard touchdown run.

Winston said the no-huddle approach in the two-minute offense got him and the team into a rhythm.

"I think we're good at playing fast,'' Winston said. "When we picked up the tempo and everything started rolling, everything just started going down hill. The offensive line did great. Everyone around me did great. When we picked up the intensity, we saw what we're capable of.

"I think we're good at playing fast,'' Winston said. "When we picked up the tempo and everything started rolling, everything just started going down hill. The offensive line did great. Everyone around me did great. When we picked up the intensity, we saw what we're capable of.

"It just picks up the tempo. When you're going slow, it just picks up the tempo. It gives you an energy burst and you start playing better.''

Winston said he was surprised at the lack of intensity by the fans at the game.

"The fans, they don't really get into the game that much,'' Winston said. "But it's just preseason. One thing I'm really looking forward to is the first game at Raymond James (Stadium). It's a new feeling for me. I love it. I enjoyed it. It's just a new experience.

Winston said there wasn't much to his decision to scramble for an 8-yard touchdown.

"They were playing kind of like a cover four post where the safety was looking at number three and I was basically by myself,'' Winston said. "Bobby Rainey made a great block and sprung me into the end zone.''

"It just picks up the tempo. When you're going slow, it just picks up the tempo. It gives you an energy burst and you start playing better.''

Winston said he was surprised at the lack of intensity by the fans at the game.

"The fans, they don't really get into the game that much,'' Winston said. "But it's just preseason. One thing I'm really looking forward to is the first game at Raymond James (Stadium). It's a new feeling for me. I love it. I enjoyed it. It's just a new experience.

Winston said there wasn't much to his decision to scramble for an 8-yard touchdown.

"They were playing kind of like a cover four post where the safety was looking at number three and I was basically by myself,'' Winston said. "Bobby Rainey made a great block and sprung me into the end zone.''

But Winston's sliding left a lot to be desired, even though he played baseball at Florida State.

"I was good (sliding), but in football, I always was taught to fall forward,'' Winston said "And I thought if you give up yourself in the NFL, you're declared down.

But Winston's sliding left a lot to be desired, even though he played baseball at Florida State.

"I was good (sliding), but in football, I always was taught to fall forward,'' Winston said "And I thought if you give up yourself in the NFL, you're declared down.

Winston said he will be critical of his play when he watches the game on video.

"I've got to look at the game,'' he said. "I want to judge myself first. I want to check out my footwork. Everything that comes with it. Nothing specific I'll be looking at. This is my first NFL preseason game. So obviously, I'm going to grade myself pretty hard.

"It's just one half. It's my first half. My first game. Our first game. It's Minnesota's second game, so you've got to commend them. Our first game against a real opponent. You've got to love the fact that we're out there playing football, the fact we fought hard and we get to play another day. We have Cincinnati at home on Monday. We're looking forward to that game.''

Winston said he will be critical of his play when he watches the game on video.

"I've got to look at the game,'' he said. "I want to judge myself first. I want to check out my footwork. Everything that comes with it. Nothing specific I'll be looking at. This is my first NFL preseason game. So obviously, I'm going to grade myself pretty hard.

"It's just one half. It's my first half. My first game. Our first game. It's Minnesota's second game, so you've got to commend them. Our first game against a real opponent. You've got to love the fact that we're out there playing football, the fact we fought hard and we get to play another day. We have Cincinnati at home on Monday. We're looking forward to that game.''

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