TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will start quarterback Jameis Winston this week in opposition to the San Francisco 49ers, a supply advised ESPN on Monday.
Winston stepped in Sunday within the third quarter in opposition to the New York Giants after Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions, together with a pick-six. Winston completed the sport 12-of-16 for 199 passing yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Bucs misplaced to the Giants 38-35.
“He performed higher,” coach Dirk Koetter mentioned of Winston’s efficiency. “He bought us into the top zone 4 straight instances. … For probably the most half, he made good selections with the soccer.”
It is the fourth quarterback change the Bucs have made this yr, together with when Winston served a three-game suspension to start the season for a violation of the NFL’s private conduct coverage, stemming from an alleged groping incident involving a feminine Uber driver in Arizona in 2016.
Koetter acknowledged that the fixed change has been disruptive for each quarterbacks.
“In fact. Each these guys would moderately play the entire time,” he mentioned. “How a lot has it been disruptive to everybody else? That is tough to say. Our quarterback play as been spectacular at instances and never ok at instances. That is simply the story of the place we’re at on offense proper now.
“Virtually each recreation, we get some stunning, stunning play at quarterback — some nice throws, some super decision-making, some stunning changes — however different instances, we have gotten some unhealthy decision-making which has resulted in turnovers. That is damage our staff.”
A lot has been made about Winston’s $20.9 million choice and the chance the Bucs run by enjoying him, ought to he get injured, however Koetter mentioned that nobody within the entrance workplace has directed him not to play Winston.
Koetter additionally mentioned he was not sure whether or not the Bucs would get to some extent this season the place they’d stick to one quarterback.
“You are asking me to predict the longer term, and sadly I can not try this,” Koetter mentioned. “I by no means go into it pondering it is a week-to-week factor, however I believe continuity is a cop-out. We have succesful quarterbacks. There isn’t any cause they cannot play constant soccer. I’ve seen them do it. I do know they will do it.”