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5 Takeaways: Jameis Winston's Pro Day

How did quarterback Jameis Winston perform at his pro day at Florida State on Tuesday?

Photos of QB Jameis Winston at Florida State's pro day in 2015.





On Tuesday, former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston took the field in Tallahassee for his pro day. Representatives from each of the 32 NFL teams were in attendance to see his scripted throwing routine.

Winston was one of 18 former Seminoles working out.

"I felt it went great," Winston said, 'because the guys were great. It was great to be out there with those guys. That's my team. The combine's different. That's my team, those are my brothers."

Winston threw 102 passes, significantly more than Marcus Mariota (65) and Bryce Petty (77) did at their pro days.

Below are five takeaways from Winston's workout.*

1. His chart looked good.
Eleven of Winston's 102 passes fell incomplete, according to Florida State. Of those 11, five were dropped. The majority of Winston's passes were thrown in between the five and 10-yard range with his second-most attempts coming in between 10 and 20 yards. He threw more passes of 30+ yards (14) than he did 20 to 30 yards (9). He was 9-for-14 when going deep.

2. It was his idea to throw so many passes.
Winston didn't have to throw so many balls, but wanted to lay all of his cards on the table for coaches and scouts. "The original plan was that I was going to throw 60 to 75 throws," Winston said. "And then when we started writing it down, I was at (personal coach) George (Whitfield)'s house until like 12 o'clock at night. We were just writing down things and going over things. I was like, 'Man, George, I'm a competitor, let's give them everything.'"

3. The brooms were out.
One of Winston's biggest self-criticisms is his athleticism and ability to move in the pocket. In a flashback from Johnny Manziel's pro day a year ago, Whitfield brought out brooms to simulate defenders and showcase Winston's mobility. "The perception is that I can't move," Winston said. "That's probably because I ran a 4.9, but the real thing is about moving in the pocket and being able to extend plays. I just wanted to show that and I believe I did."

4. Several head coaches were present.
Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith was one of five head coaches taking in Florida State's pro day. Also in attendance were Todd Bowles of the New York Jets, Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ken Whisenhunt of the Tennessee Titans and Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints. Tampa Bay general manager Jason Licht, offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian were also in attendance.

5. The Bucs liked what they saw.
After the workout, Licht used the term "outstanding" to describe Winston's performance.  The Tampa Tribune's Roy Cummings tweeted that Koetter was "walking around with a big smile on his face."

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