When Jameis Winston returned for the Buccaneers' offseason workouts this spring, he did so noticeably trimmer and in better shape. Winston estimates he's lost around 18 pounds and ESPN's Mike DiRocco believes that the time he spent fine-tuning his body will translate directly to a strong performance this summer.
In ESPN's piece, "100 predictions that will frame the 2016 season," DiRocco predicted that Winston would be the NFL's top passer during the preseason.
Pictures of Winston at the Buccaneers' Organized Team Activities at One Buc Place.
"Jameis Winston's offseason fitness work will pay off, as the Bucs QB will lead the NFL in passer rating and TD passes in the preseason," he wrote.
Just in his second year, it will be interesting to see how much playing time Winston gets during the preseason. The Bucs have a proven veteran as their backup, so the idea that Winston could see enough playing time to lead the league in both passing categories isn't too far-fetched.
Of their 100 predictions, the Buccaneers appeared once more, albeit at the same position. DiRocco estimated that injuries could result in the Bucs dealing Mike Glennon to the Cowboys mid-season, stating that Dallas will make the Bucs "an offer they can't refuse." It's oddly specific, given that DiRocco went as far as picking a potential trade partner, but an interesting take all the same.
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