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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Projects Winston's Rookie Season

How will QB Jameis Winston perform in 2015? NFL Media's Bucky Brooks weighs in.

Photos of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston at Buccaneers OTAs.

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A few weeks back, NFL Media analyst Bucky Brooks unveiled his projections for 10 draftees' rookie seasons. Among them was Buccaneers quarterback, Jameis Winston. Brooks' projection for Winston's first year in Tampa: 3,100 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Brooks described Winston's best-case scenario for his rookie season, writing, "Winston hits the ground running as the on-field director of a Dirk Koetter offense that features an explosive vertical passing game complemented by a steady ground attack. With receivers Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson wreaking havoc on the perimeter and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins controlling the middle of the field, Winston could lead the Buccaneers back toward .500 as a rookie starter."

Brooks was high on Winston leading up to the draft, too. "Winston possesses the swagger and confidence needed to orchestrate a dramatic turnaround in an organization that hasn't made the playoffs since the 2007 campaign," he wrote in April.

Other notable projections from Brooks' breakdown:

  • Titans QB Marcus Mariota - 2,700 passing yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions; 450 rushing yards and five scores.
  • Raiders WR Amari Cooper - 90 receptions, 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns.
  • Rams RB Todd Gurley - 150 carries, 700 yards, eight touchdowns; 25 receptions, 200 yards and two scores.
  • Chargers RB Melvin Gordon - 225 carries, 1,110 yards and nine scores; 25 receptions, 250 yards and two scores.
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