Photos of QB Jameis Winston at Buccaneers rookie mini-camp.
It's fitting that Jameis Winston would be paired with a wide receiver as his first roommate with the Buccaneers; since the start of rookie mini-camp, Winston has been living with fifth-round pick, Kenny Bell.
Over the course of the past few weeks, the two have gotten to know each other quite well. On Tuesday, Bell joined WDAE-AM 620 and was asked about his relationship with the team's new quarterback.
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"He's the best roommate I've ever had, one of the best teammates I've ever had," Bell said. "It's been phenomenal. We've been going from about 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and then we get back to the hotel and he wants to study more ... He's dedicated to his job, that's for sure."
Winston's obsession with the Bucs' playbook shouldn't come as a surprise. Offensive lineman Ali Marpet said that Winston was up until 1 a.m. on the first day of rookie mini-camp studying and, after the second day of camp, Head Coach Lovie Smith had said that Winston was determined to master the Bucs' system.
"He's cramming like it's the final exam right now and doing a good job," Smith said. "We've seen marked improvement from the moment we gave him his playbook."
Winston and Bell have shown signs of an early connection on the field, in addition to their growing friendship off the field. During the Bucs' two days of rookie mini-camp, Winston and Bell connected on several passes, including this deep one.
The two will be back on the fields at One Buccaneer Place on May 26 when players report for Organized Team Activities.