On Sunday, the Buccaneers dropped to 5-6 after losing, 25-12, to the Colts in Indianapolis. In the process, though, rookie quarterback Jameis Winston made history.
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Winston threw for 245 yards in Tampa Bay's loss, bringing him to 2,650 for the season. His total passing yards were enough to set a new Buccaneer rookie record. Winston passed Mike Glennon, whose 2,608 passing yards in 2013 remained a team record for less than two seasons.
Winston and Glennon are the only rookie passers in team history to throw for 2,000 yards or more in their first season. The two are among six quarterbacks to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark as rookies, as well.
At the pace he is on, Winston will finish the season with 3,854 yards, which would be the second-most yards in a single season in team history by any player, not just rookies. Winston would need 4,066 yards to break the team record. Winston is also on pace to finish the season with 23 passing touchdowns, which would be the fourth-most in a single season in team history.
Below is a look at the top five rookie seasons in Buccaneer history:
- Jameis Winston, 2015 - 2,650 yards
- Mike Glennon, 2013 - 2,608 yards
- Josh Freeman, 2009 - 1,855 yards
- Bruce Gradkowski, 2006 - 1,661 yards
- Doug Williams, 1978 - 1,170 yards