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Winston has "Gun-Slinger Mentality"

Buccaneer great Ronde Barber spoke to CBS about the Bucs' new QB, Jameis Winston.

Photos of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston at Buccaneers OTAs.

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Ronde Barber knows a thing or two about quarterbacks after spending his entire 16-year NFL career trying to intercept them. So what does he think about the Bucs' new signal-caller, Jameis Winston? Last week, the Buccaneer great sat down with CBS to discuss. 

"He gives you the spectacular, but he also gives you the rookie," Barber said, via JoeBucsFan. "But what I will say about (Jameis) is he plays with zero fear. He'll let go of any ball. He has that confidence. I've played against guys that have supreme confidence in themselves and their ability to make plays. You can already see it. He has no fear letting the ball go."

It's easy to draw the comparison between Winston and Bills quarterback EJ Manuel. Winston succeeded Manuel as Florida State's starter and both were first-round picks in the NFL Draft. But according to Barber, they're nothing alike.

"The guy that preceded him at Florida State, EJ Manuel, I did a couple of games of Buffalo over these two years that I've been working at FOX, and he is the other way," Barber said. "He's timid. He holds the ball. He's scared to deliver it when he needs to. This guy (Winston) is the complete opposite, maybe to a detriment at times; he throws a lot of interceptions.

"But he has that 'it', that bravado, that gunslinger mentality, if I could use that tired cliché, to be a great quarterback in this league. I think the good ones have that. Now how he learns to deal with that as a pro and take care of the football and do the right things on the football field? But he has the tools."

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