Winston's Work Ethic Motivating Teammates

Pictures of Winston at the Buccaneers' Organized Team Activities at One Buc Place.

Long before Jameis Winston stepped foot in the Buccaneers’ facilities, he had developed a reputation for being a relentless worker. He was known for logging more film hours than any player at Florida State, despite being a member of the school’s baseball team in the spring. After he was drafted by Tampa Bay, he was spotted carrying his playbook around wherever he went, including a Drake concert.

That work ethic hasn’t let up as Winston prepares for his second season in the NFL. Meeting with members of the media after the first day of OTA practices, offensive tackle Donovan Smith said that the Pro Bowl quarterback’s approach to the game is motivating those around him.  

“When you have a guy like Jameis who’s 24/7, ‘Get better, get better at something,’ it forces you, even if you don’t want to – not saying I don’t want to – even if you don’t want to, to get to that level. Being around him – you know, we hang out a lot – it’s always something that I’m looking at whether it’s punching, my feet, keeping my knee inside on my kick, stuff like that.

"It’s about the little details and stuff like that that I try to fix and look at. I definitely do want it – probably [worse] than anybody – to be the best and I have to do anything to be the best, whether it’s understanding the plays and on the field, so everything.”

Winston finished with more than 4,000 passing yards, which set a Buccaneer rookie record, and was selected by the fans as their Rookie of the Year. As Smith pointed out, Winston isn’t focused on his accolades - he is focused on improving. And that attitude is infectious.

“We had a great year, but we’ve got to build off that,” Winston said. “We were fifth in the league offensively – why not be No. 1 in the league? It’s not only about the offense, it’s about everybody. I’m glad that my second year is with this team because I know we have so much potential and we can get better in every way. I can get better in every way.”

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