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Bucs QB Winston’s arm, sense of humor, at full strength

Roy Cummings



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TAMPA – Judging by the way he threw the ball during the portion of practice open to the media on Friday, Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston’s right shoulder seems to be back at full strength.

So too is his sense of humor.

After he’d warmed up by throwing about a dozen short passes to wide receivers from the 10-yard line, Winston threw a ball about 35 yards into a crowd of media watching the workout.

This was no over-throw. Winston was clearly attempting to throw into the crowd of about a dozen reporters to show he’s ready to play after suffering a right AC joint sprain in the Bucs loss at Arizona last week.

And indeed he is. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter announced after the workout Friday that Winston will be his starter for the Bucs game at Buffalo on Sunday.

Winston was all but prohibited from throwing during the first two days of practice this week, but he was scheduled to take all the first-team reps in practice on Friday.

“Jameis is our starter (and) he’ll be out there,’’ Koetter said. “He threw the ball well. I haven’t been trying to get off on technicalities all week. I’ve just been telling you what I know.’’


Roy Cummings is a native of Chicago, Illinois who grew up in the suburb of Lombard. He and his family later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where Roy attended high school at Kathleen High. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor's Degree in Mass Communications in 1983 and immediately went to work for the Tampa Tribune. After five years working in a Polk County bureau covering everything from high school sports to college football to the Orlando Magic of the NBA, Roy moved back to Tampa and became the Tribune's first beat writer for the Tampa Bay Lightning, covering the team from its inception through the first eight years on the ice. He was then moved to the Buccaneers beat, where he stayed until the paper was folded in May, 2016. A two-time Florida Sports Writer of the Year, Roy has extensive experience covering all Tampa professional sports teams, including the Tampa Bay Rays.

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  1. John

    October 20, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    Hackenberg has been doing this too, he has great sense of humor

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