TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made good on a promise to put more playmakers around young quarterback Jameis Winston, who’s eager to use them to help an improved team fulfill its potential this season.
Free agent acquisition DeSean Jackson and draft picks O.J. Howard and Chris Godwin are among the newcomers the Bucs are counting on to give Winston a chance to end the franchise’s long hiatus from the playoffs.
Two-time Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin is in training camp, too, after missing much of last season because of injuries and a late-season suspension that extends through the first three games of 2017.
Throw in Mike Evans, Cam Brate, Adam Humphries and Jacquizz Rodgers, who all contributed to Winston’s success in leading Tampa Bay to a 9-7 record last season, and it’s easy to understand why the third-year quarterback is excited to get started again.
“It’s fun. It’s fun just taking the snap and analyzing the field and seeing that you have guys that can go get it everywhere,” Winston said after practice Friday at One Buccaneer Place.
“It’s not just about me because as they go, I go. As I go, we go,” he added. “It’s complementary football.”
Winston completed nearly 61 percent of his passes for 4,090 yards and 28 touchdowns last season, helping the Bucs flirt with a playoff berth.
He also tossed 18 interceptions and lost six fumbles, leaving ball security at the top of his list of areas where he needs to get better.
“It’s never a part of my development where I will feel like I have arrived,” Winston said,…
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