Winston tosses another interception; still working through transition to NFL

Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston eyes the defense before completing a pass at practice Friday.

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – “I gave my man a shot, and the other got me,” said Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston with a half-smile.

Winston’s first pass of Friday’s practice was intercepted by cornerback Johnthan Banks.

“Sometimes you’ve got to make mistakes to get better from them. Luckily, this is practice and that’s what practice is for,” explained the #1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

One man’s loss is another man’s gain. Banks was happy to haul in the Winston’s misguided deep ball.

“That’s a confidence builder, you know, coming out here and picking off these guys,” said Banks. “It gives you hope. It makes you go out there and gives you a little swagger about yourself.”

“Those guys are good over there,” Winston admitted.

Slow starts and interceptions have been issues for Winston through six practices with the Bucs. He threw three interceptions Monday, two on Tuesday, and the one to Banks on Friday. another Friday. He threw 18 in his senior season at Florida State.

“If you make a mistake, you’ve got to bounce back. That’s one thing about being a good quarterback,” theorized Winston. “Snap and clear. I never let one thing hold me down. It’s about moving forward. The guys see me bounce back, what are they going to say? They’ll say: ‘This guy, he’s ready. He’s gonna fight for us.'”

Winston’s teammates have noticed his positive attitude.

“From OTA’s to now, Jameis has gotten so much better. I was telling the boys up in the locker room that he looks like a totally different guy,” declared Banks. “I’m confident in him. I’m confident in his abilities and his play-making. He’s a smart kid. He’s a 21-year-old kid out here competing with 24 and 25-year-old grown men. I think he’s doing an outstanding job and he’s going to help us win a lot of ball games.”

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