Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston earned a passing grade from the coaching staff in last week's preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, Lavonte David Jerseysbut in his mind it wasn't good enough.
"The coaches gave me a B-minus," Winston said after a joint practice session with the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday. "Preseason or not, I just want to win. That's the main thing. Our improvements though -- scoring in the red zone, Gerald McCoy Jerseysthat's the main thing. Me and Mike Evans cannot get inside the 2-yard line and not connect on two straight attempts."Winston got off to a hot start in Cincy, completing 5 of 6 passes for 79 yards on the opening drive before failing to hit Evans twice in the end zone on fade routes.
"That's the only negative I take from that game," said Winston, who believes he should have thrown Evans better balls, but also thought the officiating crew could have made a pass inference call on Adam Jones. "We looked good. We started off fast. Your first drives are from the 6-yard line and your next one is from the 1? You flip fields and you start the game off with a 92-yard drive? Gotta love it."At the end of the day, like me and Mike talk about all the time, it does not matter [if you're fouled]. "You are Mike Evans; go catch the ball."
Throughout his career, Winston has struggled with slow starts, Jameis Winston Jerseysso his accuracy on the opening drive was a big step forward. Mike Evans JerseysBut the red zone is an area where he can take his chemistry with Evans to another level.
Last year, Winston had a 49.2 percent completion percentage in the red zone, good for 20th in the league. Vincent Jackson JerseysHe did, however throw 19 touchdowns from inside the red zone, seventh-most in the league.