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Bucs’ Jameis Winston rebounds from early mistake to lead Bucs to a win in Atlanta

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It started with a mistake.

Jameis Winston expected Vincent Jackson to zig, and instead, Jackson zagged. And the ball was intercepted by the Atlanta Falcons.

It was early in the Bucs’ 31-24 victory over Atlanta, however, and Winston was just getting started. He responded with four touchdown passes, and 281 yards, and the victory.

It wasn’t the first time Winston has responded. Coach Dirk Koetter says he hasn’t seen another quarterback who can move on from mistakes as quickly.

“No I haven’t, that’s a really good point.” Koetter said. “Most guys go into a funk or go into a pout and Jameis, he’s great about that. I don’t like yelling at the quarterback on game day and Jameis will sometimes say, ‘Hey, you’ve got to coach me harder!’ Again, I go back to his training with his father and then with (Florida State Head Coach) Jimbo Fisher. They both trained him very well.”

It was only one game, but Winston appeared to have progressed from his rookie season.

“Jameis yesterday did what Jameis does best and that’s play football,” Koetter said. “Jameis is a football player and it’s not always pretty, it’s not always how we draw it up — I’d like every play to go exactly like we draw it up — but that guy, he has a unique ability to make (plays).

“He’s going to make some plays you don’t expect him to make, he’s going to miss some plays that I’m going, ‘Jameis, you’ve got to make that play.’ And he’s the same all the time. He’s focused on winning, he’s focusing on leading our team and he’s tough as nails. Boy, he will stand in that pocket and that rush bearing down on him, he’ll stand right in there. He’s a lot better moving in the pocket than people might think.”

Winston and the Bucs travel to Phoenix to play the Cardinals this week.



Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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