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Jameis Winston prepares for first NFL game with “Mind of a Maniac”

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No. 1 overall draft pick Jameis Winston is still working on developing a pregame ritual for the NFL.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie is making his regular season debut against No. 2 pick Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans, the first time quarterbacks taken one-two in the draft have met in the opening week of their rookie seasons.

Winston enjoys listening to music on game day, with a preference for Lil Boosie, Drake, Mary Mary and Gucci Mane, an artist from his hometown of Bessemer, Alabama.

“My song is Mind of a Maniac, that’s from Boosie,” he said. “The other song, by Drake, is Stay Schemin’, because I always have to stay scheming.”

The 21-year-old hasn’t decided what pregame meal might work best for him as a pro.

“Whatever they feed us,” Winston said, laughing. “At Florida State, I had to eat green beans and I had to drink a purple PowerAde, because they don’t drink Gatorade. Other than that – that’s all. I just do my regular day.”

A “regular” day includes sleeping in as late as he possible the morning of a game, arriving at the stadium early enough to review the game plan and collect his thoughts, then heading out to on field for some individual work with quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian and backup QB Mike Glennon.

“It’s nothing really intense _ just gets our juices flowing,” he said.

It’s a routine free of superstitions – at least for now.

“In college I was very superstitious,” Winston said. “I just haven’t had the chance to find out what I’m going to be superstitious of this year.”

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

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