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Quarterback Jameis Winston thinks the Bucs ‘did ok’ on offense

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Perhaps the problem here are expectations.

Two days after the Tampa Bay Bucs opened their preseaon schedule with nine points, five turnovers, seven drops, 10 penalties and 31 yards rushing against the Philadelphia Eagles, quarterback Jameis Winston said he thought the Bucs “did okay” in their first effort.

Is this the part where we say “congratulations.”

To give Winston credit, he did say the team has to play better in the games to come.

“We had a good game plan together,” Winston said. “And we just went with it, we just went with the flow. Typically, you try to be vanilla, but we just wanted to see how we would do against another defense instead of playing against our guys. And in my eyes, we did okay. But for future reference, we want to be way better than what we did, we want to be more consistent.”

To be fair, Winston did hit seven of nine passes and led the team on a scoring drive. On the other hand, his fumble set up an Eagles’ touchdown.

“I just dropped the ball,” Winston said. “I was actually getting ready to throw it, and he just batted it down. Great play. That guy (defensive tackle Fletcher Cox) is a hundred-million dollar man. Just got to hit my check-down and be a little bit more decisive and get it to Doug Martin.”

Winston conceded that four offensive turnovers (plus one on special teams) were too many to overcome.

“We’ll never be where we should be because like I said, we’ll never arrive,” Winston said. “Our objective is always to get better, but if you look at the box scores, our offense did a good job. It’s just really hard to win games with four turnovers, especially with my fumble being inside the 10 (yard line). You look at the whole game, the two turnovers that we had on their side of the field, if they don’t get those turnovers inside their own 10-yard line they, don’t score.”

 Winston has said that the Bucs have to develop a mentality that they have to hate losing.

“I’m not talking about individual players, I’m talking about a mentality,” Winston said. “I would never call out my teammates and say guys need to start hating to lose. It’s a mentality that you’ve got to have, and it’s an easy choice. It’s a choice; you’ve got to want to win. As a team, we have to make that choice together. I’m not saying just because I want to win doesn’t mean that someone else wants to win, I’m saying all of us have to be together and be on the same page because if we’re on the same page and we have the same common goal, the same focus, we’re going to win a lot of football games.”

The Bucs play in Jacksonville Saturday night.

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 garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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