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Jameis Winston gets his feet wet in NFL Pro Bowl Competition

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For all of the odd sights of the Pro Bowl, this one might be seen again.

Jameis Winston in the pocket.

Winston, the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Bucs,  threw for two touchdowns to help pad a big lead by Team Irvin in a 49-27 victory. Winston hit six of 12 passes for 133 yards. It was a nice first-ever game, hitting Tennessee’s Delanie Walker for 53 yards and a seven-yarder to  Texas’ DeAndre Hopkins.

As Winston played, however, the game devolved around him to Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett playing offense and Hopkins and Devonta Freeman playing defense.

For Winston, it was a learning experience. He spent much of the week tagging after quarterback Eli Manning, the most experienced quarterback here, and trying to pick up tips.

Other Bucs who participated included:

Running back Doug Martin led Team Rice with 20 yards rushing. He also had 20 yards receiving.

Linebacker Lavonte David was the second-leading tackler for Team Irvin with five.

Guard Logan Mankins started.

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had two tackles.

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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