Surprise, surprise, football fans. Reigning first overall pick and former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston has been named the starting quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bucs head coach Lovie Smith made the announcement, which was reported by NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington.
Shocking revelation from Lovie Smith: "Jameis Winston is our starting quarterback. He'll be taking first-team reps tomorrow."
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) July 31, 2015
This comes as no surprise, as the former Florida State Seminoles star was picked first overall by Tampa Bay in this year’s NFL Draft. In terms of competition, he only had to worry about third-year man Mike Glennon and third-stringer Seth Lobato.
Glennon started 18 games over his first two NFL seasons and posted 4,025 passing yards for 29 touchdowns and just 15 interceptions while completing 58.8 percent of his attempts, but could never seem to grasp the offense fully and enters his third season with a win-loss record of 5-13.
Thus, Winston will be thrown into the fire immediately as he looks to take a Tampa Bay squad that went 2-14 last season in Smith’s first season with the team.
With two excellent receivers in second-year man Mike Evans and veteran Vincent Jackson helping him out, Winston has the tools to have an excellent rookie campaign.
Tampa Bay opens the season at home against 2015 No. 2 pick Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans on September 13.
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