In their 39-year history, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have never had a franchise quarterback. The team has used 36 different starting quarterbacks and is 17-47 over the past four years. Tampa is hoping all of that changes with No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston.
It comes as no surprise that Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht would come out and say that Winston will be given every opportunity to go out and win the starting job. After all, it’s not like the team has a solid veteran on the roster.
“It’s pretty difficult to say with a straight face that we’re not going to give Jameis that opportunity to win it right away,” Licht told NBC Sports Radio. “He’s the first overall pick. We think he’s very advanced in terms of his ability to play and pick up schemes and concepts and learn the playbook relative to most rookies, or any rookie we’ve scouted in recent history. So he’s gonna have every opportunity.”
Peter King of Sports Illustrated had a fantastic piece on when Tampa’s love affair began. When Licht’s brother-in-law texted him asking which quarterback he liked better in last year’s draft (Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel), he replied with “Winston.”
Barring a major disaster, Winston will be under center week 1 against the Tennessee Titans. If Marcus Mariota wins the starting job, we could have a battle between the No. 1 and No. 2 picks.