Since entering the NFL as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has turned the ball over more than any other quarterback in the league.
Winston has proven he can string together a stretch of solid games, but his inconsistency and penchant for racking up turnovers out of nowhere are problems that have plagued him throughout his career.
His start to the 2019 season has been no different. After throwing three interceptions, including a pair of pick-sixes, in a Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, Winston tossed 10 touchdowns to just two interceptions over the next four weeks. In the team's last game, a loss in London to the Carolina Panthers, Winston turned the ball over a whopping six times.
As the team comes out of a much-needed bye week, Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich seems confident that many of Winston's turnover issues can be fixed, despite his long track record of struggles in that department. It's Leftwich's first season with Winston, and it's clear he's not holding past problems against him.
"I don't know, because the only body of work I can really judge is really this year," Leftwich said Thursday. "So, we've just gotta continue getting better as a whole. We'll work on the things, we'll get better. Some of those turnovers are extremely fixable. So, we'll fix them, we'll get better, and he'll play better."
Winston is already Tampa Bay's all-time leading passer, and the first player in NFL history to start his career with back-to-back 4,000-yard seasons. He's a talented passer who has put up big numbers, but the turnovers have kept him, and the team, from reaching their full potential.
Hopefully for Bucs fans, and Winston himself, Leftwich is right that his quarterback can right the ship and cut down on the mistakes that have plagued him for the last five seasons.