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Winston continues to grow as Bucs leader

(TSX / STATS) -- TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston wrapped up his third NFL offseason Thursday and he is a far different player than the promising Heisman Trophy winner winner from Florida State who was the No. 1 overall pick in 2015. The biggest difference? Winston is now aiming to become elite, according to head coach Dirk Koetter.

"I would say Jameis is different in that he knows he can play in the NFL," Koetter said. "He knows he can be a successful player. Jameis, no one has higher expectations for his performance than he does. He's aiming to be elite, not just one of 32. And because he has such high expectations and we have high expectations, it's a never-ending process. We're hard on Jameis and he's hard on himself. Always improving but not where he wants to be.

"What's changed is when you come into the league as a rookie, even though you had great success in college, you're playing with grown men no and there's just a lot more thrown at you. The disguise is so much different. The way the defense looks. He's seen 32 NFL starts, so experience is the best teacher. We've talked about this before. But the Tom Bradys and Matt Ryans of the world have got a lot of reps on Jameis."

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NFC South Division
TeamWLTPct
xy-Atlanta 1150.688
Tampa Bay 970.563
New Orleans 790.438
Carolina 6100.375
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: J. Winston4090
Pass TDs: J. Winston28
Rush Yds: J. Rodgers560
Rush TDs: D. Martin3
Rec Yds: M. Evans1321
Rec TDs: M. Evans12
Int: B. Grimes4
Sacks: G. McCoy7.0
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 5542 (18)
Passing Yards: 4165 (14)
Rushing Yards: 1616 (24)
Points per game: 22.1 (19)
Yards per game: 346.4 (18)
Touchdowns: 37 (15)
Field Goals: 22 (24)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 5887 (23)
Passing Yards: 4246 (22)
Rushing Yards: 1875 (22)
Points per game: 23.1 (15)
Yards per game: 367.9 (23)
Touchdowns: 39 (18)
Field Goals: 27 (20)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
6/7 D. Barnett cut
6/7 D. Barnett off IR undisclosed
6/1 C. Godwin signed/draft choice Four-year contract (through 2020)
6/1 D. Barnett on IR undisclosed
6/1 P. Magloire Jr. on IR undisclosed
5/31 S. Bailey signed
5/31 T. Barnes signed/unrest FA
5/25 J. Evans signed/draft choice Four-year contract (through 2020)
5/25 E. Nzeocha pract. squad add
5/23 J. McNichols signed/draft choice Four-year contract (through 2020)
Injuries
Date Player Status
6/1 D. Barnett undisclosed (IR)
6/1 P. Magloire Jr. undisclosed (IR)
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