Aug 15, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) collects the loose football for a 13 yard loss after a bad snap as Minnesota Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (24) approaches for the tackle in the second quarter in a preseason NFL football game at TCF Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports
Bonus Slide: Jameis Winston
This isn’t a fair comparison for how their careers may go, but if the shoe was on the other foot you could bet that every media center would be throwing these numbers out there.
Passing: 9-of-19, 131 yards, 0 TDs, 1 INT, 2 sack.
Passer rating: 48.4.
Running: 4 for 18 yards and 1 TD.
This is just a quick synopsis, but man these two looked like polar opposites. Winston looked terrible through the first quarter and had he played against the starters (or even the second string players) for extended time, he probably wouldn’t have hit his sub 50% completion rate.
With his starting right tackle out for the year (the only solid offensive lineman he had) it is going to get a lot worse for the #1 overall pick before it gets better in my opinion.
This compared to Marcus Mariota who was already without his top receiver in Delanie Walker in his first preseason game. So conversely it should get a lot easier for Mariota in the future.
So I (maybe with some bias) have to score this 1-0 Marcus Mariota for now.