The Bucs selected Winston with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft. He has been entrenched as Tampa’s starter since his arrival. In 2017, despite battling a shoulder injury, he threw for 3,504 yards and 19 touchdowns in 13 games. His best season was 2016, when he threw 28 touchdowns and led the Bucs to a 9-7 record. His passer rating has improved in each subsequent season. After finishing with an 84.2 mark as a rookie, he improved to 86.1 in 2016 and 92.2 last season.
A sprained AC joint in his right shoulder last season caused Winston to miss all of three games and parts of two others. In three seasons, Winston has thrown 44 interceptions and has fumbled 31 times, losing 15. After scoring six rushing touchdowns in his rookie season, he had just one each year in 2016 and 2017.
You pretty much have to give Winston a mulligan in 2017 because of the shoulder problem. He missed the better part of five games and was less than 100 percent for a good part of the season. If he had not suffered the injury, a third straight 4,000-yard season was virtually a lock, and 25 touchdowns would have been a distinct possibility. He will need to cut down on the turnovers. He has not yet posted QB1 numbers in any of his three NFL seasons, but he is an excellent QB2 option.