From bust to Hall of Fame bust in one week. That was the progression for Jameis Winston in the public eye — and in the eye of one his teammates on Sunday.
The Week 1 overreaction was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had drafted the wrong quarterback No. 1 overall after No. 2 pick Marcus Mariota and the Titans delivered a beatdown to Winston and the Bucs in Tampa. But Winston was calm and effective in Sunday’s upset of the New Orleans Saints — on the road. He completed 14 of 21 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for 23 yards and a score on six carries.
His highlight of the game on a terrific play in the third quarter, rolling away from pressure, buying time and hitting Louis Murphy for 54 yards.
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"For sure, man, Jameis is the No. 1 pick, he’s the No. 1 (rookie) quarterback. He’s going to have a great career, he’ll do great things, set records and I believe he’s going to be a Hall of Fame player," Murphy told FOX Sports by phone from a victorious locker room. "You can’t put the carriage before the horse. He’ll be fine."