NFC South: Bucs unsure if plan at QB will work

With Jameis' three-game suspension looming, Tampa faces challenge at QB position

John and Hugh
August 09, 2018 - 11:01 am

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The NFL preseason kicks off tonight with 12 games on the schedule. One NFC South opponent on that slate is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who will take on the Miami Dolphins. The big question coming into this season for Tampa surrounds quarterback Jameis Winston. 

Tampa Bay Times Bucs beat writer Rick Stroud joined The Morning Show John Fricke and Hugh Douglas to preview the season, and the question marks that surround the quarterback poistion.

When the team released their first depth chart of the season, Jameis Winston was listed as the No. 1 quarterback ahead of Ryan Fitzpatrick. This comes as somewhat of a surprise because of a three-game suspension looming for Winston for violating the league's Personal Conduct Policy.

"[Winston] has put his team and himself in a really bad position," said Stroud. "They have a lot invested in him in terms of a first-round pick. Jameis, right now, has been humbled having to take second and third team reps; taking a backseat for now."

The Bucs first three games of the regular season won't be easy as they'll face the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers; all without Jameis. How do the Buccaneers plan to handle the preseason and the first three games of the regular season when it comes to the quarterback position?

"That's the challenge. They're not really sure how they're going to do it. They have a plan but part of the problem is, it's hard to get one quarterback ready for the season and now you're at a situation where you have to get two ready. "

Stroud said that in addition to getting two quarterbacks ready for the season, the Bucs also have to make sure they're healthy. That meaning, they both need to play behind the first-team offense to prevent injury.