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Winston’s day at Cardinals facility “just great”

Posted by Darren Urban on September 15, 2016 – 8:10 am

Jameis Winston hasn’t yet played the Cardinals in his career. But he has played football at their practice facility.

The Buccaneers’ quarterback, who will be at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday, was in Tempe in March as one of the celebrity QBs for Kurt Warner’s annual charity flag football event. Cardinals Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, Drew Stanton and Patrick Peterson were also QBs for their own teams.

“I can take so much from those guys, just seeing their true passion and love for the game,” Winston said. “I really enjoyed Kurt Warner’s event, because it was football. It was flag football. You reach so many people. You gave men the opportunity to play with guys that they never thought they would ever play with. That was just great. That really helped me out.

Winston got a chance to mingle with the other players, speaking with Palmer (pictured below) before the event got started, and interacting with veterans like Fitzgerald and Peterson. “I’m trying to learn and hopefully be like them one day,” Winston said.

About Winston, Palmer told Tampa reporters “I love his game” and said he’s played like a veteran already.

That day in March, Winston wanted to win the tournament — the final came down to the teams of Warner and, coincidentally, the quarterback for the Cardinals’ opponent next week, Tyrod Taylor — and you could see it during the day-long affair. At one point during a break, when most teams were, you know, taking a break, Winston had his team on the field working on plays while coaching them up.

“I don’t really discriminate,” Winston said. “I don’t care if I was playing against three-year-olds.”

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8 Responses to “Winston’s day at Cardinals facility “just great””

  1. By Scott H on Sep 15, 2016 | Reply

    Alright, I’ve heard enough. Winston has clearly enjoyed his visits to Glendale entirely too much. Time to put a stop to that. We need to make sure his next visit is far less enjoyable.

    But he seems like a good guy. And I think he is one of the great QB’s of the next decade. This guy can play.

  2. By clssylssy on Sep 15, 2016 | Reply

    Yes Scott, Winston is the real deal and Tampa has done an excellent job of building a quality young team. I applaud them for their forward thinking and willingness to embrace new ideas and innovations to help their team succeed. Clearly Jason Licht’s extensive experience in the NFL has served him well in drawing wisdom from his time with the Patriots, Dolphins, as well as the Cardinals.
    In many ways, this may be even a more difficult game that Week 1,and I only hope our defense is up to the task. Our secondary has been exposed, is certainly anything but “savage”.
    Sure hope to see more of Chris Johnson and possibly even that dual RB threat that was talked about in the offseason as it seems BA likes to get a new toy and wear it out before playoffs are even a possibility.
    Wonder if a week was enough to pull it together as BA promised?

  3. By D on Sep 15, 2016 | Reply

    After Sunday’s game, hopefully we can stop hearing about how this team can get to the SB and only worry about the TB Bucs. You can’t just show up and expect to win in the NFL. No reason why the AZ Dline didn’t run through a bunch of backup OL Pats except for being unprepared and possible leadership deficiencies. They better have their A game against TB.

  4. By Joe C. on Sep 15, 2016 | Reply

    Darren,
    Since we’re clearly destined for a very good (high?) draft pick, should we draft our franchise quarterback or another all-pro CB? Or trade it to a team for both?

  5. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 15, 2016 | Reply

    Jason Licht has been outstanding in the draft. He isn’t just landing starters, these guys are good.

    his first year of 2014 he landed starters
    WR Mike Evans, TE Austin Sefarian-Jenkins , Guard Kevin Pamphile and back up RB Charles Sims

    2015 – Starters
    QB Jameis Winston, Tackle Donovan Smith, Guard Ali Marpet, and LB Kwon Alexander

    In 2016
    Stud CB Vernon Hargraves, DE Noah Spence

    This guy gets how to use the draft. Cards better bring their A game Sunday.

  6. By Chuck 1 on Sep 15, 2016 | Reply

    As pointed out by JTDG, it appears that Licht has at least drafted as well as Keim and possibly better.

  7. By Kevin S Mesa on Sep 16, 2016 | Reply

    OK, to be a little fairer, he’s had a 7th, 1st and 11th OA pick to work with in picking up Evans, Winston and Hargreaves. The earliest pick Keim has had in any of those drafts was the #20 in 2014, from which Keim traded down to 27 and got Bucannon and then also picked up the 3rd round pick that turned into John Brown, whom everyone was raving about for two years (though not so much recently).

    Granted, the one high pick Keim had (#7 OA in 2013) was a bust. I still am not sure we’d be saying a complete bust if not for a broken leg, but a bust nonetheless.

  8. By John The Draft Guy on Sep 16, 2016 | Reply

    Kevin and Chuck,

    I wasn’t comparing the two. I just said he has done a good job drafting.
    What team wouldn’t take 2015. A franchise QB, a tackle and guard that have started every game and one of the best young ILBs. Home run.

    Here is what is sad. We had Keim and Licht in 2012 and 2013.

    In 2012 – they missed on all the QBs, getting WR Floyd and Special Teamer Bethel, along with an average Tackle in Massie. While missing with guys like Fleming and Kelemete

    In 2013 – They whiffed on Cooper, taking Minter over Jamie Collins, while adding a couple of backup RBs and of course Honey Badger (which was as much a PP pick as anything)

    It appears to me, they are better apart than together.

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