Jameis Winston has decided he doesn’t want to be a fat quarterback anymore.
When Jameis Winston hit the NFL Combine and was doing the draft circuit this time last year, a lot was made about his body. Winston was rocking a hardcore dad-bod, and he became the subject of fat shaming on the internet for “squishy” in a sport where being lean is a key to getting ahead.
Eddie Lacy was told he was too fat for the Packers last year and he has since whipped himself into serious shape. Now it seems that Winston wants to do the same, even if the issue of his weight hasn’t come up as a negative with the Buccaneers.
According to head coach Dirk Koetter, Winston was so impressed by the players he saw at the Pro Bowl that is has motivated him to get into better shape. In so many words, Winston said he doesn’t want to be fat anymore.
"“When Jameis got back from the Pro Bowl that was the first thing he told me – just how impressed he was with Russell Wilson and Julio Jones, how they looked physically,” Dirk Koetter said Wednesday. “He said to me, ‘I need to change my body.’ I didn’t say anything to him about that.”"
Winston is currently clocked in at 231 pounds, but comparing himself to Wilson is a bit of a skewered one. Winston is 6-foot-4, while the Seahawks quarterback is 5-foot-11; so being 30-pounds heavier than Wilson isn’t that unfathomable for Winston to be.
But where Winston is probably coming from is that he wants to be leaner. He had a phenomenal rookie season and the issue of his weight really only came up in trolls as opposed to being a critique of his game. That being said, having Winston be more athletic is probably not a bad thing for the Buccaneers, as he’s the quarterback of the future and having him in as peak physical condition as possible is the most ideal situation possible.
If anything, Winston going from where he’s at now to being more lean would speak to his dedication — as there’s really no way to go wrong if this is what he wants to do.