The Associated Press caught up with rookie quarterback Jameis Winston in Cleveland this week during a break from a four day rookie symposium.
One thing is clear: The Heisman Trophy winner is an extrovert. He enjoys the camera and is not shy.
As his counterpart No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota said he’s done with Twitter, Winston says “he will not hide” and will stay active on social media.
But the story this weekend regarding Winston was putting the past behind and focusing on his professional career. He says he realizes any misstep will be scrutinized. What was not mentioned however was the unspoken truth is really there are some who want to see him fail.
“I got to be a quarterback,” Winston told Tom Withers of the Associated Press.
“When I’m off the field, I got to be a quarterback. When I’m on the field, I’ve got to be a quarterback. I know people are going to look at me in each and every way.
As far as his past mistakes, “I have nothing to prove,” he told the AP. “I believe that people make mistakes but I also believe that you bounce back from those and I’m just moving forward.”
Right now is an easy time for rookie quarterbacks. His off the field actions will, as they were at Florida State, continue to be scrutinized. The challenges come when training camp begins, new offensive systems must be learned and then every pass in in every preseason game will be scrutinized. How does he deal with failure or mistakes?
The AP’s big story works as nice PR for Winston but does a nice job highlighting his personality and general mindset entering his rookie season. All eyes will be on Winston.