Jameis Winston had to lose baseball throwing motion

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie quarterback Jameis Winston was interviewed on SportsCenter on Friday and he ended up talking about baseball.

Winston also was a pitcher and outfielder at Florida State and he said he has altered his throwing motion since coming to the NFL.

“Quickening my stroke was just a lot of repetition,’’ Winston said. “The main thing was to get my left hip open. Sometimes, when I’m pitching, I throw with a closed hip. [Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter] has been emphasizing, 'Jameis, get your hip open when you throw.'"

Winston also talked about the perception that he is the face of the franchise after being the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

“I don’t think about being the face of the franchise,’’ Winston said. “That’s why we have [defensive tackle] Gerald [McCoy]. We have [wide receiver] Vincent [Jackson]. My role right now is to play quarterback and to do that job the best I possibly can.’’