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Lovie Smith: 'A typical Jameis Winston day'

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith had a pretty good summation of Jameis Winston's performance in Tampa Bay's 26-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday night.

"I thought it was a typical Jameis Winston day," Smith said.

Smith was right on point. Winston started off slowly. The No. 1 overall pick in the draft struggled to move his team early on. His first three passes were off target and incomplete.

But playing the entire first half, Winston came on strong at the end of his playing time. He led the Bucs on a touchdown drive against Minnesota's second-team defense at the end of the second quarter and scored on an 8-yard scramble.

"He threw some good balls at the end," Smith said. "Pretty good decisions. We'd like to have that one interception back, but I thought he threw some pretty good balls. That's what you judge your quarterback on, decision making. For the most part, I think it was pretty good."

Winston was up and down as he finished with nine completions on 19 attempts for 131 yards and an interception. That's been exactly how Winston has played all through training camp. He's been hot one minute and cold the next.

"You pick up the game and you see how things are flying at you, you get into that mode of just playing football," Winston said. "I'm getting better every single play."

Winston's performance showed he still has a long way to go to get ready for the start of the regular season. But, if he can make "typical Jameis Winston days" more consistent and productive in the remaining three preseason games, he'll be all right.