TAMPA, Fla. -- First, Jameis Winston said he is a dreamer. Then, he backed it up.
The rookie quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers said Tuesday he sees a great future for himself and second-year receiver Mike Evans. Winston wasn't talking just great. He was talking greatest of all time.
"I always tell Mike, 'Mike, it's Joe Montana and Jerry Rice' and things like that," Winston said. "That was one of the best duos of all time. I love this game of football so much, so I try to relate me and a great receiver like him to other players that have done it before."
That's a very lofty goal. But Winston and Evans at least have the potential to be a duo for the ages. Winston comes with all the pedigree of being a Heisman Trophy winner and the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Evans had an outstanding rookie year, piling up more than 1,000 receiving yards despite some shaky play from the quarterbacks.
Put Winston and Evans together for a decade and, with a little luck, they could turn out to be an outstanding tandem. But Winston isn't walking into a situation where Evans is his only option at receiver. Vincent Jackson is a proven veteran, who also is coming off a 1,000-yard season and the Buccaneers also have some promising young receivers.
"We have so many great guys," Winston said. "I can't speak enough about how much Vincent helped me out, just being able to have that guy that I know is going to be right there every single time. That's one thing about being a quarterback, being able to feed everybody the rock. It makes players like Mike much more dynamic when you've got other players around like Kenny Bell, Louis Murphy and Russell Shepard, who's going to be at the right place at the right time all the time."