Numbers show Jameis Winston better outside pocket and with play-action

TAMPA, Fla. -- Despite the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 43-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons last Thursday -- and the fact that the team is 3-5 -- the numbers continue to show that quarterback Jameis Winston is among the best in the league when playing outside the pocket.

That's something the team can continue to build on during the second half of the season.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Winston has thrown 10 of his 17 touchdowns from outside the pocket this season, three more than Aaron Rodgers and more than any other quarterback in the NFL.

Winston is 30 of 50 for 357 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and just one interception when throwing outside the pocket this year. His 60 percent completion percentage is second in the league.

Inside the pocket, Winston completed 151 of 256 passes (59 percent) for 1,680 yards and seven touchdowns, which is tied for 25th in the league, while his eight interceptions inside the pocket ties him for fifth-most in the league with Eli Manning.

His 17 total touchdowns are tied for fifth overall among all NFL quarterbacks.

Another area Winston is excelling at is the use of play-action. Winston has utilized 95 play-action plays this year, third most of any quarterback in the league. When he does use play-action, he's shown more accuracy, completing 49 of 65 passes (75.4 completion percentage) for 632 passing yards. Without play-action, he has completed 132 of 141 passes (54.8 percent) for 1,405 passing yards.

Compared to the rest of the league, Winston's 75.4 percent completion percentage off play-action is the fourth-highest completion among quarterbacks, just below Tom Brady.