Jameis Winston
Pro Football Focus thinks Jameis Winston could lead the league in passing yards in 2019 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Pro Football Focus just released an enormous article on Pro Football Talk. It has to be at least 3,000 words of jampacked data. One of the more interesting notes involves Bucs quarterback, Jameis Winston. PFF is claiming that Winston could lead the league in passing yards in 2019. Is this a realistic possibility? PFF thinks so.

6. We think Jameis Winston will challenge for the passing yardage title in 2019. Last year he trailed only Josh Allen in average depth of target. These throws put Winston in a position to do great things at times (he was second among quarterbacks in the percentage of throws we grade as “positive”), as well as bad things (he was 21st in limiting negatively-graded throws). New Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has a track record of succeeding with high-variance quarterbacks like Winston. In 2015 Carson Palmer had an MVP-caliber season under Arians, posting roughly the same average depth of target as Winston in 2018 and leading the league in percentage of positively-graded throws. With Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and O.J. Howard a very capable trio of pass catchers, look for Winston to either make good on his 2015 draft position or give the Bucs no other option but to find his replacement the following year.”

I’ve been on this train since the Bucs hired Bruce Arians. Talent is not the issue in Tampa. Leadership and coaching have been the team’s downfall in recent years. Arians is not going to be a guy who puts up with BS. Those stupid mistakes that led to picks will not happen nearly as often with Arians.

Then we have the actual philosophies of Winston and Arians. They couldn’t be a better fit. Jameis loves to throw the ball down the field. Guess what? Arians probably draws up the deep ball more than any other coach in the NFL. Now that teams can challenge pass interference? Oh, boy. I think this is very realistic. The only sad part is I guess I’m not the only one on Winston this year. Add Winston to your fantasy team. He’s a great sleep in 2019.