'I hope I've helped myself, because I definitely want to be here'
Eduardo Encina, Tampa Bay Times, published 16 December 2019

If the jury is still out on Jameis Winston's future in Tampa Bay, there's no question he's made a strong case the past two weeks for the Bucs to keep him as their starting quarterback in 2020. That's what back-to-back 450-yard passing games - a feat that no other quarterback in NFL history has accomplished - will do.

Winston rebounded from throwing an interception on the Bucs' first offensive drive Sunday, throwing for 458 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-17 win over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Last week, Winston threw for 456 yards. On Sunday, Winston broke his own franchise single-season touchdown pass record, ending the day with 30 on the season, passing the mark he set in 2016 (28).

In evaluating Winston, the Bucs must weight his promise and his penchant for turnovers. The Bucs can either place the franchise tag on him, negotiate a long-term deal or cut ties with Winston altogether and look for a new quarterback. The Bucs have won four straight and five of their last six.

"I think we're just winning, and I think that's a big part," Winston said. "We've got to continue to find a way to win and as long as we're doing that, everyone will be happy."

Winston said after Sunday's game that he believes he's helped his case over the past two weeks, adding that he'd like to remain in Tampa Bay. “I hope I've helped myself, because I definitely want to be here in Tampa," Winston said. "We just have to finish strong and that's all we can focus on is week to week. We've got to finish strong. We've got some more adversity coming our way. No matter the adversity we've faced this year, we're going to be up for it and we're going to be ready."