When asked Tuesday about his relationship with wide receiver Mike Evans, the rookie quarterback said he's got big aspirations for himself and the receiver.
"I'm a big dreamer and I always tell Mike, 'Mike: Joe Montana, Jerry Rice,' just things like that, building our heads up," Winston said, per the team's official website. "That was one of the best duos of all time. But 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 ..."
The rookie quarterback's aspirations remain high even after an uneven performance during his first preseason appearance. The outing caused some fans to fret, to which the No. 1 overall pick offered a soothing response:
"Fans, please don't panic about one half of football," Winston said Tuesday night on WDAE-AM, via JoeBucsFan.com. "Please, there's no reason to. We did some great things and we're going to build on the positives."
It's true that Winston did show some positives in his final drive against a second-team defense, after his early struggles. The rookie also displayed resiliency in the pocket despite being engorged by defenders behind what likely will remain one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL.
Yes, it's lunacy to be mentioning Winston and Evans in the same breath as Montana and Rice, but I'm not going to tell Jameis he can't fantasize about it behind closed eyelids.