TAMPA -- It's only preseason, but Tampa Bay's Jameis Winston is clearly making strides as an NFL quarterback.
Winston stumbled as he backed away from center before being wrapped up in the arms of Atkins and Gilberry and taken to the ground. He threw an incompletion on the next play, and then was penalized for intentional grounding on third down, forcing a punt.
The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner overcame a slow start in his preseason debut to lead a long scoring drive that he also capped with a TD run against Minnesota. One of his goals Monday night was to start faster, and he accomplished that objective with completions of 9 yards to Martin, 7 yards to Jorvorskie Lane and 11 yards to Austin Seferian-Jenkins on the opening drive.
Martin, slowed by injuries the past two seasons, looked like the running back who was one of the league's most productive players as a rookie three years ago. The fourth-year pro had runs of 7 and 15 yards, before running emerging from a cluster of players and bolting 30 yards to the 1 to set up Winston's TD on a bootleg around right end.
Winston played four series, completing 8-of-13 passes for 90 yards and no interceptions.
McCarron led an 80-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter for Cincinnati. James Wilder Jr., son of Bucs all-time leading rusher James Wilder, finished it with a 5-yard TD run.
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