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The Tao of Jaboo (Bethune Week Edition)


Every Wednesday Jameis Winston speaks and every Wednesday we'll provide you the highlights of his interview in a weekly feature called, "The Tao of Jaboo."

Jameis Winston stopped by on Wednesday afternoon to talk Bethune Cookman, last week's game and a whole host of other topics, among them: EJ Manuel. Winston credits EJ with giving him a great example:

“It was great to have EJ there just for me to be available to observe him," said Winston. "He led the nation in efficiency, he was up there, he always made good decisions. I don’t know how many interceptions he had but I know he did a great job for me.

"Just being able to watch him and how he’s able to process things, I can kind of put that to my game because we have similar games, it’s just that the first two games have been real good, EJ had two tremendous first games. Just looking up to him, wow, I’m just sitting, but now I’m actually on the field. I can be able to use some of EJ’s ideas or be able to do something that he did last year.”

Winston also makes sure to watch Manuel every Sunday, as he did again last weekend:

"I was proud of him. I didn’t say much, I just said he deserved it. I was kind of mad because of the interception at what people were saying. But I was like, he got blitzed. It was pass interference and he went down there and scored a touchdown on his dad’s birthday. That’s love. To do that for your dad and being that it’s your first pro football win, that’s amazing.”

Here are some other highlights:

##- On his relationship with his wide receivers:

“That’s one thing about playing quarterback at Florida State. You have great guys that are going to get the ball; you have great people that are going to protect you. Those guys are amazing, Kenny (Shaw), Rashad (Greene), KB (Kelvin Benjamin), even Christian Green, everyone has been playing their role with this team.”

##- Despite my repeated assertions that Kenny Shaw is becoming Winston's go-to receiver (10 catches, 188 yards and a touchdown through two games), Jameis says he has a good rapport with all of his receivers.

“I got great chemistry with all of my wide receivers. It was a run and this was my read. Coach tells me to throw that, if it’s open, just throw it. We just got in a groove that way; they weren’t covering it so we just kept on.”

 ##- On recovering well from his first career INT:

“That’s how I’m coached. That’s what I’m coached to do. A touchdown, I’m going to celebrate on the field, but when I get to the sideline that play is over with. An interception, I can put my head down or something, but when I get to the sideline, it’s over with because that’s the game of football. You’ve got to keep going, you never know what play is going to be the difference maker in a win or a loss.”

##- And finally, Winston was asked about his relationship with Jacob Coker - the guy he beat out for the Seminole starting QB job:

“You should just see us, just coming to practice and watch us. Nothing is different. It’s still like fall camp to us. We’re still out there having fun. We know that we can do the same thing, every quarterback that Coach Fisher has prepared, every one of those quarterbacks can go out there and do the same thing. And by us having the same guys around us, I said that earlier, any quarterback, young quarterback, it’s a young quarterback’s dream. And for both of us, me and Jacob, even Sean (Maguire), it’s fun to have guys like that around.


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