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Jameis Winston has positive reaction to Tom Brady replacing him on Buccaneers

Jameis Winston has positive reaction to Tom Brady replacing him on Buccaneers

Jameis Winston is without a team as an NFL free agent after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers decided to sign former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady instead of bringing back the 2015 No. 1 overall draft pick.

Winston spent five seasons with the Buccaneers. His tenure in Tampa Bay ended in disappointing fashion and without any playoff success, but he doesn't seem too upset about the situation.

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The 26-year-old quarterback did an interview Wednesday on FOX News and talked publicly for the first time about being replaced by Brady as the Bucs' starting quarterback.

"One thing you can learn about me is my faith," Winston said. "I have tremendous faith in my lord and one thing about Tom Brady is it's understood that he is the G.O.A.T. For you to get replaced by Tom Brady in a city that you love so much, I guess that's kudos to me."

"But at the end of the day, it's a competitive sport. We're all in the business. I'm excited for whatever opportunity may hold and eventually I'm going to have to play the Tom Brady's, the Patrick Mahomes's and all the other great quarterbacks eventually. That's how you win Super Bowls and that's what I want."

Kudos to me? That's certainly an interesting way to think about the situation, but you have to respect the positivity he has during a difficult time in his career. In fairness to Winston, there are far worse quarterbacks to be replaced by, and Brady is the greatest QB of all-time as a six-time Super Bowl champion.

Winston's future is uncertain with free agency almost a month old. He still is a really talented player and deserves a chance to compete for a starting job next season, but he might ultimately have to settle for a backup role. 

NFL Rumors: Patriots may ask CB Joejuan Williams to play safety in 2020

NFL Rumors: Patriots may ask CB Joejuan Williams to play safety in 2020

If Joejuan Williams sees significant playing time in 2020, it may not be at his primary position.

The New England Patriots have asked the second-year cornerback to become more versatile on defense this season, posing Williams this challenge, per ESPN's Mike Reiss

"Can you be the jack-of-all-trades in the secondary?"

As Reiss wrote, that could mean Williams staying at cornerback, moving to safety or some combination of both.

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Why move Williams around? The simple reason: New England is stacked at cornerback, with reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore leading a four-man rotation with Jason McCourty, J.C. Jackson and Jonathan Jones.

The Patriots also are deep at safety -- Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung are the experienced starters with veteran Adrian Phillips and rookie Kyle Dugger joining as newcomers -- but Williams may be able to carve out a hybrid role as a slot cornerback or roving safety.

New England's second-round draft pick out of Vanderbilt in 2019, the 6-foot-3, 212-pound cornerback could take a cue from McCourty, who spent three NFL seasons as a cornerback before successfully transitioning to safety during the 2012 season.

Williams contributed just one pass defensed in nine games played last season, though, so he if wants to see more action in 2020, he'll need to add more skills to his tool box.

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady takes shot at Charles Barkley after 'The Match'

Tom Brady engaged in plenty of trash-talking with his opponents Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods during "The Match" on Sunday. But they weren't the only ones going back-and-forth with the six-time Super Bowl champion.

NBA legend Charles Barkley was a commentator for the charity golf match and didn't hold back from letting Brady hear all about his lackluster performance through the first few holes. On the seventh hole, however, the ex-New England Patriots quarterback birdied a par-5 with what was unquestionably the best shot of the day to silence Barkley. 

The real mic drop from Brady came after the match, though, when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB jabbed Barkley for his inability to win a championship during his NBA career.


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Boom, roasted.

Of course, the trash-talking was all just good fun. And it provided phenomenal entertainment while those involved in "The Match" helped raise more than $20 million to go toward COVID-19 relief efforts.