Can Jameis Winston make the leap in year three?

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 24: Jameis Winston
NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 24: Jameis Winston /
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Will more help out wide change things?

However, the addition of Desean Jackson in the offseason gives Winston one of the best receiver tandems in football. Jackson lining up opposite Mike Evans is the perfect combination of speed and size.

And, this will give the third year pro much more reliable targets and afford him more open looks.

With Jackson opposite Evans, defenders can no longer consistently double team the former Aggie wideout.This may help Winston reduce the number of picks he throws due to the lack of double coverage.

Additionally, the deep threat that Jackson offers affords his quarterback the luxury of throwing the ball over the top with the knowledge that his speedster can go and fetch it. In similar fashion to a back shoulder fade where the only man able to reach the ball is the receiver, the deep ball over the top to Jackson can be thrown long without much threat of being picked off.

These options may help Winston to make better decisions and not attempt to force as many balls in to Evans in double coverage.

The move of Ali Marpet from guard to center should also work into Winston’s favour. Having his best offensive lineman over the middle will add stability on the interior.

This will hopefully allow a stronger pocket to develop, which will give him more time to set and go through his reads.

Not being on the run from ensuing defenders so often will certainly aide Winston.

Rookie tight end OJ Howard will also help in this respect. Adding another credible down the field threat and a real asset in the intermediate passing game across the middle of the field.