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Jameis Winston says he’s ‘back at a good weight’ heading into camp


Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie quarterback Jameis Winston is eager to kick-off his first NFL training camp and indicated that he feels ready and raring to go while also suggesting that his weight is at an ideal place with the summer grind about to begin in earnest.

“I’m 236 [pounds] right now,” Winston said Tuesday, via ESPN’s Pat Yasinkas. “And I know in this Tampa heat during training camp, I’m going to lose a little bit more. I’m back at a good weight. I’m just looking forward to going out there and balling out.”

Winston, the first-overall pick in the NFL Draft, apparently remained in good shape during the five weeks Buccaneers players were off by working out with several of the team’s receivers in Tampa and Tallahassee.

“There never truly is an offseason,” Winston said. “These guys have been working their tails off trying to get better and trying to get into football shape. We’re ready to get football back in action.”

Much of the talk surrounding Winston leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft revolved around the speculation that the quarterback was having issues with his weight and that he had put on a few extra pounds following Florida State’s season, even appearing “flabby” during the school’s pro day in March. Additional photographs surfaced before then that appeared to confirm some semblance of weight gain.

But Winston and his people denied at every opportunity the notion that he was overweight heading into the NFL Scouting Combine where he weighed in at 231 pounds after being listed at 230 pounds during his final season with the Seminoles, prompting him to proudly proclaim, “I look good and I know it.”

But the fact that the Buccaneers’ rookie quarterback made mention that he is at a good weight heading into training camp arguably indicates he may have been packing a few extra pounds at some point.

Maybe he was eating too many crab legs or something.