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Jameis Winston says he’s ‘not a loser’ despite 9-15 record in NFL

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Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are struggling with growing pains in his second season. But the quarterback out of Florida State insists he’s “not a loser” despite posting a 9-15 record in his NFL career.

The Buccaneers sit with a 3-5 record at their season’s midway point and have yet to win a home game. It’s clear the disappointing season is having an effect on Winston. And yet, he remains defiant, refusing to allow the losses to obscure his career goals.

“Losing, I believe … losing is too easy. And I hate easy stuff,” Winston said, via ESPN. “I hate easy. Going out there and losing is so easy. I want stuff to be hard — that’s why I want to win championships, I want to win games.”

After a stellar rookie season in which Winston posted solid stats — completing 58.3 percent of his passes for 4,042 yards, throwing for 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for an acceptable 84.2 rating — the Bucs’ record isn’t a result of Winston going through the proverbial sophomore slump.

In fact, Winston has a slightly better QB rating (85.4) while posting an improved 59.2 completion percentage. He’s already passed for 17 touchdowns — with nine interceptions — putting him well on the way to improving last season’s output.

But after going 26-1 during his college football career with the Seminoles, wins at the NFL level are harder to come by. Injuries on offense and a leaky defense have been the primary culprits for Tampa Bay’s disappointing season.

Winston insists he remains confident in his abilities, as well as those of his teammates. And with vigilance, Winston believes the Buccaneers can turn around the organization’s misfortunes.

“Confidence-wise, it’s easy, because I’m not a loser,” Winston said. “We’re winners in this building. And I believe it’s a choice. It’s a mentality that we’ve gotta have and we’re building. We’re heading on the right path. We just gotta get over the hump, and I’m going to do what I need to do to help us get over there.”