Jameis Winston replaces Ryan Fitzpatrick to begin second half with Bucs getting blown out by Bears
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston, who returned from his three-game personal-conduct suspension for allegedly groping an Uber driver this week as a backup, replaced Ryan Fitzpatrick to begin the second half with his club trailing the Chicago Bears, 38-3.
Winston didn’t immediately earn his starting job back after Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 400 yards in three consecutive games. And though Fitzpatrick wasn’t close to the biggest of the Bucs’ concerns in one of their worst halves in recent memory, completing 9-of-18 passes 126 yards and an interception, with the Week 5 bye upcoming, head coach Dirk Koetter is giving Winston a chance to knock some rust off before he likely resumes starting in Week 6.
To open the second half, Winston was quickly welcomed by the boos of Bears fans, then the 2018 season’s most dominant defender, Khalil Mack, who hit the quarterback’s throwing arm on a deep pass intended over the middle for DeSean Jackson that was intercepted by Bears LB Danny Trevathan.