Fitzpatrick in, Winston out as Buccaneers' starting QB
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston's inability to cut down on turnovers has cost him his starting job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Without speculating on what the move means for the young quarterback's future with the team, coach Dirk Koetter said veteran backup Ryan Fitzpatrick will lead the NFL's No. 1 ranked offense against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Winston was benched after throwing four interceptions during Sunday's 37-34 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Koetter said starting Fitzpatrick gives the Bucs the best chance this week against the Panthers, adding the change is "just for right now."
Winston entered the NFL as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft. He has 11 turnovers — 10 interceptions and one fumble — in four games since returning from serving a suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
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