Jameis Winston Not Featured In Buccaneers' New Hype Videos For '18
The Buccaneers released "four short promotional videos for the season ahead," and QB Jameis Winston, suspended for the first three games of the season, "wasn't among the players featured," according to Greg Auman of the TAMPA BAY TIMES. The "Wreak Havoc"-themed videos feature other players like DT Gerald McCoy, LB Kwon Alexander and WR Mike Evans. The team "isn't expected to release any additional videos before the season, but Winston could be included in videos released during the season." Winston is "still featured on the southwest corner of Raymond James Stadium as one of the team's four large murals from last season." But it "makes sense that the Bucs would shift away from featuring him prominently in their promotions, given the gravity of a three-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy, and a wide variety of reaction from fans since." Meanwhile, Tampa-based Bill Currie Ford car dealership has "had an endorsement deal with Winston since before his rookie season," and the QB was "featured (with former Rays star Evan Longoria) on a billboard on southbound I-275, just north of Hillsborough Avenue, but that billboard has been replaced recently with a generic billboard with no athletes." The billboard had "remained up at least six months" after Longoria was traded to the Giants (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 7/19).
LIMITED AVAILABILITY: The TIMES' Auman notes free passes to a "limited window for the general public to see the Bucs practice in training camp are already almost gone." Only six practices will be "open to the general public" and as of Wednesday night, "four of those six (including all three weekend dates) had no tickets available, leaving only two weekday sessions." The cutoff is "around 3,000 for the free practices, which will conclude with a final 45 minutes or more held" in the team's new $20M air-conditioned indoor facility, which "opened last year." The "high demand for free tickets explains why some NFL teams are able to even charge fans for access to training camp" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 7/20).