With or without Jameis Winston, Bucs may be staring at 0-3 start

The Buccaneers may not have quarterback Jameis Winston for the first three games of the season. And it may not matter very much.

The Bucs open with games at the Saints, at home against the Cheap Jerseys China NHL Eagles, and at home against the Steelers, on a Monday night. Even with Winston, the Bucs may be staring at an 0-3 start. Without him, an outcome of no wins in three weeks becomes even more likely.

It was cool to finally get that under my belt, to be able to finally say that I played in a regular-season game, Heinicke said. I know the feeling of that now, the speed of it.

That’s more than the other backup quarterbacks on the team’s roster can say.

A player who reports and then departs opens the door for the so-called five-day letter, which advises the player that if he doesn’t return within (wait for it) five days, the team can then put him on the reserve/left squad Cheap Jerseys Direct Coupon list, shutting down his season and tolling his contract for a full year.

In Beckham’s case, this would mean he’ll still be working under the fifth-year option — and he’ll still be a full season from free agency or the franchise tag — in 2019.

Beckham also could try to hold in, which in his case would entail showing up but refusing to practice until he has a contract. That position quickly would amount to conduct detrimental to the team, exposing him to fines and suspensions and other problems somewhat akin to what Terrell Owens experienced in Philadelphia 13 years ago.

Based on how Beckham handled the offseason program (showing up but not really doing anything), and given his statement from a week ago that he plans to report for camp, Beckham probably has been contemplating a report-but-refuse-to-participate-in-team-drills approach. The news that a holdout remains on the table likely indicates that his representatives hope to persuade Beckham that it’s much better to not show up than to show up and not work.

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