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Jameis Winston out as Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ starting QB

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) is chased by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) during the first half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (Frank Victores / Associated Press)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) is chased by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) during the first half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (Frank Victores / Associated Press)
By Fred Goodall Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. – 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 (467 yards per game) 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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