For what it’s worth, Jameis Winston underwent LASIK surgery to repair his vision, reports Rick Stroud of TampaBay.com. The quarterback was previously nearsighted, and it was “always a lingering question” if that was impacting Winston’s performance. Stroud cautions that it’s uncertain whether this surgery was requested by the Buccaneers.
“Jameis did not want to count out any options that he had that could possibly help him with the game he loves so much,” said Denise White, Winston’s spokesperson. “He doesn’t want to miss out on any opportunity that presents itself. This is the game he loves and he wants to be the best at it and if there are any options that can improve his game he is willing to do it.”
While Winston set career-highs in passing yards (5,109) and touchdowns (33) in 2019, he also set a career-high (and led the NFL) with 30 interceptions. The former top-overall pick is set to hit free agency this offseason.
Let’s check out some more notes from around the NFL…
- The Chargers announced earlier this week that they wouldn’t be bringing back franchise quarterback Philip Rivers. After the signal-caller spent 16 years with the organization, GM Tom Telesco made it clear that he wanted the breakup to be as clean as possible. “Once we saw the way this was heading, it was in the forefront of my mind,” Telesco told SI’s Albert Breer. “I mean, he’s an icon for the organization and he’s done so much here. I wanted to make sure everything was done as respectfully and classy as possible. This can be a very difficult business for all of us to be in—head coaches, GMs, players. That was the thought in my mind.” The 38-year-old Rivers has already insinuated that he won’t be retiring.
- Speaking of Rivers, Jim Ayello of the Indianapolis Star suggests that the veteran could be a target for the Colts. For such a signing to take place, the writer opines that the front office would have to believe that Rivers is an upgrade over incumbent Jacoby Brissett. On the flip side, Ayello believes the signing wouldn’t clash with the sentiment that Indy needs to draft a young QB, as the player could realistically sit behind Rivers for the next two seasons.
- The Rams announced today that they’ve hired Tory Woodbury as an assistant special teams coach (via ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry on Twitter). Woodbury has been with the organization for the past three seasons, including the last two in their scouting department.