Ever since Jameis Winston arrived in the NFL two years ago, he’s forged a deep relationship with Tim Grover, the man who famously trained Michael Jordan during his prolific NBA career. After a rookie season in which Winston played at 240 pounds, a weight on par with quarterbacks like Ben Roethlisberger, Winston focused on shedding his baby fat and called on Grover for help. By year two, Winston was down to 225 pounds.
Winston is now heading into his third year as the signal caller for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his most important as a pro. Last year, despite posting a 9-7 record, the Bucs missed the playoffs; and after wide receiver DeSean Jackson was signed in free agency to pair with Mike Evans, Winston will be expected to guide the Bucs to their first playoff appearance since 2007.
In preparation, Winston has called on Grover once again.
Grover posted a video of Winston working on strengthening his shoulders by holding a dumbbell in his left hand and a football in his right. Keeping his legs facing forward, Winston rotates his body to one side, then drops both objects simultaneously before snatching them both out of the air a second later. He then rotates to the other side and repeats the drill.
“When I’m working with Jameis we want to strengthen and protect the shoulder,” Grover writes in the video’s caption. “I have him hold the ball and the weight to enhance object awareness, always returning to the start position as quickly as possible without sacrificing form. This is training, not just working out.”
With a hugely important season ahead of him, Winston is wasting no time getting prepared for year three of his NFL career.
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