It turns out Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby was an unreliable witness because he wasn’t there when his former Florida State teammate, Jameis Winston, groped an Uber driver in March 2016.
The attorney for the former Uber driver confirmed a report from last week that Darby had not stayed with Winston the entire night in question.
The third man who spent time with Winston and Darby that night reportedly was Brandon Banks, a former Vanderbilt football player now in prison for rape.
There are a lot of reasons for that, starting with the basic facts of the Buccaneers’ schedule: The Bucs play on Monday night in Week Three, which means that after Winston starts his suspension at the conclusion of the preseason, he can’t return to the team until Tuesday, September 25. So the Bucs will be on a short work week heading into their Week Four game at Chicago on Sunday, September 30. Would the Bucs want to throw Winston in on a short work week, after three weeks off?
After that game against the Bears, the Buccaneers are on their bye week. So it might make more sense for them to play Fitzpatrick in Week Four, then give Winston time to get ready during the Week Five bye before he returns to the starting lineup in Week Six.
Of course, that assumes that Winston is going to return to the starting lineup at all. What if Fitzpatrick plays well and has the Buccaneers’ offense humming? Would the Bucs stick with the hot hand?