Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) warms up during the second half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Winston in, Fitzpatrick out as Buccaneers starting QB

October 01, 2018 - 6:05 pm

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The bye week is coming at a good time for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who not only are trying to get acclimated to having Jameis Winston back in the lineup, but need to find a way to fix a leaky defense.

Coach Dirk Koetter made it official Monday, confirming Winston will start the team's next game — at Atlanta — on Oct. 14.

The No. 1 overall pick from the 2015 draft missed the first three games of the season while serving a suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Ryan Fitzpatrick became the first player in league history to throw for more than 400 yards in three consecutive games while leading the Bucs to a 2-2 start in Winston's absence.

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