Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston is making sure any conversations about his stomach this year revolve around how much smaller it looks compared to how it did by the end of the 2015 season.
According to comments made to ESPN by his offseason trainer, Tim Grover, per Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Winston has dropped 18 pounds since January.
Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans told Auman that he recently had a conversation with Winston about the weight loss:
He lost a lot of weight. He slimmed out. I was joking with him the other day. He took his shirt off, and I said 'Man, what happened to the belly?' He's got a six-pack like me. He's put in a tremendous amount of work and I think it's going to be a great year for him and this whole team.
Winston's weight was a huge topic of conversation before the Buccaneers made him the No. 1 pick in last year's draft. Last February, during a predraft workout, this picture from Barstool Sports' Dave Portnoy of the former Florida State quarterback generated many headlines:
John Breech of CBS Sports wrote about the picture, asking in the headline if Winston was "putting on JaMarcus Russell-type weight?"
If Winston was a little soft in the belly during the season, it didn't seem to impact his performance. He set franchise rookie records with 4,042 passing yards and 22 touchdowns.
Ultimately, Winston's weight loss helps put him in better physical condition to endure the grind of a 16-game NFL season and puts to rest any concerns about his dedication to making himself better after a successful rookie campaign.