Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston says he is not jealous of Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, although he wishes he had the Panthers' 11-4 record and an entry into the playoffs.
Earlier in the week, FS1's Jason Whitlock said Winston was jealous or had "competitive envy,'' of Newton.
"Am I jealous of Cam? I wish we had his record,'' said Winston, whose Bucs are 4-11. "But I admire Cam. I look up to Cam. Me being an Alabama kid, I say all the time, he played quarterback at Auburn. Cam knows he's the man. It's not my place to be jealous of Cam. I want to beat Cam every time I play against him. Absolutely. Nah. I'm not jealous of Cam. I love my life.''
Whitlock, who made the statement on Speak for Yourself, said Winston is in a battle with Newton to become the best "black quarterback." Winston outplayed Newton last Sunday but the the Bucs lost 22-19.
"I think Jameis Winston is jealous of Cam Newton," Whitlock said. "I think that game was absolutely personal to him. I think that…because of the racial politics around Russell Wilson, the battle for whoever the 'black' quarterback is, is between Jameis Winston and Cam Newton and Jameis wants that throne. Jameis believes he's better than Cam Newton. He's jealous of Cam Newton. He and Dirk Koetter came up with a game plan that was brilliant and they executed to perfection. I watched every drop of this game. Jameis fumbled three times virtually for no reason and cost them the game. Everything else went just according to plan. Jameis was better than Cam Newton. The Bucs should've won that game. But I think his jealously of Cam Newton is driving him and I absolutely love him."
Winston will finish his third straight NFL season without a playoff appearance and has lost his last eight consecutive starts.