5'9'' / 203 lbs
Moving back to free safety
Winfield confirmed Tuesday that he'll be moving back to free safety for the 2023 campaign, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Head coach Todd Bowles hopes Winfield's transition back to the middle of the field will create an uptick in turnovers for Tampa Bay's defense, Brianna Dix of the Buccaneers' official site reports. The 2020 second-round pick operated as a free safety during his first two NFL campaigns, but he had a more versatile role in 2022 and played closer to the line of scrimmage. Across 42 career games, Winfield has totaled 246 tackles (174 solo), nine sacks, four interceptions, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
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Shines to close out season
Winfield collected 13 tackles (10 solo) in the Buccaneers' 30-17 loss to the Falcons on Sunday.
The standout safety was somewhat of an exception among Buccaneers starters Sunday, playing a robust 67 snaps and logging a season-high tackle total in the process. Winfield finished the 2022 regular season with another diversified stat line consisting of 80 tackles, four sacks, three defensed passes (including one interception) and a forced fumble over 13 games. He'll be in line to play a substantial role in next Monday night's wild-card clash versus the Cowboys, against which Winfield recorded six stops and an interception back in a Week 1 win.
Standout effort in Week 17
Winfield recorded six tackles (five solo), including one sack, during the Buccaneers' 30-24 win over the Panthers in Week 17.
Winfield logged one of two sacks of Sam Darnold on the afternoon, pushing his season total to a career-high four. The third-year pro has 13 combined stops over the last two games, affording him some solid momentum going into the regular-season finale versus the Falcons.
Ready to go Sunday
Winfield (ankle) is active Sunday against the Panthers, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Winfield will once again play through an ankle injury that he suffered Week 12 against the Browns. His ability to suit up should bolster the team's secondary against Carolina.
Limited at practice
Winfield (ankle) was a limited participant at practice all week ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Panthers.
Winfield played through his ankle injury the last couple weeks, and it appears he'll do the same in the Buccaneers' Week 17 division matchup with the Panthers. The safety's status is worth monitoring, but all signs point to him being available Sunday after he was able to play 93 percent of the defensive snaps in Week 16.