Bucs C Jensen downplays argument with Winston

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) celebrates a touchdown with center Ryan Jensen (66) in the first quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Oct. 14.Photo Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Jensen: "We cleared the air and we’re good.”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen downplayed a heated exchange he had with quarterback Jameis Winston during the team’s 28-14 setback to the New Orleans Saints.

Winston was demonstrative with his displeasure toward Jensen while on the sideline after the latter was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct during the second quarter of Sunday’s game at Raymond James Stadium. Jensen also was penalized for holding on the same possession which ultimately led to a punt.

Jensen stood up to confront Winston, and the two shouted at one another face to face with the 6-foot-4, 319-pound offensive lineman twice pointing his finger at the 6-4, 231-pound quarterback.

Guard Ali Marpet and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul joined offensive line coach George Warhop in separating the two before Winston walked away.

“We’re both competitors out there and coming off a bad play,” the 27-year-old Jensen said. “As families, families fight. Me and Jameis are highly competitive guys, and we cleared the air and we’re good.”

The Buccaneers (5-8) weren’t good, however, as their 14-3 lead evaporated in a hurry.

Winston finished 18 of 38 for 213 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while rushing five times for 47 yards. The 24-year-old has thrown for 2,154 yards with 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season for Tampa Bay, which visits the Baltimore Ravens (7-6) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET).

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