The New Orleans Saints are expected to enter next season without Drew Brees as their starting quarterback. The future Hall of Famer is widely expected to retire and even reworked his contract amid that expectation.
The big question is: who will replace him?
Taysom Hill succeeded in a short period of time last season, while Jameis Winston took more of a backseat. But one Saints player believes Winston is more likely to be the guy next season.
Saints defensive star Cameron Jordan said on Morten Andersen’s “Great Dane Nation” podcast that he believes Winston is up next.
“Jameis Winston up next I believe is what (head coach) Sean Payton said,” Jordan said on the podcast, via The Score.
Winston signed a 1-year deal with New Orleans last year and is a free agent, while Hill is under contract with New Orleans. So the Saints still need to re-sign Winston.
Payton has reportedly been excited about Winston and has praised him recently.
Winston passed for a league-high 5,109 yards when he was a starter for Tampa Bay in 2019, but he also had a league-worst 30 interceptions. Any success he has in New Orleans would depend on his ability to cut down on the turnovers while still being able to move the ball.
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton turned to Taysom Hill as his starting quarterback earlier this year when Drew Brees went down with an injury. Some interpreted that to mean Payton views Hill as his quarterback of the future, but it doesn’t sound like that is the case.
Jason La Canfora reported on the “NFL on CBS” pregame show Sunday that Payton is “eager” to re-sign Winston this offseason. With the assumption being that Drew Brees will retire, Payton wants both Winston and Hill to play significant roles in 2021.
“I’m told he’s very eager and motivated to re-sign Jameis Winston,” La Canfora said. “He’s been impressed by everything about Winston and wants to have that traditional quarterback to couple with the unorthodox Taysom Hill.”
Hill started several games when Brees was out this season, and he played well overall. However, he clearly has limitations in the passing game. Hill is the type of hybrid quarterback that tends to struggle in the NFL once defenses compile enough film on him. That’s why it would make more sense for Payton to continue using him as a change-of-pace option in certain packages going forward.
Winston appears to have support from his teammates as well. There was reportedly some frustration within the Saints locker room earlier this year when Payton named Hill the starter.
No one seems to know exactly what Payton is thinking, as there was also talk earlier in the season that he envisions Hill as the Saints’ franchise quarterback. What the Saints do with Winston this offseason will say a lot about Payton’s plans.
The New Orleans Saints lost their starting quarterback and unquestioned leader when Drew Brees left Sunday’s game with a rib injury, leaving Jameis Winston to take over the huddle. Apparently there was nothing strange about that for Alvin Kamara.
Following the Saints’ 27-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers, Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Advocate asked Kamara what it was like to have Winston in the huddle. The star running back gave a very straightforward response.
“Well, Sean Payton called a play, and then Jameis told us the play, and that’s what he did throughout the game,” Kamara said.
To Johnson’s credit, he openly admitted that Kamara “dunked on my dumb question.”
The question certainly wasn’t great, but it wasn’t unreasonable, either. Obviously the game takes a different feel when a starting quarterback and future Hall of Famer leaves with an injury. Johnson wanted to get an idea of how Winston handled that situation, but Kamara wasn’t about to give much away.
It took Winston a while to find a job last offseason, but he seems comfortable in New Orleans. We saw a good indication of that when he was messing around with Brees on camera after a recent win.
With Brees expected to miss time with rib and shoulder injuries, the Saints may have to rely on Winston the way they relied on Teddy Bridgewater last year.
The New Orleans Saints handed Tom Brady the worst loss of his career with a 38-3 win on “Sunday Night Football” over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. and partied afterwards.
Videos from inside the locker room showed Jameis Winston and Sean Payton dancing, among others. Winston was having the time of his life and eating a W again, just like he did in the postgame interview. Payton was dancing it up with his players too.
After a huge win like that on the road, you have to celebrate. And watching Jameis loving life despite barely doing anything in the game was too much fun.
The Saints are now 6-2 and hold the head-to-head tiebreak against the 6-3 Bucs. They’re in command and tied for the best record in the NFC along with the Packers and Seahawks.
Jameis Winston gave fans a thrill on Sunday night.
Winston saw some action during the New Orleans Saints’ 38-3 win and completed his first pass of the season. For those who were clamoring to see him finally play, they got that. But then they got even more.
During Drew Brees’ postgame interview on NBC, Winston interrupted and “ate a W.”
Winston is just thrilled that his new team beat his old team both times this season, even if he had very little to do with it.
So what’s the story with “eat a W”? You may recall before a game in 2017, Winston gave a speech to his teammates about how they would need to “eat a W” (watch it here).
The saying was as bizarre as you could imagine, and few knew how to take it but laugh. Fans haven’t had much Winston flavor in their lives since he’s been on the bench in New Orleans, so it was nice to have a taste of it back.
Drew Brees on Monday continued his downward trend this season, which led to negative commentary on social media.
The legendary New Orleans Saints quarterback typically lights it up on “Monday Night Football,” but was struggling at home against the Los Angeles Chargers.
He was 7/15 for 43 yards and an interception through the first 28 minutes of Monday night’s game. After an overthrow led to his first interception, many fans watching the game said Brees was “washed up.”
Then there were people bringing attention to backup Jameis Winston.
Of course, right after everyone started mocking Brees, he led a touchdown drive and went 5/6.
Brees isn’t as good as he used to be, but maybe he’s not quite as bad as some were making it seem. But even he seems to be recognizing his limitations this year.
Jameis Winston is having a very busy offseason.
Winston and his longtime girlfriend Breion Allen got married back in March in a private ceremony amid the coronavirus pandemic. Winston has since signed with the New Orleans Saints to back up Drew Brees, and he will be adding a baby to the mix before long. On Monday, Mrs. Winston announced that she and Jameis are expecting their second child together — a boy.
Jameis and Breion have a son, Malachi, who recently turned 2. He’ll be getting a brother in January 2021.
Winston and Allen have been together since the quarterback was a star at Florida State. Allen has stayed with Jameis through the disturbing allegations he faced in college, and she has always been quick to defend him against critics.
Winston was replaced by Tom Brady in Tampa Bay at the start of the offseason, and he is determined to revive his career with Sean Payton in New Orleans.
Jameis Winston went to college at Florida State before becoming the first overall pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2015 NFL Draft. With such close ties to the state and high hopes pinned on him, you’d expect his departure to be a somewhat emotional experience.
According to Winston, it was — for two days.
That’s how long Winston said he needed to mentally reset after the Buccaneers signed Tom Brady, officially ending Winston’s tenure with the organization.
“I thought to myself, ‘Hey, man, I love the city of Tampa Bay, and I really want to be here. This is where I want to be,'” Winston told Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report. “I’ve done so much in this community. This community has received me well. When I first got here, I had to overcome so much. I’m going to work my tail off to be there in this city. Two days. Just because I’m human.”
Winston has since joined the New Orleans Saints as Drew Brees’ backup, and he’s openly looking forward to facing the Bucs. He’s adapted quickly to the offseason changes and appears at peace with them. Now he has to earn another starting job in the NFl.
The firestorm surrounding New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had led to an interesting development on the NFL betting front.
Former Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, Brees’ backup in New Orleans, is seeing a surge of bets being placed on him to win 2020 NFL MVP, per OddsChecker. The site adds that half of all bets placed on NFL MVP in a 24-hour period after the Brees controversy came to light were placed on Winston.
“Whoever starts under centre for the Saints this season will have one of the most dangerous offensive units in the league at his disposal and thus a great chance of being named MVP,” said OddsChecker spokesperson Pete Watt, per Luke Easterling of Sports Illustrated. “If the current negativity surrounding Brees escalates, the Saints may feel pressured to take him out of the limelight. At that point, +20000 on Winston starts to look mighty appealing given that a $10 wager would net a profit of $2000 if he manages to scoop the award.”
Brees, the longtime Saints signal caller, received major backlash this week for saying that he still would not support NFL players kneeling for the national anthem in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing. The former Super Bowl MVP was roundly criticized for the remarks, including by his own teammates, and has since apologized.
As for Winston, much was made of his shaky 2019 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But with a new team, new and improved vision, and the potential for a real opportunity to start depending on how the Brees situation plays out, the story could very different for Winston in New Orleans.
Jameis Winston is looking forward to possibly getting some revenge against his former team.
Winston officially agreed to a contract with the New Orleans Saints this week after spending his previous five seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Winston already believes that he’ll be at an advantage being able to learn in New Orleans. Beyond that, he has some other motivation for signing with the Saints.
Winston joined NFL Network’s Colleen Wolfe on NFL Total Access Friday and said he wanted to face the Bucs.
“I can’t wait to compete against them,” Winston said. “It’s going to be fun. I know Tom (Brady) is going to bring his relentlessness and his attitude there, but it’s going to be fun and we’re ready to compete. We’ve always been competing. When I was at Tampa, we got them sometimes and they got us sometimes. Last year they swept us, so I know they’re going to try and come and get us this year, but I’m in that black and gold now, so I’m gonna be like, ‘Who Dat? Who Dat say they gone beat them Saints?'”
Brady is the quarterback who replaced Winston in Tampa Bay, and there is no doubt the former Patriots QB will be relentless with his new team. As for Winston, he probably won’t be playing when the teams meet considering he is backing up Drew Brees and competing with Taysom Hill. But you never know how much action he may see.