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Sean Payton reportedly ‘eager’ to re-sign Jameis Winston

Sean Payton

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.

Report: Multiple Saints players wanted Jameis Winston to start over Taysom Hill

Taysom Hill

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has made the somewhat surprising decision to start Taysom Hill at quarterback against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, and the choice may not have sat well with all of the team’s players.

Multiple players and people within the Saints organization feel that Jameis Winston should be starting in place of the injured Drew Brees, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Payton, however, wants to evaluate whether or not Hill can become the full-time starting quarterback when Brees retires, which is likely to be after the season.

The Saints signed Hill to a two-year, $21 million extension last offseason. Payton reportedly informed Hill at that point that he would get an opportunity to start if Brees ever got injured.

But even with Hill starting on Sunday, the Saints have not ruled out keeping Winston once Brees retires. Winston is said to have impressed coaches and teammates in New Orleans thus far, and Payton considers him to be a part of the team’s long-term plans.

Brees was placed on injured reserve by the Saints on Friday, meaning he will be out for at least three games. The more we hear about the 41-year-old, the more banged up he sounds. Brees took a big hit in last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers (video here) that left him with rib fractures and a collapsed lung, and a new report revealed that the injuries are even more extensive than originally believed.

If Hill struggles on Sunday, it would not be a surprise to see Winston get a shot in Week 12. Both quarterbacks could have a chance to show why they are deserving of being the Saints’ starter after Brees is gone.

Taysom Hill to start for Saints over Jameis Winston

Taysom Hill

It has been widely assumed that Jameis Winston will start at quarterback for the New Orleans Saints now that Drew Brees is expected to miss several weeks, but it sounds like the team is planning to go in a different direction.

Taysom Hill has been getting the starter reps in practice for the Saints this week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports.

While some have wondered if both Hill and Winston could see snaps against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reports that Winston will not be part of any offensive packages.

Winston took over for Brees last week after the 41-year-old left the game with a rib injury. He completed 6-of-10 passes for 60 yards.

Hill is used in different offensive packages for the Saints even when Brees is healthy. He’s more of a combination between a quarterback, fullback and tight end, and Sean Payton likes to line him up in different spots and use him as a change-of-pace option.

The Saints signed Hill to a lucrative extension even after they brought in Winston last offseason, which shows they envision him as part of their future. There has been talk that he could be the starter when Brees retires, so it would make sense for Payton to give him the job while Brees is out.

Brees is dealing with multiple injuries that sound quite serious. He is expected to miss several games.

Alvin Kamara had funny response to Jameis Winston question

Alvin Kamara

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.

Jameis Winston replaces Drew Brees following big hit, rib injury

Drew Brees

Drew Brees struggled in the first half of Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers and took a couple of big hits, and the New Orleans Saints quarterback began the second half on the bench.

Brees was replaced by Jameis Winston to start the third quarter. Analyst Mark Schlereth said on the FOX broadcast that the decision was a result of the hit Brees took from Niners defensive lineman Kentavius Street in the first half. The Saints later announced that Brees suffered a rib injury.

Street sacked Brees in the second quarter but was called for roughing the passer. The officials felt Street drove Brees into the ground with his bodyweight, but replays appeared to show that the call was bogus. You can see a video of the play here.

Brees completed 8/13 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown prior to his exit.

Video: Jameis Winston ‘ate a W’ during Drew Brees interview

Jameis Winston eat W

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.

Jameis Winston, wife Breion Allen expecting second child

Jameis Winston

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 says he needed two days to move on from Buccaneers

Jameis Winston

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.

Jameis Winston seeing surge in MVP bets amid Brees controversy

Jameis Winston

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 looking forward to facing Buccaneers

Jameis Winston

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.