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Saints announce update on Jameis Winston’s status for Week 4

Jameis Winston with the Saints

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) before their game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints shared an update Saturday on the status of Jameis Winston for Week 4.

Winston didn’t practice this week as he struggles with a serious back injury. He was originally listed as doubtful for New Orleans’ game against the Minnesota Vikings in London. But the Saints announced that Winston was out.

Andy Dalton is the team’s backup quarterback and likely to start and take the majority of snaps at quarterback for the Saints. Taysom Hill is another quarterback option for the team.

NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero says the Saints signed Jake Luton from their practice squad to give the team another quarterback option beyond Dalton and Hill.

Winston suffered a back injury in New Orleans’ Week 1 win over Atlanta. He played the team’s next two games despite having four fractures in his back. The 28-year-old has passed for 858 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions this season.

Buccaneers star had brutal comment about Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston with the Saints

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) before their game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White had a pretty brutal take on his former teammate Jameis Winston following Sunday’s win.

The Buccaneers beat the Saints 20-10 Sunday thanks in large part to second half struggles on the part of Winston. The New Orleans Saints quarterback threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter, including a pick-six to Tampa Bay safety Mike Edwards that effectively killed off the game.

White was a rookie linebacker for the Buccaneers in 2019, which was Winston’s final season with the team. The linebacker clearly has not forgotten about playing with Winston, and delivered a brutal postgame assessment of the quarterback.

“When Jameis left our team, everybody knows what he did that last year. We feel like we had a great defense then, and he threw 30 picks, and we just knew he would give us the ball,” White said.

Ouch. White even got the number correct — Winston did throw 30 interceptions during the 2019 season. That offseason, the Buccaneers replaced him with Tom Brady, and went on to win the Super Bowl. White is pretty much saying that the Buccaneers were almost expecting Winston to throw some interceptions, and the plan was to take advantage of that.

This is a pretty strong indictment of a former teammate, but it’s tough to argue with anything White said. Even so, this probably will not do anything to de-escalate what has become a rather heated rivalry in recent years.

Jameis Winston playing through painful injury

Jameis Winston with the Saints

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) before their game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Jameis Winston spent the offseason working his way back from a torn ACL, and the New Orleans Saints quarterback is unfortunately dealing with another injury.

Winston suffered a back injury in the Saints’ 27-26 win over the Atlanta Falcons last week. He started Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he will have to endure a significant amount of pain. According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Winston has been diagnosed with four fractures in his back.

Glazer said Winston is “dealing with an awful lot of pain,” though he has been assured he cannot make the injury worse. He experimented with several types of padding prior to Sunday’s game to see which helped the most.

Winston went 23/34 for 269 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while leading the Saints to victory against Atlanta last week. The former first-round pick has done a great job of establishing himself as a leader in the post-Drew Brees era for the Saints. His teammates will likely appreciate his willingness to play through pain as well.

Jameis Winston goes viral for practice speech

Jameis Winston with the Saints

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) before their game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints showed that they believe Jameis Winston can be an effective NFL starting quarterback when they signed him to a new two-year deal, and the veteran is trying to prove them right.

Winston has clearly made an effort to take on a leadership role this offseason. Some Saints players held an unofficial training camp this week, and Winston went viral for a great speech he gave after one of the sessions. He sounded more like a coach than a 28-year-old quarterback. Here’s a portion:

Winston spoke to his teammates about the importance of taking care of their bodies. The speech ended with everyone huddled up and shouting “family!” on three. You can see the full speech below:

One of the reasons the two-minute was so noteworthy is that Winston does not exactly have a reputation for giving great speeches to his teammates. In fact, he was ruthlessly mocked over one attempt to do just that (video here) when he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers several years ago.

Winston is still working his way back to full strength after he suffered a torn ACL midway through last season. It is a good sign that he was able to practice with his teammates all week. He appears to be on track to start in Week 1.

Jameis Winston takes step forward in his recovery

Jameis Winston with the Saints

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) before their game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Jameis Winston has been rehabbing for several months after he suffered a torn ACL in Week 8 last year, and the New Orleans Saints quarterback took another big step forward this week.

Winston shared a video on Instagram Tuesday that showed him working through some throwing drills without a brace on his left knee. He took two-step drops and threw passes in the rain. You can see the clip below:

Winston had surgery on his knee last November. He had been wearing a brace during OTAs and minicamp and will likely wear it throughout the 2022 season. Still, it is a positive sign that he is able to work through drills without the brace.

In seven games last season, Winston threw for 1,170 yards and 14 touchdown passes, and just three interceptions. The 28-year-old played well in place of the injured Drew Brees.

The Saints signed another veteran quarterback this offseason, but the plan has always been for Winston to start. If he continues on his current path, he may be ready for Week 1.

Reporter provides update on Jameis Winston’s rehab

Jameis Winston with the Saints

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) before their game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston tore his ACL during Week 8 of the 2021 season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He has continued to make significant progress towards returning for Week 1 of the 2022 season.

ESPN senior NFL reporter Jeremy Fowler on Wednesday reported that Winston recently began planting and throwing off of his surgically-repaired left ACL while running play-action.

“Saints QB Jameis Winston is progressing on his ACL rehab,” Fowler wrote on Twitter. “Saints will likely take it easy with him this offseason but he’s working as if he’ll be a full go for training camp.”

This is nothing but good news for the Saints, who re-signed Winston to a two-year deal this offseason to be the team’s starter.

Winston proved to be a serviceable heir to Drew Brees before his knee injury. In seven games last season, the 28-year-old threw for 1,170 yards and 14 touchdown passes, and just three interceptions.

If Winston experiences a setback, the Saints can turn to another veteran quarterback they signed this offseason.

With a stacked wide receiver group featuring Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry and rookie Chris Olave, Winston is poised for a big comeback season.

Jameis Winston shares cool news via Instagram

Jameis Winston with the Saints

Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) before their game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Seven years after leaving Florida State, Jameis Winston is a college graduate.

Winston received his college degree on Saturday and participated in Florida State’s commencement ceremony. The New Orleans Saints shared a picture of Winston in his graduation gown on social media.

Winston posted his own pictures of the event on Monday, including one of him and his family posing in front of the school’s Bobby Bowden statue.

Winston had previously said he started taking online classes in 2016 in order to earn his degree. As of 2017, he was 26 credits short of graduating, but obviously fulfilled those requirements in the five years since.

The former Florida State star is preparing for his third season with the New Orleans Saints, albeit after a few hard feelings that developed during the offseason.

Jameis Winston was bothered by Saints’ Deshaun Watson pursuit

Jameis Winston with the Saints

The New Orleans Saints always appeared most likely to return to Jameis Winston as their quarterback for 2022. However, the team was heavily involved in the pursuit of Deshaun Watson.

Winston admitted that he was a bit upset by the Saints’ public flirtation with Watson. However, he is now grateful that the process forced him and the Saints to have “tough conversations” about how the team views him.

“I think that was the best part of this free agency process with me is because there were a bunch of tough conversations that I had with our coaches and with people on the business side of everything,” Winston said, via Katherine Terrell of The Athletic. “And I know if their pursuit of Deshaun didn’t happen, I would not have been able to have that growth and those conversations with people in important roles. So I’m actually thankful that everything turned out how it did because we did have to have tough conversations. We had to have conversations that probably I didn’t want to have or that they didn’t want to have. But it ended up leading to this now.”

Part of the issue for Winston was not just the pursuit of Watson, but the fact that the team has a new head coach in Dennis Allen. Winston wanted to know how the Saints viewed him and if he still had the confidence of the team’s coaching staff.

Reports consistently indicated that the Saints were just fine bringing Winston back. They owed it to themselves to see if they could land Watson, who is a superior quarterback. When they didn’t get him, they were fine going back to their safe secondary option. Winston seems to get that.

Photos: Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) before their game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Jameis Winston re-signs with Saints

Jameis Winston with the Saints

The New Orleans Saints are one of a few teams that aggressively pursued Deshaun Watson only to miss out on the star quarterback, so they are bringing back a familiar face instead.

Jameis Winson has agreed to a two-year contract with the Saints. Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media report that the deal is worth $28 million with $21 million guaranteed, which is clear starter money.

Winston spent the last two seasons with the Saints. He tore his ACL in late-October, but he has said he hopes to be ready for the start of the 2022 season. The 28-year-old posted solid numbers before he got hurt, throwing for 1,170 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions in seven games.

New Saints head coach Dennis Allen was an assistant on Sean Payton’s staff for several seasons before being promoted, so there is familiarity between him and Winston. The Saints must like what they saw from Winston before the year-ending knee injury.

Photo: Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) before their game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Saints eyeing new QB target after Deshaun Watson trade effort

Dennis Allen in a headset

The New Orleans Saints are moving on quickly after missing out on Deshaun Watson.

The Saints are expected to revisit their interest in Jameis Winston after Watson turned down a trade to New Orleans, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Winston played for the Saints for the last two seasons and appears to have been the team’s fallback plan all along.

The Saints aimed high with Watson, but fell short. Turning to their fallback option makes sense. Winston knows the system, and the Saints appear to view him as a safe, comfortable option if all else fails.

Winston tore his ACL on Oct. 31, but appears to be making good progress and hopes to be ready for the regular season. The 28-year-old passed for 1,170 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions last season before the injury.

Photo: Dec 19, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen serves as head coach as Sean Payton has Covid-19 during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports