Jameis Winston on Monday made essentially the most of his first NFL begin in a number of years as he lined up below middle for the New Orleans Saints. He made a powerful case for the crew’s beginning job.
Winston goes up towards Taysom Hill for the beginning quarterback job for Week 1. The winner will get to switch the longer term Corridor of Famer Drew Brees, who retired on the finish of the 2020 season. Towards the Jacksonville Jaguars, Winston performed nice.
He was 9-for-10 with 123 passing yards and two landing passes – each to large receiver Marquez Callaway.
“I’ve not began a soccer recreation in so lengthy, so I used to be so excited to get a chance to start out and lead the pack. It was thrilling, and the rhythm was nice. [The] offensive line was phenomenal, and we had guys like Marquez making performs all night time. You [have to] love that,” he mentioned.
Winston hadn’t began a recreation since he was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019. He informed reporters he felt “blessed” to get again into some type of beginning function even when it was simply the preseason.
“I feel I’m actually good on selections, I simply must get higher on accuracy,” he mentioned when requested about his strengths. “I had some balls that I actually want to have again that might have been huge completions for us. Particularly, that one ball that I threw to the proper that was lengthy. I simply must proceed to work and get higher. Like I mentioned, I’m specializing in execution. So long as I’m executing the proper means, my eyes are in the proper place, and I’m making the proper selections, I can reside with it.”
Hill completed the sport 11-for-20 with 138 yards and a landing. The benefit he has over Winston is that he ran the offense for a number of video games final season.
Saints coach Sean Payton mentioned earlier than Monday’s recreation he would decide on the beginning quarterback by the weekend, however he backtracked after the 23-21 win.
“Once we know what course we’re going, we’ll allow you to guys know. We’re not going attempt to anticipate saying, ‘Hey, it’s going to be midweek or subsequent week.’ That’s, I feel, one of the best ways for us to deal with it. It’s type of how we’ve all the time dealt with one thing like this, however I used to be happy with not simply the quarterbacks. I used to be happy with how we performed as a crew for essentially the most half,” Payton mentioned.