Jameis Winston has caught the attention of the New Orleans Saints head coach early on in training camp. USA Today reported how Sean Payton noted that Winston looks leaner and he’s not scared to work. There’s nothing more gratifying for the Saints organization to have a backup quarterback last year that threw over 5,000 yards and comes in with a huge chip on his shoulder.
Winston is competing for the backup quarterback spot behind the future Hall of Fame quarterback, Drew Brees. Taysom Hill is the other quarterback competing for the role, but Sean Payton wants him to take other roles like last year by playing some tight end, running back, and wide receiver. The Saints were open to having another quarterback on the roster this off-season, because Hill has a higher chance of injury by getting lots of game time at multiple positions.
Drew Brees missed five games last year from his thumb injury and this may likely be his last season. They took a strong look at their backup quarterback position in the 2020 off-season to prepare for an unexpected injury to Brees and/or find their quarterback after he retires.
The Saints were fortunate to scoop up Winston, who was one of the best free agent quarterbacks, then bring him in as a back up quarterback. The most beneficial aspect of the signing, is that Winston carries himself with a lot of pride and confidence because he chose to sign with the Saints for their structure and intelligence. He called the quarterback room for the Saints a “Harvard” education.
Quarterback Depth Chart: Drew Brees, Taysom Hill, Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston will have plenty of opportunities to grow in the Saints offense. Taysom Hill will have to take reps and be a factor in his “joker” role which is playing WR, TE, & RB for the Saints passing attack. Tommy Stevens was drafted a quarterback in the 7th round for the Saints, but he recently got a number and position switch to tight end.
It seems likely that Sean Payton will want a quarterback who shows potential and production with a combination of stability as the primary backup, versus a quarterback like Hill or Stevens, that has a lot of other meetings and field work for other positions.
At this point, it seems like it will be Winston’s job to lose as the Saints #2 quarterback for the 2020 season.
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