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New Orleans Saints rookie roundup heading into the bye week

Here’s how the rookies fared against Washington.

New Orleans Saints v Washington Football Team Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The New Orleans Saints are now firmly in the hunt for an NFC playoff spot. New Orleans improved to 3-2 on the season with a 33-22 win over the Washington Football Team on Sunday.

Quarterback Jameis Winston, who leads the NFL in highest touchdown percentage per pass attempt this season, completed 15 passes for 279 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He’s averaging career-highs in QB rating (108.1), TD-INT ratio (12-3) and passing touchdowns per game (2.4).

Running back Alvin Kamara rushed 16 times for 71 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 51 yards and a score. Wide receiver Marquez Callaway caught four passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

Pete Werner is coming along nicely

Werner followed up his 10-tackle performance in Week 4 with a career-high 13 tackles against Washington. The 60th overall pick played all but one defensive snap against Washington at linebacker.

Werner will look to keep things going against the Seahawks and potentially record double-digit tackles for a third straight game.

New Orleans Saints v Washington Football Team Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Paulson Adebo made huge adjustments

Adebo bounced back against Washington after an ugly performance in Week 4. The third-rounder was on the field for 61 of the defense’s 83 plays. Adebo was targeted twice, coming up with an interception and allowed one catch for six yards.

Adebo will need to carry that momentum into Week 7 when the Saints face Seattle and Pro Bowl receivers DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.

Payton Turner needs to bring more pressure

Turner saw the field for 36 snaps at defensive end but has not been making the most of his opportunities. The first-rounder recorded three total tackles and one quarterback hurry against Washington.

Turner has only created a pressure on 7.4 percent of his pass rushing snaps but ranks first in the NFL in double team rate at the position, according to CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso. He’ll need to step up to help a Saints defense that’s second-to-last in sacks with eight.

New Orleans’ defensive line struggles could be attributed to the absence of David Onyemata, who was suspended for the first six games, and Marcus Davenport, who was placed on injured reserve after suffering a shoulder injury in Week 1.

Help is on the way as Davenport, Michael Thomas, Tre’Quan Smith, Terron Armstead, Erik McCoy, Kwon Alexander and Wil Lutz will all be eligible to return after the bye week for Week 7.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson underwent surgery after suffering a finger injury against the Los Angeles Rams and is expected to miss over a month. The Saints should be able to take advantage of a depleted Seahawks offense before facing the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Halloween.

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