The New Orleans Saints could very well have a new quarterback to start the season for the first time in fifteen years as Drew Brees looks primed to call it a career. There are plenty of options available for Drew’s potential replacement, via free agency, the trade market, and the 2021 NFL Draft.
But the first quarterback dominoes have officially fallen, with Matthew Stafford now a member of the Los Angeles Rams, and former Rams quarterback Jared Goff moving to Detroit. The staff here at Canal Street Chronicles was asked to weigh in on who they think the quarterbacks on the 2021 Saints roster will be, and here’s who everyone picked:
Ross Jackson and Maddy Hudak:
Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill, and Trevor Siemian
In maybe the most likely scenario, but by far the least exciting, Ross and Maddy expect the Saints to roll with the remaining three quarterbacks who were on the roster to end the 2020 season. They predict the Saints will re-sign Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill will remain on the team, and practice squad quarterback Trevor Siemian will be elevated onto the main roster.
Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill, and a random backup
We’ll mark this one down as a cross between Maddy and Ross saying that the “random backup” will be Siemian, and some of the predictions below that offer other options.
Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill, and Trey Lance
Here we go now with a “random backup” that’s more on the younger side. North Dakota State QB Trey Lance is projected by many to be a first round pick, likely gone well before the Saints would be on the clock with the 28th overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. If the Saints want to add Lance, it more than likely requires a trade up in the draft, something we know Mickey Loomis is not afraid to do.
Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill, and Kyle Trask
Unlike Lance, Florida quarterback Kyle Trask could very well still be on the board come the 28th pick. It’s also possible that Trask is still available in the top half of the second round, meaning the Saints could possibly pass on Trask in the first round, and then trade some of their compensatory 3rd round picks to move up in the second and take Trask as a potential quarterback of the future.
Jameis Winston, Trevor Siemian, and Kyle Trask
It is for these reasons I believe Trask would be the guy if the Saints want to draft a quarterback early. It would likely mean the Saints are able to stand pat with the 28th pick (or even trade back?), but more importantly, I have Taysom Hill not even on the Saints roster in 2021. I think the Saints have seen everything they need to from Taysom, and whether he’s traded or outright cut, I think the Saints can just use Siemian as the clipboard-holding backup while grooming Trask.
Drew Brees, Taysom Hill, and Trevor Siemian
This one is sure to be divisive.
Kade still has Siemian in his clipboard-holding role, but instead of Taysom Hill finding a new team in 2021, Kade predicts it will be Jameis Winston who signs elsewhere after the Drew Brees returns for another year and Jameis searches for a starting gig somewhere else.
Drew Brees, Jameis Winston, Taysom Hill
The status quo.
Kevin predicts the Saints will roll with their same primary trio they had in 2020.
It’s not exciting, but each day passes without Drew Brees announcing his retirement takes us one day closer to this possibility.
Make sure you follow Canal Street Chronicles on Twitter at @SaintsCSC, on Instagram @SaintsCSC, “Like” us on Facebook at Canal Street Chronicles, and make sure you’re subscribed to our new YouTube channel.