Following a mixed performance in a preseason week one 17-14 loss at the Baltimore Ravens, the New Orleans Saints were making their 2021-22 preseason home-debut tonight against the Jacksonville Jaguars and potential future Hall-of-Everything quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
The game figured to be decisive in the Saints’ quarterback training camp battle between Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill, as Saints head coach Sean Payton revealed on the Dan Patrick show that he would likely reveal his starting quarterback before Saturday’s final preseason game.
Jameis Winston went just under a quarter and looked poised and in charge. The former Bucs quarterback played near flawlessly, going 9-of-10 for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Taysom Hill looked decent, however he did not come close to being as good as Winston. If Payton were to make his decision on who to start this season at quarterback off of this game, then Winston won the job tonight.
Here is how the game unfolded:
The Saints start the game with the ball, with Jameis Winston getting the start and hitting on his first two passes. Winston eventually goes deep and finds Marquez Callaway for an incredible touchdown pass and catch.
NO: 7 - JAC: 0
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On the ensuing kickoff, the Jags get the ball with Trevor Lawrence under center. The Saints’ defense stops two runs and then C.J. Gardner-Johnson tackles Marvin Jones short of the marker after a Lawrence pass, for a three-and-out.
The Saints get the ball near midfield, but on 3rd-and-6, two false-start penalties push the team back to 3rd-and-16. Saints eventually stall and punt.
Following another punt by the Jags, the Saints drive into Jags’ territory once again on a Winston pass to Callaway, clearly the Saints’ top receiver in the absence of Michael Thomas.
On a blitz, Winston would eventually find Callaway for the Saints’ second touchdown of the night, beating Shaq Griffin on the play. As if his first touchdown reception wasn’t amazing enough, Callaway made another jaw-dropping catch. Check this out!
NO: 14 - JAC: 0
Saints hold the Jags to another three-and-out, with the defensive line harassing Trevor Lawrence and forcing errant throws.
For New Orleans, Taysom Hill enters at quarterback, with Jameis Winston having had a nearly flawless night (9-of-10, 123 yards, 2 TDs), with the two touchdown passes going to Marquez Callaway. The Saints’ offense sputters and a holding call forces them to punt as the quarter ends.
The Saints once again harass Lawrence and force the Jaguars into yet another three-and-out and punt. Saints return the favor and go three-and-out the start for Taysom Hill doesn’t being auspiciously.
The Jaguars eventually find some success with Trevor Lawrence converting a few passes and using his feet to get Jacksonville into New Orleans’ territory.
The Jaguars eventually stall inside the red zone and convert a 34-yard attempt.
NO: 14 - JAC: 3
On the ensuing Saints possession, Taysom Hill finds Lil’Jordan Humphrey for two long completions, right into Jags territory.
The Saints eventually face a 4th-and-3 at the Jags 34-yard line, but Hill cannot find an open receiver and throws an incompletion.
The Jags keep Trevor Lawrence in the game, now with a lot of backups on the Saints’ defense. The Jags drive down to the Saints’ red zone. Lawrence eventually gets sacked by Jalen Dalton, the first sack of the game for the Saints.
Josh Lambo attempts and misses a 43-yard field goal off the right upright.
Saints get some work in for their offense with 36 seconds left in the half. Hill finds Ty Montgomery for two passes into Jags’ territory.
Taysom to Ty for 18 yards!— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 24, 2021
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Saints eventually stall and Aldrick Rosas makes a 52-yard field goal as the first half clock expires.
NO: 17 - JAC: 3
Saints kick off and Jags introduce Gardner Minshew at quarterback to start the second half. Jags move the ball and get into Saints’ territory. Facing a 4th-and-3, Minshew overthrows Laquon Treadwell and Jacksonville turns the ball over on downs.
The Saints continue with Taysom Hill at quarterback, playing with a lot of backups, but getting valuable reps. After gaining a first down, the Saints stall and punt.
The Jaguars cannot find a first down and punt once again, in what has become a bit of a punt-fest.
Saints put together a decent drive with Taysom Hill still at quarterback, New Orleans drives into the Jags’ red zone. Taysom Hill finds Lil’Jordan Humphrey for a touchdown, Rosas misses the extra point. Welcome to the Sean Payton dog house, Aldrick Rosas.
NO: 23 - JAC: 3
Gardner Minshew continues to drive the Jaguars. Jacksonville finds 30 yards on a screen play into Saints’ territory with some shady tackling by the backup defense as the quarter ends.
Jags drive to the Saints’ 18-yard line, but stall on 4th-and-15. Josh Lambo makes a 36-yard field goal.
NO: 23 - JAC: 6
Trevor Semien takes over at quarterback for the Saints, with former Falcons Devonta Freeman primarily handling running duties. Saints go three-and-out after a Semien pass is batted down.
The Jaguars drive all the way down to the Saints’ red zone, but an ill-advised pass from Minshew is intercepted in the end zone by Wynton McManis.
After yet another punt by the Trevor Semien-led Saints’ offense, the Jaguars bring in C.J. Beathard at quarterback and he drives Jacksonville all the way down the field for a touchdown.
NO: 23 - JAC: 13
The Saints offense has gone into a shell, and newly-signed wide receiver Kevin White drops two easy passes from Semien.
Saints punt again and C.J. Beathard continues playing well against the second defensive unit. Beathard finds Collin Johnson for a touchdown, with Natrell Jamerson biting on a double move. Jags go for two and convert.
How about two TD passes from CJ Beathard? He finds @Call_In_Johnson and then the @Jaguars convert the two-point conversion to cut the deficit to two.— NFL (@NFL) August 24, 2021
: #JAXvsNO on ESPN
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NO: 23 - JAC: 21
Semien finds Dwayne Washington all the way to midfield on a roll out pass that leads to the to-minute warning. Saints keep the ball and run out the clock to win the game.
Who should be the Saints’ starting quarterback?
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