New Orleans Saints: Can Jameis Winston adequately replace Drew Brees?

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - NOVEMBER 15: Alvin Kamara #41 and Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints celebrate following a touchdown during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 15, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - NOVEMBER 15: Alvin Kamara #41 and Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints celebrate following a touchdown during their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 15, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /
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Winston’s Lows

The roller-coaster ride wouldn’t be complete without the other end of the spectrum for Winston!

If you’re looking for a stable option under center, Winston certainly isn’t your guy.

That’s right, Winston’s 2019 season had more turnover-worthy plays than other quarterbacks since Pro Football Focus started grading quarterbacks. Although game script and unfavorable situation can explain some of those issues, a majority of it is on him.

As you can see, there are going plays that are going to cause you, along with all Saints fans, to pull their hair in frustration.

Winston’s poor decision making can lose a team games. Considering that New Orleans doesn’t need him to be their savior, that could become problematic- is he capable of being an efficient game manager?

Something else that could be problematic with Winston’s insertion under center is the extra pressure it puts on the offensive line. The unit as a whole has struggled more than expected this season, but Winston’s time to attempt numbers are much longer than Drew Brees’.

That could lead to more sacks, and for an offense that predicates itself on limiting negative plays, Winston is a much stranger fit than Teddy Bridgewater was a season ago.

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