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Saints: 3 reasons Jameis Winston should be the next man up

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 17: Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 17, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 17: Jameis Winston #2 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Mercedes Benz Superdome on January 17, 2021 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /
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Accuracy and Strength

When you look at passing accuracy, there is no one better than Drew Brees. In fact, Brees has broken the NFL record for passing accuracy in a single season and has since broken his own record two or three times over. That is an impossible thing to replace.

Looking at his last season, his accuracy was is 64.7 percent. That’s lower than it’s been since his 2006 season with the Saints. Brees was aging, and it showed. Winston brings us back to the Saints when Brees was in his prime.

Another area that it is showing is his strength.

Brees’s air yards per pass — which is the distance the ball is in the air from Brees to receiver — was 4.9. That was incredibly short meaning that Brees was not getting the ball down the field but instead dumping it off short.

That is the exact opposite of the 52-yard pass we saw from Winston in their loss to Tampa Bay. While Jameis Winston was in Tampa Bay, his last two seasons as a whole saw his air yards per pass over 10 for both years. He has that strength.

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