Sean Payton has said that he is approaching this season just as he has done for the past decade. Obviously, this year will be Payton’s first season with the New Orleans Saints with a quarterback that isn’t named Drew Brees.
He is still taking the same approach post-Brees.
The two quarterbacks, on the other hand, have not taken this offseason just as any other offseason. Articles have recently revealed that both Taysom Hill and his competitor Jameis Winston have been vigorously training this offseason ahead of their QB battle this camp.
According to Jeff Kerr from CBS Sports, Winston said “I went from being the No. 1 draft pick to everybody laughing at me… I’m outworking everyone in my position. I’m doing things every single day committing to the dream.”
The quarterback battle is starting to heat up within the Saint’s locker room as Winston and Hill are training vigorously throughout the offseason.
Jameis Winston was a Pro-Bowl caliber quarterback in his last starting season in Tampa Bay. Winston threw for 5,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. His youth, mobility, and arm strength might not be able to be matched by Taysom Hill.
Winston joined the team last year to learn from Drew Brees after not being brought back. Tom Brady was signed in his place. Now, he has the opportunity to be the next franchise quarterback for the black and gold. That opportunity is for sure worth the work he is putting into it.
Taysom Hill’s skeptic’s main concern is that he hasn’t proven that he can be a starting quarterback. Despite the starts he made for Brees when he was hurt last year, Hill still showed signs of not being able to be the franchise quarterback.
His IQ and mobility are not in question. Hill’s role as a versatile player has led to greater mobility. The area in question is his throwing precision and accuracy. Can Hill produce like he did last year for 17 games this upcoming season?
According to Charean Williams from NBC, Hill said “For the last four years, my workout routine has been different. It’s been structured to be the Swiss Army knife and do all these other things I was going to be called upon [to do], where now my emphasis, my focus is being a full-time quarterback.”
The New Orleans Saints have two quality quarterbacks that we will get to see go head to head for this position. According to reports, both of them have been putting in work far superior to other players in hopes of winning the battle.