The New Orleans Saints have already added to a wealth of experience.
It may not have always seemed like it, but Winston learned a ton from one of the game’s best offensive minds, Bruce Arians in Tampa. The mistakes only enhanced his football knowledge. Then, he landed on his feet in Louisiana and found himself sitting behind one of the greatest quarterbacks our game has ever seen, Drew Brees.
If you think that doesn’t mean anything you’re wrong. Winston learned from every mistake, soaked up knowledge from Arians, Payton, and Brees, and when he gets his opportunity to lead this Saints offense, he’ll be fine.
Figure two touchdown passes per game. With the 17th game and when you factor in the knowledge that he’s averaged 12.6 yards per completion for his career and averaged 345 completions in each of the seasons that he’s played all 16 games, here’s a guess at what he might do this season.
345 completions divided by 16 games is a little under 22 completions per game. With the 17th game, figure he’ll complete somewhere around 374 passes. Let’s just call it an even 380. That ties his career-best. 12.6 yards per completion multiplied by 17 games equals 4,788 passing yards. That doesn’t top his career-best (5,109), but he’ll get there with a couple of games where the offense explodes.
Two touchdowns per game multiplied by 17 games equals 34 touchdown passes. That would be a career-high. Are you starting to believe? Let’s make long stories short. An older and wiser Jameis Winston plus the knowledge gained from Bruce Arians, Drew Brees, and Sean Payton equals a new and improved Jameis Winston in 2021.
If you still aren’t convinced, look at things this way. Drew Brees didn’t become the man we remember until he made New Orleans his home and met up with Sean Payton. Why do we believe the same can’t happen for Winston?