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New Orleans Saints: 9 takeaways from 4th practice of training camp

Jul 31, 2021; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson (22) talks with defensive end Payton Turner (98) during a New Orleans Saints training camp session at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 31, 2021; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson (22) talks with defensive end Payton Turner (98) during a New Orleans Saints training camp session at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /
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Taysom Hill (7) and quarterback Jameis Winston (2), New Orleans Saints – Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Taysom Hill (7) and quarterback Jameis Winston (2), New Orleans Saints – Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /

New Orleans Saints training camp takeaways

4. Taysom Hill was shaky

One of the most popular names throughout training camp is going to be Taysom Hill simply due to the position he plays and the fact that he’s battling for a starting job. Unfortunately for Hill, he had a shaky day on Monday.

Triplett mentioned that Hill had his fair share of ups and downs during practice. He notes that he underthrew Chris Hogan but then hit Lil’Jordan Humphrey in tight coverage. The biggest knock on Hill over the past few years has been that he’s not a traditional quarterback and doesn’t have the passing ability to be a full-time signal-caller.

Hill needs to prove otherwise as he enters the most important battle of his career. Unfortunately for him, his competition is doing well, which leads us to…

3. Jameis Winston has “more than looked the part”

The favorite to win the Saints’ starting quarterback job is Jameis Winston, who is off to an impressive start in training camp. Larry Holder had the quote of the day regarding Winston, noting that he “more than looked the part through four days of practice”. 

The last time we saw Winston as a starting quarterback was in 2019 as a member of the Buccaneers and it wasn’t all bad but it wasn’t good either. Winston threw 30 interceptions during his final year in Tampa and that’s unfortunately what he’ll be remembered for until he proves he can be a better quarterback.

Seeing Winston ball out in training camp is a good sign. Yes, it’s just camp, but wouldn’t you rather he be playing well in camp?

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