New Orleans Saints: Neither quarterback is impressing in camp

Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints - Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
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As the New Orleans Saints enter Week 2 of training camp, the quarterback competition continues to be the storyline to watch. And why wouldn’t it be? Quarterback is the most important position in football and the Saints lost their future Hall of Fame quarterback to retirement.

The two competitors for the starting job are Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill and Saints fans know all about these two by this point. They know all about how Winston went number one overall in the 2015 NFL Draft and despite his big arm, couldn’t limit the turnovers enough and forced the Buccaneers to move on from him.

Saints fans know all about how Hill is a gadget player and the knock on him is that he’s not going to be able to do the same things all of the other quarterbacks can do. He proved he can win games last year, getting the starting job when Drew Brees was injured but can he do it for an entire season?

Winston and Hill entered camp with Winston as a slight favorite to win the job and early on, it looked like he’d be cruising to the starting job. He impressed mightily after a few practices but unfortunately, it hasn’t been as smooth sailing for Winston recently.

Both quarterbacks have struggled to really stand out the past few days, with Winston throwing his first interception of camp on Wednesday. We all know how turnover-prone Winston has been in the past so any time he throws a pick, it’s going to get talked about.

Taysom Hill threw his first interception of camp on Thursday.

Neither New Orleans Saints quarterback is doing much to stand out in camp.

After Wednesday’s camp, Jeff Nowak tweeted that “Neither QB did a ton to distinguish themselves” and it’s pretty spot on. In a battle that’s wide open at the moment, now is the time for either guy to step up, make a few plays, and put himself in the driver’s seat to win the starting gig.

Fans shouldn’t panic that neither guy has done that yet, though. There are still three preseason games ahead of us and plenty of practices left before the Packers roll into town for a Week 1 showdown.

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One of these guys is going to be the starting quarterback of the New Orleans Saints but as of now, neither quarterback has taken the lead in the race.