Saints make the correct decision by naming Jameis Winston starter
By Justin Fried
The New Orleans Saints have reportedly made the correct and obvious decision about their quarterback position naming Jameis Winston the starter for the team’s Week 1 matchup with the Green Bay Packers.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Friday that Winston had been named the Saints’ starter following a groundswell of support from his teammates.
Per Schefter, teammates were seen congratulating Winston shortly after his strong preseason performance this past Monday, seemingly indicating that he had won the job.
Head coach Sean Payton said that he wanted to name a starting quarterback before the third and final preseason game. And although no official announcement has come from the team yet, he seemingly has.
The Saints made the correct and obvious choice with Jameis Winston
The Saints entered the summer with a battle brewing between Winston and Taysom Hill. Although throughout training camp and the preseason, Winston emerged as the clear-cut best option.
Whereas Hill looked shaky and indecisive, Winston excelled when given the chance to shine and that was no more evident than with his performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday.
Winston dazzled finishing 9-of-10 for 123 yards and two touchdowns working against many of Jacksonville’s starters. His stellar performance helped second-year wide receiver Marquez Callaway have a massive day.
In reality, Winston had won the job by halftime.
Hill came in with the second-team offense and didn’t fare nearly as well. The 31-year-old finished 11-of-20 for 138 yards and a touchdown. He looked hesitant in the pocket — he didn’t look comfortable.
In fact, the only time he truly looks comfortable is when the Saints run their hurry-up offense. Perhaps that’s because he doesn’t have the time to overthink throws.
Either way, Winston has been the obvious starting choice for a while now. His teammates knew it. The fans and media knew it. And eventually, Sean Payton knew it too.
Monday’s performance just confirmed matters.
Winston will make the chance to take full advantage of his incentive-laden contract as the official starting QB for the Saints.
The correct decision has been made. The Jameis Winston era is underway in New Orleans.