New Orleans Saints: Jameis Winston should make Pro Bowl, as an alternate

Jameis Winston #2, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints
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When the New Orleans Saints’ QB gets rolling, watch out!

Somewhere along the lines, NFL fans seemed to forget something. When Jameis Winston is on, he’s absolutely on. Keep in mind the fact that the former first-overall selection and former Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year is one of eight quarterbacks in history that have thrown for 5,000 yards.

Stafford, Brady, Brees, Dan Marino, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Patrick Mahomes are the other seven. That’s pretty good company when one looks up and realizes that’s who they’re surrounded by.

Unfortunately, Winston’s 2019 season, one in which he led the NFL in passing yards, gets overshadowed and understandably so because he led the NFL with 35 turnovers. If he eliminates those miscues, something that shouldn’t be an issue with Payton in his ear, there’s no reason to believe that he can’t return to the Pro Bowl form that we saw in 2015.

That’s a long-winded way of saying this. There are a lot of good to great signal-callers in the NFC Brady and Rodgers will make the Pro Bowl, but even if they falter in the postseason, we know the quarterback of the team that represents the NFC in the Super Bowl will be absent at the Pro Bowl. That opens a spot up for two more guys. Dak is a nice bet if you’re a gambling man or woman. The same can be said about Russell Wilson, Kyler Murray. Matt Ryan or Matthew Stafford. Let’s not forget that this is one of the best situations that Stafford has ever been in.

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The same can be said about Winston. 4,000 to 5,000 passing yards is a reasonable expectation. So is the prospect of him tossing 30-35 touchdown passes. Don’t be shocked if the Saints are the kings of the NFC South again. Don’t be surprised if Jameis finds his way onto the Pro Bowl roster, but again, more than likely, if he does so, he’ll be doing so as an alternate.