Saints: Drew Brees paid faint praise to Jameis Winston in Week 7

Drew Brees, Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Drew Brees, Jameis Winston, New Orleans Saints (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

From one New Orleans Saints quarterback great to anoth–we mean, Jameis Winston, the baton has already been passed, and Winston is off to the races.

Former player and current analyst Drew Brees recently lauded Winston’s growth as a quarterback during a segment of the “Manning Cast” broadcast on ESPN. Brees joined Peyton and Eli Manning in the second half of the Saints’ Monday night game, and honestly, Brees was the best part of that watching experience.

Here’s what Brees had to say about Winston’s improvement in 2021:

Out of all the issues plaguing the Saints’ offense this year, Jameis Winston is surprisingly not one of them. He went 19-of-35 for 222 yards and one score in a grudging victory against Seattle, and as bewildering as this is to say, he didn’t make a whole lot of turnover-prone decisions this game.

In fact, Winston had some of his best throws of the season. Instead, his wide receiving corps (*cough* Smith) let him down in what should have been a much more dominant showing from a team that just had a week of rest.

Drew Brees gave his compliments to New Orleans Saints QB Jameis Winston on Monday night

Winston truly has “come a long way” as Brees points out, having transformed from the uber-liable player who recorded 30 picks in 2019.

He’s gotten himself in Sean Payton’s doghouse for some nasty throws early in the season, but even if he didn’t play his best offensive game against Seattle, he didn’t play his worst.

With Monday’s score, Winston now has 13 touchdowns against three interceptions. We speak for the general public when we say that’s a much better record than anyone would have expected so far this year.

Brees praising Winston’s development gives off major Mr. Miyagi vibes, but unfortunately Brees can’t personally train Winston to become the elite and dependable quarterback the Saints need him to be. Winston is on his own — literally, he was alone on that field and had no help from his receiving corps.

Still, it’s nice that Brees is keeping tabs on Jameis Winston and the Saints in 2021.

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In even more heartwarming news, Brees’ kids showed up on camera during the game to say hi to the Manning brothers. After a hair-pulling Saints game like that? Definitely the highlight of our Monday night.