Winston was the Saints’ backup during Brees’ final year in the league but when Brees missed time due to injury, Taysom Hill actually subbed in during that time.
Even with that being the case, Winston returned to New Orleans last year and won the starting job over Hill. The former No. 1 overall pick was having a decent season until he was injured in a Week 8 win over the Buccaneers, his former team, and was sidelined for the rest of the 2021 campaign.
Fortunately, Winston is back in the Big Easy for a third season and he won’t have any competition at the QB1 job this year.
Brees, when asked about his former teammate, responded that he has faith that Winston will bounce back in a big way.
“I think he will come back stronger than ever because I know his work ethic” Drew Brees said when asked about Jameis Winston. It’s not surprising to hear Brees praise Winston, as the two played together and got to know each other during that 2020 season.
Drew Brees has faith in Jameis Winston bouncing back
Winston’s injury might have prevented him from finding a free-agent home sooner but Brees doesn’t seem concerned about it affecting his 2022 campaign.
Before his injury, Winston had thrown for 14 touchdowns and only three interceptions during his seven starts. His problem during his time with the Buccaneers was that he was turnover-prone and that’s something that worried Saints fans when he was made the starter.
Winston proved that he can take care of the football and had New Orleans given him better weapons, his numbers would have been a heck of a lot better. He did what he could with what little weapons he had last season.
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I agree with Brees that Winston is going to “come back stronger than ever” and I’m excited to watch the former No. 1 overall pick ball out for the New Orleans Saints this year.