The New Orleans Saints have had one hell of an offseason, and Who Dat Nation should be drooling over the current starting lineup projections for the team this season.
The New Orleans Saints entered the 2022 offseason looking for a lot of answers after a rather disappointing season in 2021. Some of the biggest questions were the quarterback position, who the team’s new head coach would be, and how to add more weapons to the offensive side of the ball.
The Saints addressed all of those concerns and more. The starting lineup is certainly one to look forward to, as it has to be considered one of the best in the entire NFL.
NOLA will have a lot of new faces both playing for the team as well as running it, but one thing is for certain – the Saints are looking to bring the Lombardi Trophy home to New Orleans.
Let’s dive into the current outlook of the starting lineup for New Orleans.
All stats are courtesy of ESPN.com.
Starting Quarterback: Jameis Winston
There’s no questioning who the face of the franchise for the upcoming 2022 season is for the Saints this year, and that man is none other than former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. The former No. 1 overall pick is bouncing back from an ACL tear that cut his 2021 season short, but the team has enough faith in him to come back and guide the team to the playoffs in 2022.
Winston, once again, chose to take a big discount to remain in New Orleans and he was rewarded with the starting job with no competition. Winston, last season, completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,170 yards and logged a touchdown to interception ratio of 14:3.
The Saints still have Ian Book and Taysom Hill on their roster, but they’re now an afterthought to Winston. Dennis Allen has already announced that Taysom Hill will be full-time transitioning to tight end, so that negates any hopes for the “Taysom Truthers” out there.
The team also added veteran signal-caller, Andy Dalton, to their roster, but he understands his role as the backup to Jameis Winston and will do his best to be a mentor rather than competition.
All signs are pointing to Jameis Winston, and he should be able to put his name in some MVP conversations in 2022.