It has been a few days since OTAS kicked off for the New Orleans Saints and already there is something happening that has fans buzzing. The chemistry between quarterback Jameis Winston, and first-round draft pick Chris Olave is hard not to be excited about.
A viral video of Winston connecting with Olave on a beautiful deep pass has fans oohing and ahhing. Winston is participating in OTAs, seven months removed from receiving surgery on his torn ACL, so seeing him show up like this is huge and it also shows how committed he is to this team.
The Saints signed Winston to a two-year deal this offseason and while still has a way to go, this is clearly a step in the right direction. He has been practicing wearing a knee brace and isn’t quite ready to make all the throws just yet, but just having him in the building is a plus for the Saints who have added some firepower to their offense.
Winston will have an opportunity to create chemistry with the new receivers, but he will have to wait, as receivers Jarvis Landry and All-Pro Michael Thomas are not participating in OTAs. With two guys that are going to be starters not available this opens up opportunities for both Winston and Olave to build more chemistry.
Winston has had nothing but high praise for the rookie. Saying that he is as “Smooth as the other side of the pillow” alluding to Olave’s route-running style. “He can get in and out of breaks very well. Electric, and smart, man.”
Jameis Winston and Chris Olave are going to be must-see TV!
Olave was one of the biggest playmakers in college football. He had 65 receptions for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns in his final year at Ohio State. His skill set is just what the doctor ordered for a Saints offense that was one of the worst in the league in 2021.
Winston was playing well last season before an ACL injury he suffered in a Week 8 game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made him miss the rest of the season. He accounted for 14 touchdowns and only three interceptions during his seven starts before the injury.
Olave was drafted to fill the WR2 role for the Saints and to be that complimentary guy for Michael Thomas, but Thomas is still rehabbing his ankle from an injury back in Week 1 of the 2020 season. If Thomas’ injury continues to give him issues, and Jameis Winston and Chris Olave start to cook we may be looking at the start of a new one-two punch.
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Jameis Winston and Chris Olave are going to be quite the dynamic duo in New Orleans and it’ll be fun to watch.