The 2022 NFL season is just around the corner, and the new-look New Orleans Saints have the Who Dat Nation buzzing. Fans are excited to see if this year’s team has what it takes to go all the way.
The Saints are stacked with talented players across the board, but if they are going to be a legit contender in 2022, they will need Jameis Winston to play at a high level. Winston is coming off an ACL tear that made him miss most of the 2021 NFL season. Fans are wondering how the injury will affect his play.
Winston has been doing all the right things this offseason to make sure he will be available for Week 1 against the Falcons. This is great news for the organization and Saints fans but Winston has a lot to prove. Not just is he 100 percent after his injury but is he the right man for the job.
Does he have what it takes to be the New Orleans Saints’ starting quarterback for years to come? Can he remove the “Mr. 30 For 30” narrative? That has yet to be seen, but these are some realistic goals Jameis Winston could achieve in 2022.
3. Lead the NFL in passing yards
I know when fans and media personalities discuss Jameis Winston’s 2019 season, everyone likes to bring up the 30 interceptions but he also threw for 5,109 yards that season. Only nine quarterbacks in NFL history have the honor of achieving such a feat, and Jameis Winston is one of them.
Last year before he was injured, the former No. 1 overall pick threw for 14 touchdowns and only three interceptions. It seemed he was turning a corner and was on track to put up some of the best numbers of his career. Winston has a real opportunity to lead the NFL in passing yards.
The Saints have acquired some much-needed firepower on the offensive side of the football to help Winston get to this mark, too. They added Jarvis Landry via free agency, drafted Ohio State standout receiver Chris Olave, and are getting Michael Thomas back. With these guys in town, Winston can have a season for the ages.
Coach Sean Payton is no longer with the Saints as the head coach and play-caller, but offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael is still with the team. He spent 16 years under Payton and has spearheaded some of the Saints’ most memorable offensive seasons.
With Jameis Winston’s skill set and Pete Carmichael’s play-calling abilities, Winston could be on his way to another historic season.