Andy Dalton might end up being Saints’ best free-agent signing in 2022

New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton - Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans Saints quarterback Andy Dalton - Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /

The New Orleans Saints surprised some people this offseason when they signed veteran quarterback Andy Dalton to a one-year deal in free agency. It’s looking like a smart move. 

Backup quarterbacks can sometimes be the most popular player on any given NFL roster (or at least on those rosters that don’t have a franchise quarterback). The New Orleans Saints have arguably the best backup quarterback on their roster for the 2022 season and Andy Dalton proved that theory during the preseason opener.

We’ll get one thing out of the way here — We’ve only seen this team in training camp and preseason action so far but last year, when Jameis Winston went down with an injury in Week 7, the team struggled to find consistency at the quarterback position for the rest of the season and they suffered as a result.

While Winston remaining healthy and playing well is obviously the hope amongst Saints fans, the fact that Dalton is available should Winston have to miss time is a reason to have hope for the season ahead. They won’t find themselves in the same position as last year where three different quarterbacks are taking snaps.

Andy Dalton was an excellent pick-up by the Saints.

Dalton stepped in for Winston during last week’s practice and also was the starting quarterback on the first offensive series and looked dominant. He went 5-of-5 for 51 yards and the drive ended with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Washington. The Red Rifle was on fire!

If a team has a franchise quarterback, their season is pretty much over if their signal-caller misses more than a handful of games. For the New Orleans Saints, however, if Winston is forced to miss time, Andy Dalton still gives them a chance to win games and be competitive and that’s something to be appreciative of.

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