Jameis Winston entered the NFL with all kinds of hope and promise. While there were moments of brilliance, they were few and far between during his tenure with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But after throwing 30 interceptions last season, the writing was on the wall.
He had to go.
While Florida State fans may still love him, his fan base in the NFL is probably pretty small, if it even exists anymore. However, it appears that he has added one fan to his base—the man he is now backing up in New Orleans, longtime Saints quarterback, Drew Brees (via Lane Johnson of the New Orleans Advocate):
“I’ve been impressed with Jameis. He loves football, he loves the game, he loves to compete. Great personality, very likable guy, he wants to learn. So, man, all those things are the first components that you kind of see and recognize.”
For Winston, landing in New Orleans could save his career, and not just because he could have another shot at a starting gig if/when Brees decides to retire. Learning from and just being around someone like Brees will benefit his game in many ways. But, more importantly, Saints head coach, Sean Payton knows how to mold young quarterbacks into stars—and he likes Winston:
Earlier this month, Payton had this to say about Winston (via SaintsWire):
“Look, he’s been in what we’re doing meeting-wise, walkthrough-wise, lifting… So just like everyone else, he’s in good shape, he’s lost weight, he’s lean. He’s a guy that is not afraid to work. He’s doing well, he’s fit in well.”Okay, so maybe Winston has two fans.
If he can get control of his game and refine his skill set, Sean Payton’s offense is something he could thrive in. The only question may be whether he is willing to wait for Brees to retire or if the Saints will like his potential enough to hold on to him.
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