Jameis Winston: I embrace every competition

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Jameis Winston took some time at a Tuesday press conference to express thanks to Drew Brees for showing him “how to be an NFL quarterback” during the 2020 season before attention turned to replacing Brees as the starter for the Saints.

Winston signed a one-year deal with the team last week and rejoins Taysom Hill on the depth chart in New Orleans. Head coach Sean Payton said he thinks the team is set at the position after bringing Winston back, which sets up a competition between the two players.

“I embrace every competition and I know Taysom is a competitive guy as well,” Winston said. “I’m excited to be getting back with this team and being around him, being in that room with him again, competing and challenging each other and leading a team to where we want to be. Because I know that’s what we both want. We both want the Lombardi Trophy. We both want that. I think that’s something that I experienced last year that will impact me forever, is being able to play in those meaningful games, being in the playoffs, competing with your teammates to a deeper level. And that’s what I’m about, competing and winning games. And that’s what we’re gonna do.”

It’s unclear what kind of offseason activities will be allowed this year and whether Winston will have to wait until training camp for an on-field chance to show that the lessons learned from Brees make him the right choice for the job.

23 responses to “Jameis Winston: I embrace every competition

  1. If he has a good off season he will be on a team with some weapons that can earn him some cash. Not sure they have the roster to compete deep in the playoffs.

  2. The most important and over looked quality for a quarterback is the ability to make good decisions quickly. Jameis lacks this ability on and off the field. For example, he waited until the Bucs cut him to have eye surgery (5 seasons). All the other stuff he did I mark it as being an immature kid, but waiting 5 years to fix your eyes just doesn’t seem very smart. But, it will be interesting to see if this was the cause to all those picks or if he really cannot make the right decision. As a Bucs fan I always gave him the benefit of the doubt until it became too painful to do so. Sometimes you got Brett Favre and other times you got Ryan Leaf.

  3. BuckyBadger says:
    March 23, 2021 at 2:46 pm
    If he has a good off season he will be on a team with some weapons that can earn him some cash. Not sure they have the roster to compete deep in the playoffs.
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    Winston had plenty of weapons in Tampa ( Tom Brady just won a Superbowl the year after Winston left ) He put up plenty of points and yards in Tampa. The problem was the INTs
    Hopefully he learned how to study film and read Defenses from Brees and can turn his career around.

  4. Well, we did sign a fullback in free agency, offense will not be what we have been seeing for the past 15 years….but still it’s going to be a show, can’t wait. #whodat

  5. Well, well how the turn tables. Funny all these Saints fans are coming in hot with the thumbs down on anything critical of Winston, yet they all knew it was an automatic W when they played against Winston and the Bucs. What changed????

  6. Winston is just awkward. You can see it in his movements the way he talks and runs. I watched dude play for many years as a Bucs fan. He was given incredible weapons to go win with but he lost and lost and lost. The only time I ever prayed a qb would just kneel the rest of a game was when Trent Dilfer played a game on Monday night football many many years back against the Giants. You knew it deep in your core. This qb is going to make a mistake that costs us the game period. You can mark it down, stamp it, sign it, seal it, this guy will mess up at the worst time in the biggest moment.

  7. Since when has Winston ever embraced competition. He certainly did not at FSU and here in Tampa because there wasn’t any. Evans, Godwin, and numerous defensive drops bailed him out of even more interceptions. How many starting QB’s had their first pass thrown for a team returned for a TD and their last. Maybe Payton can change the gunslinging, bad decision making throws Winston makes. Time will tell.

  8. They have 2 QB’S which means they have none. Neither one of these guys is a NFL qb.

  9. stogiesandfootball says:
    March 23, 2021 at 3:56 pm
    Well, well how the turn tables. Funny all these Saints fans are coming in hot with the thumbs down on anything critical of Winston, yet they all knew it was an automatic W when they played against Winston and the Bucs. What changed????
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    Not at all. Saints fans will be the first to jump off the Winston train if he demonstrates the same behavior. What we do know are 2 things…

    1. What made the Bucs an auto win (even with all of those weapons) was the #’s 10, 23, 32, 27 and 15 defenses employed in the years 2015-2019. Jameis who has a propensity to be generous with the ball had to outscore everyone for TB to win in those years.

    2. The 1st year in Bruce Arians offense produces a QB’s highest INT total in all but one scenario. In fact Tom Brady was ready to throw his highest # until he told Bruce what to do. Ol’ Tom did his best to give the game away in GB (3 INT’s) but guess what…the same Defense that ended Drew’s career bailed him out.

    Yes Brady is better than Winston (no shock) but the Defense changed significantly. Winston is not going to become Brees but he can absolutely improve on his mistakes while maintaining his good traits. We shall see if it matters.

  10. You may embrace every competition, but to this point, you’ve also lost every competition. Jokes aside though, he is a way better QB than Taysom Hill.

  11. Like “who can throw the most interceptions.” Congrats Winston you win that one.

  12. really2011 says:
    March 23, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    Yes Brady is better than Winston (no shock) but the Defense changed significantly. Winston is not going to become Brees but he can absolutely improve on his mistakes while maintaining his good traits. We shall see if it matters.

    You are right the defense changed significantly, because Winston wasn’t on the team to throw a pick 6 to lose the game, or turn the ball over some other way. Winston threw 78 interceptions and lost 22 fumbles in his five-year career with the Bucs, and his total of 100 turnovers is easily the most of any NFL player since Winston entered the league in 2015. Nice try though, have fun eating Ws! (btw its not fun at all).

  13. Two words that should scare the Saints. Short fields. Winston’s interceptions almost always came early in games on the wrong side of the 50 yard line. Witnessed many of them in person. Seriously, Winston’s main problem was holding the ball too long then trying to do something. He’s never played to see another down period. Like he said at the end of 2019, “Look at my stat sheet.” Licht did and Winston was gone.

  14. Jameis can’t possibly play any worse than Brees did the last 2 years.

  15. It’s pretty obvious to me what’s going to happen: Unless Taysom lights it up in the preseason, Winston will be the starting QB and Hill will come in more than ever before for his gadget plays. The Saints will almost have two starting QBs.

  16. Shocking how Peyton Manning had more turnovers his first 5 seasons than Jameis but never heard the turnover narrative Jameis has. He has 1 year with a high number of picks. Not every year. 1 year. Carson Palmer, Peyton Manning, and Big Ben all had most INTS in Bruce Arians offense. Jameis was no different. When Peyton Manning broke the NFL record for picks as a rookie we didn’t hear this narrative. Brees and Jameis’ stats are very similar before they both got with Sean Payton. A good system and play calling can mean a huge difference in performance. When you go #1 overall your team is bad. He still won a National Championship, went to a pro bowl, voted in the top 100 players by his peers, and threw for 5000 yards. I think he will change his perception really quick in New Orleans

  17. Yes Brady is better than Winston (no shock) but the Defense changed significantly.
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    Well, considering that they weren’t always defending short fields due to turnovers and having their QB giving up often double digit free points due to pick 6’s I would have to agree. I’ll never forget the Texans game. It was 10-0 before I got to my seat thanks to a Winston pick 6 on the first play, immediately followed by another INT on the next drive that led to a FG. How good can a defense be when they are 10 points in the hole before ever taking the field? That’s the Winston effect.

  18. I would suggest that Jameis’ biggest issue was fumbles not INTs. In his first 4 years he had 15, 18, 11 and 14 INT’s. Not great but certainly not the 30 in BA’s first year. His fumbles are the most concerning part. With that said:

    1. It is a known fact that BA’s offense produces high INT’s especially in the QB’s first year in the system. Peyton Manning year 1, 26 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. Andrew Luck year 1,23 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Carson Palmer 24 touchdowns and a career-high 22 interceptions.You get the point.

    2. The Defensive Ranks referenced in my earlier post is ranked on yards allowed per game. The short field argument doesn’t fit here. The Bucs’ defense was bad, period point blank. Take 2017 as an example. The Bucs ranked #32 in Def. giving up over 6000 yards which is over 700 yards above the league average. Ummm, how do you give up so many yards if the team played on a short field? The answer is that the defense was bad.opponents rushed for 4.3 ypc giving up 1880 yards rushing and 17 rushing TD’s. Doesn’t matter how you cut it the Def was bad. Yes Winston was also but he wasn’t the only problem.

    Through the first 5 years, Peyton had 127 turnovers (100 INT’s and 27 fumbles) while Jameis had 138 turnovers (88 INT’s and 50 fumbles) for comparison sake. I am not sold on Winston yet but the shade thrown at him compared to the grace given to others is amazing to me.

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