Jameis Winston thankful for his year learning from Drew Brees

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Jameis Winston will soon be competing to succeed Drew Brees as the Saints’ starting quarterback. He thinks he’s well-positioned to do that after learning from Brees for the last year.

Winston called Brees “someone I’ve admired my entire life,” recounted watching Brees win the Super Bowl when Winston was in high school, and said that serving as Brees’s backup was an educational experience the last year.

“I love you, and it was a privilege to get to learn from you last year, and really just see what I’ve admired from afar, it was real,” Winston said of Brees. “I’m thankful that you’ve shown me how to be an NFL quarterback, man. That was a privilege.”

Winston will now compete with Taysom Hill to see which one of them can convince Sean Payton he’s best suited to follow in Brees’ footsteps.

24 responses to “Jameis Winston thankful for his year learning from Drew Brees

  1. Ever gets his head on straight he could be very good. Has all the talent in the world to be a great pocket passer. So far he is been a young Nuke Laloosh. Million dollar arm but a 10cent head.

  2. Maybe if Brees taught him to study film prodigiously, to understand what he’s seeing, and how to implement that on the field, Winston has a chance to become a decent starter. That’s a lot to expect.

  3. If Winston can figure out how to throw the ball so as not to get intercepted, then he will be fine. But that is a BIG IF.

    Throwing those interceptions has as much, or more, to do with not being able to read the defense as it does with accuracy. Everyone says that Winston is a smart guy.

    The Saints hope so.

  4. Well, right now the Saints have at the QB position one with a rocket launcher for an arm but one with zero aim and the other is Tim Tebow 2.0.

  5. Sounds like Winston has matured a bit and hopefully learned from some of his poor behavior from years past. If he truly saw the year backing up Brees as an opportunity instead of a demotion, it could really help him get back to being a solid starter. I think a lot of QB’s who are drafted high get thrown to the wolves before they are ready, while when you look at guys like Brady, Mahomes, and Rodgers you can see the benefit of having some time learning from the bench behind a more experienced pro for a season or more. Winston is only 27 so with the right attitude and work he could easily turn his career around.

  6. if he can keep his interceptions under 25 then the Saints have a good chance of getting to 7-9.

  7. Love Winston, hope he becomes the latest in former Buc QB to win a Super Bowl.

  8. Winston has the same physical skills as John Elway. He’s not a dumb guy, either. I just think he was never forced to learn the mental parts of playing QB. At Florida State it was obvious that they coached him to just throw to the WR that the play was designed to go to. Don’t worry about trying to read what anybody was doing. Jameis has a golden arm, and his skilled people were better than the opponents. Even if he threw a pick, his defense was dominant, and would get the ball right back. They had a lot of success operating like that, and it led to Jameis being the number one pick. Why change? Well, if you want to be a great NFL QB and win championships, then change. You’re already wealthy, and if you’re only in it for the money, then just keep showing up. Someone will pay you.

  9. Winston is going to surprise everyone this coming season. He had LASIK surgery almost a year ago. He wouldn’t wear contacts during games because the defense would try to scratch his eyes. Now, he can see downfield which will eliminate a lot of interceptions.

  10. BA likes to force the ball down the field. If you look at Crableg’s body of work, most of his ints were on long balls forced downfield. I would suspect that Sean is aware of this and tailor an offense to Crableg’s positives and not his negatives.

  11. thelocknload says:
    March 23, 2021 at 12:20 pm
    If you have two quarterbacks, do you have one?

    But…the Saints only have one. Hill is NOT a full-time NFL QB.

  12. charliecharger says:
    March 23, 2021 at 1:46 pm
    Winston has the same physical skills as John Elway. He’s not a dumb guy, either. I just think he was never forced to learn the mental parts of playing QB. At Florida State it was obvious that they coached him to just throw to the WR that the play was designed to go to.

    That could not be more incorrect. Jimbo Fisher’s offense is notoriously complicated, but Jameis is a very, very smart QB.

  13. Jamis Winston biggest problem has always been he never gives up on a play. He thinks his arm can always fit the football into very, very tight windows. The fact is nobody can. It’s becomes a matter of luck to do that consistently. I’m sure a lot of that goes back to his FSU days and his high school days. He was trying that with the Bucs in his last year. A lot of Winston’s interception that year came on 3rd and long. Watching how Brees handles any situation had to help Winston. It’s a maturity process for Winston. Brees never tried to force a football in there when he didn’t see window. Granted Brees didn’t have the arm that Winston has, but the philosophy is still the same. Don’t force the football when you don’t have a window to make that throw. I am anxious to see what Winston has learned from Brees. I believe the Saints QB job is Winston to lose.

  14. jpiro says:
    March 23, 2021 at 2:40 pm
    charliecharger says:
    March 23, 2021 at 1:46 pm
    Winston has the same physical skills as John Elway. He’s not a dumb guy, either. I just think he was never forced to learn the mental parts of playing QB. At Florida State it was obvious that they coached him to just throw to the WR that the play was designed to go to.

    That could not be more incorrect. Jimbo Fisher’s offense is notoriously complicated, but Jameis is a very, very smart QB.
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    Fisher’s offense could be the most complicated offense in the world. Nobody said otherwise. But the FSU tape speaks for itself. Tape doesn’t lie. And nobody said Jameis wasn’t smart. He is very smart. He just throws into double and triple coverage time and time again. You can get away with that in college, when you have a loaded team, but you ain’t getting away with that in the NFL. Not everyone possesses John Elway type talent, but Jameis does. That’s obvious on tape too, and he’s a much better athlete than he’s been given credit for. That’s also why he was the #1 pick. But his college coach came out before the draft and said Jameis doesn’t just go to his 2nd and 3rd read, but he goes to his 4th and 5th read often. I almost died laughing. I’d watched every game on tape, and he rarely if ever went to his 2nd read. Jimbo was just doing his best recruiting bit. You see, if you have the #1 pick, that helps recruiting. But why listen to the coach when you have the tape? Coaches can lie. Tape can’t. But please, don’t listen to me or anyone else. See for yourself. They haven’t erased all that FSU tape. You can still watch it if you really want to know the truth. I always say listen with your eyes, not your ears. Now, does that mean Jameis can’t become a great QB? That’s probably what Bruce Arians was thinking when he took the Tampa job. He fixed Jameis, didn’t he?

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