Sean Payton doesn’t think Saints “must” draft a quarterback

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Sean Payton has said throughout the offseason that Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill will compete to become the successor to Drew Brees as the Saints’ starting quarterback.

Winston recently said he feels he’s outworking everyone at his position. Hill recently said he’s shifted his offseason work to focus on being a full-time quarterback.

But could there be a third member of the QB competition?

The Saints have the 28th pick in the first round, making it unlikely that they’ll pick up a top-flight quarterback in next week’s draft. But beyond that, Payton doesn’t see QB as a position New Orleans must address with one of its selections.

“I think relative to that position, it still stays the same in traits that we’re looking for,” Payton said Tuesday, via John DeShazier of the Saints’ website. “[But] I don’t think it’s a ‘must’ position. We feel like we’ve got real good players in the building.”

Hill started four games at quarterback while Brees was hurt in 2020, compiling a 3-1 record as a starter. He completed 72 percent of his passes for 834 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions in those games, while also rushing for 209 yards and four TDs.

Winston relieved Brees at quarterback when he had to exit the team’s Week 10 win over San Francisco, completing 6-of-10 passes for 63 yards. But he did not throw another pass until his 56-yard touchdown in the divisional round loss to Tampa Bay. Winston led the league with 5,109 yards passing and 30 interceptions in his last season as a starter with the Buccaneers in 2019.

7 responses to “Sean Payton doesn’t think Saints “must” draft a quarterback

  1. I dont think Sean Peyton has wavered from his vision of Hill as starting qb since acquiring from the packers several years ago.

  2. Winston has a tendency to throw into coverages, trying to do too much. That is why he is no longer a Buc. New Orleans led the league in turnover ratio the year they won the Super Bowl so they know how bad turnovers can be.

  3. I think Winston will be the starter with Hill coming in. I could see alot of trick plays happening. I do not see Saints drafting a QB unless someone falls in the later rounds

  4. Saints will likely not be a threat this season…
    neither are at Drew Brees level or even close…
    Going from one of the top 3 qbs in the NFL to one of the worst in NFL history…
    POOR Saints fans!

  5. Call me crazy but I think Winston is going to surprise a lot of people. I think he’s taking this redemption opportunity very seriously and he intends on fighting for the starting gig, which is a different amount of effort than he put into TB. As for Hill, he’s an athlete but not necessarily a QB (see Lamar Jackson).

  6. Payton has proved for the last couple seasons that he can win long stretches of games without a Brees level QB.

    I think they’ll do better than people are expecting but that will only take them so far while they are in rebuilding mode.

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