Jameis Winston: One year not playing has just made me even hungrier

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Jameis Winston was the No. 1 overall pick in 2015.

The team that drafted Winston won the Super Bowl six years later — after replacing him with Tom Brady.

Now following a year spent as the Saints’ backup to Drew Brees and Taysom Hill, Winston has a chance to start again. He’s embracing the chance to compete with Hill, noting that his 2020 season serves as motivation.

“It’s all about being able to be humble and keep your eyes on the prize,” Winston said in his Tuesday press conference. “I’m staying onward, I’m moving forward in everything that I do. I have to get better every single year, whether it’s a great year or not-so-good year. My seven years — it’s about to be seven years in this league — have been a blessing because I’ve worked my whole life to have the opportunity to be a starting quarterback in this league. One year not playing has just made me even hungrier to get back at the realm and lead a team.”

While Winston infamously became the first quarterback to throw for 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in the same season in 2019, his arm and throwing ability have never been in doubt. That same year, Winston led the league with 5,109 passing yards — becoming just the eighth player in NFL history to reach 5,000 yards in a single season.

If Winston can prove he’s cut down considerably on his giveaways, he could turn out to be a solid quarterback in New Orleans for years to come.

11 responses to “Jameis Winston: One year not playing has just made me even hungrier

  1. Does this mean it’s time to eat some W’s? MMMMMMM

    I’ll never forget Desean Jackson’s face after seeing that speech!

  2. This young man is clearly clueless but i wish him well in his new town. Go eat a “W” crableg’s

  3. that 5000 yards had a lot more to do with his receivers talented at making circus catches and YAC yards… His accuracy was horrible so often overthrowing by several yards and at times underthrowing at their feet…
    His only true talent is the worst of times throwing interceptions and especially pick 6… 1st play of the game or to end the half or 1st play of 2nd half or to end the game… in some games, all 3 out of those 4 times!… reckless and in no way a true starter!

  4. Since he’s in New Orleans does that mean the shrimp, crawfish, and alligator tails are in as much danger as the crab legs?

  5. Turnovers are team killers. Jameis is the king of turnovers and thinking at this late date that will change is naive.

  6. Winston is an enigma wrapped in a riddle. After his infamous 30 interception season, I went and watched video of every single interception. To my surprise, most of them were not the “what in the heck was he thinking” kind of interceptions. The vast majority I could see what he was trying to do and he just couldn’t quite put the ball in the spot he needed to in some very difficult situations.

    I’m not saying people should have faith in him because I have no idea if he’s going to turn into a great NFL QB. But the kid is not as far away from that as some people might think. He’s got great athletic gifts and he’s a smart kid. He just needs some polish and he could still become a reliable NFL starter.

  7. One thing you can definitely say… Even before 2020 he had a lot of experience throwing to New Orleans players.

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