Saints QB Jameis Winston looking to be more than a ‘game manager’
Following Drew Brees’ decision to step into retirement after 20 seasons, the New Orleans Saints are moving forward with Jameis Winston under center.
Winston is getting another chance to jumpstart his career after his stint with Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell apart. Before he heads into the 2021 season, the former No. 1 overall voiced that he wants to be much more than a game manager in New Orleans. (H/T Pro Football Talk)
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“I never wanted to be deemed a game manager,” Winston said. “… But really, that game manager is not a bad piece. That’s something that I think just comes with being a professional quarterback. Being able to not just only do the things that you can do, but being able to do the things that you should not do — like what not to do versus what can I do.”
Although Winston has had his struggles with turnovers throughout his career, he has shown that he can lead the team with his arm. In the 2019 season, he threw for a league-best 5,109 yards with a career-high 33 touchdown passes.
However, the concern lies with the interceptions, as he had 30 interceptions in that campaign. The decision-making part of his game is where the problems lie for the Saints. It’s also the reason why New Orleans gave him only a one-year deal this offseason.
Winston’s NFL future as his performance will dictate how his tenure with the Saints will unfold. In reality, it could be his last chance to prove he can be an effective starting quarterback.