Jameis Winston signed with the Saints last offseason for near the league minimum after not receiving much free agent interest. Some were surprised by that, but others pointed to the 30 interceptions he threw in 2019 as the reason for his cold market. He ultimately attempted just 11 passes in 2020 but decided to re-sign with the Saints anyway for the 2021 season. He'll compete with Taysom Hill to start at QB, or Sean Payton will use them both, but in either outcome it's possible Hill gets the red zone snaps. This would put a massive damper on Winston's Fantasy appeal. He's best left undrafted to monitor on the waiver wire.
Winston practiced with the first-team offense Saturday, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports. Head coach Sean Payton seems to be keeping his word that both Winston and Taysom Hill will rotate practices with the first-team offense. While Hill practiced with the starters for the first two days of training camp, Winston had those honors Saturday, and the 27-year-old reportedly has impressed Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., who deemed Winston a "quick study." However, there remains no substantial evidence to suggest either Winston or Hill is in the lead for the starting job, and it's possible that won't change until the end of the preseason.
While Winston opened training camp with the second-team offense, head coach Sean Payton indicated after practice that Winston and Taysom Hill will rotate with the first-team offense throughout training camp, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. It's possible that Hill's long-standing tenure with New Orleans played a role in him opening training camp with the starters. As both he and Winston should get plenty of reps with the first-team offense as the summer unfolds, fantasy managers need to keep tabs on who is favored to open Week 1 in the starting lineup given the contrasting styles of play between the two quarterbacks. Case in point: All but one of Hill's throws seemed to travel less than eight yards during Thursday's practice, while Winston sent one deep on his very first pass attempt in team drills and he reportedly finished the day with a number of impressive completions on deep passes, including a 60-yard touchdown to Deonte Harris.
Winston seems like the odds-on favorite to win the starting quarterback job over Taysom Hill this summer, Larry Holder of The Athletic reports. Even though the Saints turned to Hill as the starter last season when Drew Brees went down, that may have been at least partly a result of Hill having been part of the team's offensive system since 2017 while Winston had only been there for a matter of months. Now that Winston has considerably more experience in Sean Payton's scheme, it appears the 2015 No. 1 overall pick and true pocket passer is being viewed as the better long-term option for New Orleans to build around than the dual-threat Hill. However, the Saints aren't holding any on-field OTAs this year per Amie Just of NOLA.com, so there's not any tangible evidence that Winston is prepping for the top job. We should know more in late July when the Saints start training camp.
Winston agreed to re-sign with the Saints on Monday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Winston's contract is a one-year deal worth up to $12 million. The 2015 first-overall pick's second season in coach Sean Payton's system will be without Drew Brees in the picture, giving Winston a clear path to compete for the No. 1 spot in one of the league's most lethal offenses. Taysom Hill is the other notable signal-caller under contract in New Orleans, setting the stage for a training camp battle between two highly intriguing fantasy options.
The Saints are trying to re-sign Winston, who would then enter a job battle with Taysom Hill during training camp, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports. If the two sides can't work it out, Winston will become a free agent at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday. He still could re-sign with New Orleans after that point, but the Saints would be taking a risk. If Winston were to leave, It isn't clear if the Saints would hand Hill the starting job or bring in another QB to compete with him this summer.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||Green Bay Packers||7||18.00|
|3||09/26||@New England Patriots||5||17.88|
|4||10/03||New York Giants||3||17.63|
|5||10/10||@Washington Football Team||6||17.88|
|8||10/31||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||19.80|
|14||12/12||@New York Jets||29||24.75|
|15||12/19||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||19.80|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||62.1||2725||17||15||175||1||202|