Mike Triplett of ESPN.com wrote a number of weeks in the past that Jameis Winston may need the sting over Taysom Hill on this summer season’s battle to be the Saints’ beginning quarterback. Triplett pointed to Winston’s first-round pedigree, expertise and upside, however he famous that the previous Buccaneer would want to scrub up the turnover and accuracy points that led to his exit from Tampa Bay.
Nevertheless, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe hears that Hill, not Winston, might have the higher hand. Citing league sources, Volin says that Hill’s skills as a dual-threat expertise would possibly compel head coach Sean Payton to open the yr with Hill below middle. If Hill ought to falter, it will be simple sufficient to insert Winston and set up a extra conventional offense.
In contrast to Triplett, Volin just isn’t a Saints beat, however each writers make legitimate factors. In 2020, Winston’s first in New Orleans, it was Hill who obtained the nod throughout Drew Brees’ injury-related absence, and he acquitted himself properly. He went 3-1 as a starter, and over that four-game stretch, he threw for 4 touchdowns in opposition to two interceptions whereas finishing 72% of his passes. He additionally rushed for 4 TDs and maintained a YPC common of about 5.4.
Alternatively, Winston, 27, is greater than three years youthful, and he has began 70 video games in his profession versus Hill’s 4 begins. The No. 1 general decide of the 2015 draft has additionally proven loads of flashes of elite potential, however once more, he might by no means fairly shake the turnover bug. In his final season with the Bucs in 2019, he threw an unbelievable 30 interceptions.
Each Winston and Hill are signed by 2021. In a bit of greater than per week, they are going to start their battle for the Saints’ beginning job this season, and, maybe, for a profitable multiyear contract beginning in 2022.