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Teams around the NFL that are still in flux at the quarterback spot continue to evaluate the players fighting it out for the position.
One such case is in New Orleans, where the Saints haven’t done much marching in since the retirement of future Hall of Famer Drew Brees.
Coach Sean Payton had a tough decision to make after Brees retired, with two quarterbacks who both have earned time with the number ones on the roster.
One player is former Tampa Bay Bucs QB Jameis Winston, who spent five seasons as a starter for Tampa before being released prior to last season.
Then there’s Taysom Hill, who turned 31 years old Monday, but still showed sparks last year, going 3-1 last year filling in for an injured Brees.
On Monday, the Saints played host to the Jacksonville Jaguars, with Winston getting the nod as the QB starter.
To say he was impressive is an understatement. Winston dominated the Jags’ defense, going 9-for-10 for 123 yards and two long touchdown passes to current top wide out Marquez Callaway.
The first came on a 43-yard bomb. Callaway made an excellent adjustment and made the grab with a defender on him.
Touchdown number two may have been even better, as Winston again hit Callaway from 29 yards out down the left sideline.
Callaway, who ended the night with five catches for 104 yards (20.8 yards per catch), now has a big role to play with leading receiver Michael Thomas still on the shelf after ankle surgery this offseason.
Unless there’s a massive switch in the mind of Coach Payton, Winston will be named the team’s starting QB prior to Saturday’s next preseason game.
How underrated has Winston been over his time in the league? He is one of only 8 quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in a season.
This summer, Winston has been very good in practices as well as scrimmages, and at age 27, it may be his time to shine.
Payton will probably make the announcement by Thursday that it’s Winston’s job.
Last week Winston threw a pair of TDs to go along with the two scores on Monday. It’s enough to prove he’s ready – now it’s just up to Payton to make the call.