Jameis Winston showed out on Monday night for the Saints as he looks to solidify his role as the starting quarterback this season. Though only a preseason game, Winston was lights out, completing 9 of 10 passes for 123 yards.
His performance was highlighted by two touchdown passes to Marquez Calloway. The first came on the Saints opening possession, as Winston went 4-4 passing for 66 yards. A 43-yard strike capped the drive to a diving Calloway to the middle of the endzone.
The second drive for Winston saw his lone incompletion, with the Jaguar’s defense getting the Saint off the field in a quick 3-and-out. He finished that drive 1-2 for just 3 yards.
Winston’s third offensive possession of the night would be his last. On the first play, he connected again with Calloway over the middle for a 13 yard gain. It was one of three times on the drive that he connected with Calloway. The final time would be on a 2nd and eight from the 29-yard line as he threw one on a rope to the left sideline just inside the goal-line-pylon where Calloway was able to make a beautiful catch for the TD.
“I’ve got to give all the glory to God. It’s been so long since I started a football game. said Winston postgame. I was just so excited to get in there and lead the pack.”
This made it 14-0 for the Saints, with only 12:10 expired in the game. Sean Payton would then pull the plug on Winston for the night and put in Taysom Hill, who is vying for the starting job.
Hill’s performance was less than impressive with an 11-20 passing evening, with one TD. Though it is an opening competition, the line is leaning heavily for Winston to be the starter.
These are just two of the four quarterbacks on the Saints roster. In the draft, they picked up Notre Dame QB Ian Book in the fourth round, and they also have Trevor Siemian, who was injured last season with the Jets and played previously with the Broncos.
With one week left in the preseason, it looks like Winston will be the starter to open the season. It will be a chance at redemption for the former Buccaneers QB who was plagued by his 2019 season where he threw 33 TD passes, combined with 30 interceptions. Last season he didn’t start any games but saw the field in four games.