Jameis Winston
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Jameis Winston Is Not Afraid Of The Talk

Jameis Winston has had his name dragged through the mud in recent years and I could never figure out why. Sure, he was the first overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and did not play to those standards right away, but he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who were a dumpster fire for years before and after Winston’s arrival. On top of that, Winston was the NFL’s leading passer in 2019 before his unfortunate departure from Tampa Bay. In my opinion, Winston has gotten a bad wrap for being an above average quarterback compared to some of the other quarterbacks in his generation.

Winston remains undeterred, however, and is fighting for his chance to be a starting quarterback again after riding the pine behind Drew Brees and the overrated Taysom Hill in 2020. According to ESPN, Winston is on the prowl to get back to where he once was.

“I went from being the No. 1 draft pick to (having) everybody laugh at me,” Winston said, “But guess what? I’m about that business. I’m outworking everybody at my position. … I’m doing things every single day, committing to the dream.”

Can Winston Fill The Void That Brees Left?

Drew Brees left the league in a rather unspectacular fashion, fizzling out due to injuries and fatigue, but Sean Payton decided that Taysom Hill was fitter to sub in for Brees throughout those injuries despite Hill never really getting a significant amount of snaps at QB. Meanwhile, a perfectly qualified backup in Winston that New Orleans acquired in the offseason last year was just sitting on the bench. Why?

Winston took advantage of his star-studded receiving core and was right up there with the best quarterbacks in the league in 2019, but aside from Michael Thomas and a good pass-catching back in Alvin Kamara, he has less to work with overall. Can he take advantage of this opportunity? I say yes, and you heard it here first: Winston will be in the top five for passing yards and touchdowns. He will probably have more interceptions than others in the top five, but he will be successful in New Orleans nonetheless.

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