Jameis Winston will have the opportunity to resume Drew Brees’ succession in New Orleans in 2022.
Winston and his Saints teammates now know what awaits them on the road ahead, with the Thursday release the 2022 schedule behind them. Winston has waited long enough for the opportunity to start the journey if it really began today.
“Coach, if you needed me to strap it on right now, I’d be ready to go,”Winston spoke with Steve Mariucci, former Lions and 49ers coaches, during an appearance by Winston on Thursday’s NFL Network’s Schedule Release.
It sounds almost as if Winston was kneeling. rehabThe goal is the same: Week 1 in the regular season.
“I’m taking this process slowly,”Winston said. “It’s about getting better every day. I’m embracing it. I’m excited to be able to talk football and just keep progressing.”
Winston experienced life without football in 2021 after his knee injury ended a promising season. He had to give up his helmet and return home. Winston realized how important it was for him to have a competitive outlet.
“As a kid, my passion was always football. But being taken away from the game, I realized that my passion was playing football,”Winston explained. “I just missed playing football, being with my teammates, game-planning. Just attacking the field with them.
“It was the first time in my entire life that I had the opportunity to sit behind Drew when I first arrived at the Saints. I took things slowly, but this was the first time that I was not in the building. It was a place I felt very far from.
The Saints had to use a few backup options — Trevor Siemian (Taysom Hill), and one game of desperation by Ian Book — to keep themselves in the playoff race with a defense that was certainly worthy. The Saints lost Winston and were without notable playmakers (e.g. Michael Thomas), which proved too much. It also showed them the importance of having a quarterback who is average or better.