Sean Payton says he has no timetable to name a starting quarterback

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Who is the starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints?

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Jeff Duncan: It's time to make the call. Jameis Winston is the Saints' starting quarterback.

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And I feel certain Sean Payton and his staff have seen enough.

It’s time to make the call: James Winston will be the New Orleans Saints starting quarterback when they open the regular season against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 13.

The official announcement, which should come sometime in the next week or two, was rendered a mere formality after Winston’s gonzo performance in the Saints’ 23-21 exhibition win against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday night.

The quarterback competition in New Orleans between Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill is winding down.

Winston delivered a 9-for-10, 126-yard, two-touchdown knockout punch in his ballyhooed competition with Taysom Hill to become Drew Brees’ replacement.

It was about as authoritative a statement as you could make, considering the circumstances. In the hours before kickoff, reports stated that Payton hoped to name a starter before the Saints’ game against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday. So the Jaguars game would, for all intents and purposes, be the final big opportunity for Winston and Hill to make an impression in the close-contested competition.

And Winston made it easy on everyone.

Two series was all he needed to effectively close the deal. On the sixth play of the Saints’ opening drive, he dropped a 43-yard dime to a heavily covered Marquez Callaway, who beat two Jaguars defenders to make a spectacular diving catch for a touchdown. He capped the next series by lofting a 29-yard strike down the sideline to Callaway for another dramatic score.

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Two drives. Two beautiful touchdown passes. A 157.5 passer efficiency rating.

Payton didn’t need to see any more. He turned the offense over to Hill, who did little to enhance his chances. His 14-yard touchdown pass to Lil’Jordan Humphrey was a nice way to finish his 11-for-20, 138-yard night. It came after an audible, which certainly brought a gleam to the eye of Payton.

Hill wasn’t awful. He just wasn’t Winston.

Winston’s performance was the kind that stirs the imagination. It showed off his vast arm talent and validated the club’s decision to sign him in free agency and give him a chance to resurrect his once-promising career.

For Saints fans, it undoubtedly was a breath of fresh air. Visions of bombs and explosive plays had to be dancing in the heads of Saints fans as they watched Winston strafe the overmatched Jaguars defense. After enduring the Saints’ pop-gun offense the previous few seasons, the long balls were, to quote the late, great Buddy D, mañana from heaven for the Who Dat Nation.

If Payton handles this like he does other personnel decisions, he’ll do what’s clearly in the best interests of the team. He’ll go with Winston and plug Taysom Hill into the Swiss Army Knife role he’s been so successful at the past few seasons.

For the good of the team, that’s the only way to go right now. The combination of Winston as starter and Hill as joker gives the Saints the best chance to win each Sunday.

Truth be told, until Monday night, neither Hill nor Winston had exactly lit up the preseason. Both had their moments — good and bad. But in my mind, Hill’s inability to separate himself from Winston made this an easy decision. Hill needed to be demonstrably better than Winston to win the job. Otherwise, you go with Winston, because Hill’s ability to contribute as a jack-of-all-trades is too valuable to the rest of the offense.

Hill wasn’t better than Winston. That was clear against the Jaguars. And now all that’s left is the official announcement.

The Saints’ quarterback competition is over. Like his Twitter handle says, Jaboo wins.

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Buccaneers: Where was this Jameis Winston in Tampa?

The Pewter Plank 23 August, 2021 - 04:01pm

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First things first, the Buccaneers absolutely made the right decision when they move on from Jameis Winston for Tom Brady. The addition of the GOAT played a direct role in a trip to the Super Bowl, and the Bucs forever changed their trajectory by making that signing.

With that being said, Winston looks like a completely different player during his limited reps so far in New Orleans. The Bucs wouldn’t have a reason to switch Brady for Winston now, but the player that is currently carving the Jaguars up would’ve made a much more compelling case to stay as the starting quarterback in Tampa back when the transition happened.

The short but highly impressive performance in the preseason shouldn’t be overblown too much, but it does beg the question; was this version of Jameis Winston ever in Tampa, or has he improved substantially in the meantime?

Thirty interceptions are hard to overlook. One of the biggest selling points for Brady was his consistency at minimizing turnovers while also posting stats that were comparable to Winston’s previous season.

On the other hand, Winston is also one of a highly elite group to throw for over 5,000 passing yards, and 33 touchdowns that season was also very good.

Regardless, even at his best in Tampa, the looks Winston is currently putting on the field are at a new level. Both of the deep shots for touchdowns by Winston were thrown perfectly, and one came against one of the better corners in the NFL.

The throws have been to the outside and in a place where only the receiver is in a position to make a play, and Winston looks extremely comfortable under pressure.

Mike Evans and Chris Godwin would’ve loved looks like this.

Perhaps Winston has turned over a new leaf. This limited sample size may not show everything, but his growth as a player is undeniable, even if he shows it off against an inept team like the Jaguars.

The Bucs are still the best team in the NFC South by a healthy margin, but if this Winston shows up each week, the Buccaneer secondary may have to game plan just a bit more for their rivalry matchups.

Based on the fact that Winston dominated the only two drives he was on the field, fans can rest assured that he is now the man in New Orleans going forward.

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Wen Lambo? NFL Preseason DFS Showdown Picks - Monday, August 23rd

RotoGrinders 23 August, 2021 - 01:14pm

NFL Preseason DFS is back on DraftKings, FanDuel, and the sports betting menu industry wide! After a scrub-free summer in 2020, we’re back to the grind discovering the very best preseason players to consider for each daily fantasy football slate.

In this article, we’ll touch on the top options on a position by position basis. We’ll also dive deeper looking for long shots and under leveraged plays for large field GPP contests. The goal is to help you quickly understand the slate and build a competitive lineup without the extensive time it takes to research every 85 man roster. Leave the dirty work to us, and focus on using the tools here at RotoGrinders to construct yourself a dangerous and profitable team.

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Saints DST – NO: This is maybe one of the worst DFS slates I have ever attempted to analyze, as there is almost no difference in the expectation fpts wise on almost every single eligible player in the pool. The defenses and kickers are the exception here, as they are the only participants guaranteed to be able to score fantasy points for the entire game. The Saints defense is marginally preferred over the Jaguars thanks to the existence of two sub-standard QBs in Jake Luton and C.J. Beathard. We can further expect that they will play a giant swath of their never ending WR corps, none of which figure to be exceptional NFL talents and should therefore make offense a little tougher to come by. This offense managed only 13 points against the deepest depths of the Browns last week, and I would not expect big things on the road this week.

Josh Lambo and Aldrick RosasJAC/NO You’ve waited. And waited. You asked. “Wen Lambo?” Well good friends, the time is now! The fantasy point projections on this slate are all quite jam-packed, and few players can offer us the safety of kickers on this slate. While the upside is potentially limited, I will fall over dead if the offense on this slate comes from a short set of easily identifiable skill players. Playing a bunch of kickers in showdown to raise the floor of your lineup is a great idea, and quite frankly the odds may never be better of at least one kicker being needed as a top 6 score for the perfect lineup.

Jaguars DSTJAC: Jameis Winston is perhaps known for questionable decisions such as eating his own fingers and throwing into traffic. Suffice to say he’ll start today against the best of the Jaguars defense, and his supporting cast is nothing to write home about. Aside from the obvious advantages of DST in preseason showdown, this is actually not that bad of a defensive setup anyway for the Jags. New Orleans is a washing machine, which is where you might find washed things like Kevin White, Devonta Freeman, and Trevor Siemian tonight.

Marquez Callaway – NO: I expect Callaway to play 18-22 snaps as was the expectation for phase 1 last week for the Saints. Perhaps they’ll even raise the ceiling for their top 2 groups as they seek to evaluate their QBs. Either way, Callaway will roll out with the first unit and is a massive favorite to be targeted more than once for the offense. That does not sound meaningful on most slates, but on this one I guarantee there will be plenty of goose eggs and low scores. Callaway has an elevated place in my hierarchy for this reason despite what would normally be considered a paltry snap expectation.

Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill – NO: Quarterbacks are high floor / high ceiling type plays relative to the slate, and utilizing them in the flex makes a lot of sense. Somebody like Taysom is even useful in the CPT for his rushing. No matter how you slice it, the New Orleans QBs are safe on the playing time scale for a bit over a quarter each. That should give them both a few shots at a TD drive, which would almost guarantee them a spot in the optimal roster if successful. It’s that bad tonight.

Trevor LawrenceJAC: Will he be over-owned? Yes, but technically speaking almost anyone who is even mildly popular will also fit that description. Lawrence currently does not have an announced leash from Coach Meyer, but I’m suspecting around a quarter and some change. At this level of playing time – high owned or not – he’s a player worth mixing in.

Juwan Johnson – NO: Is he a TE? Technically, but he lined up slot 63.6% of snaps last week and is challenging Adam Trautman for the Jared Cook pass-catching role on the team. His raw points won’t stand out in my projections in LineupHQ, but among the probable TD scorers for the Saints I like him above most of the team. I believe they want to see what he can do, and should dial up plays with that evaluation in mind.

Tony Jones Jr. – NO: Jones rumbled for 7 carries and 82 yards last week against the Ravens, and was afforded a healthy 36% of snaps to do it. With just an aged Latavius Murray and Devonta Freeman in front of him, the undrafted player from 2020 hopes to prove he can remain a part of this team for the upcoming season. I do not expect Sean Payton to exceed substantially his typical maximum of 29 snaps for any player (has been quoted on that), but I do expect Jones to get comparatively more opportunity in this game than any other back playing. That’s the name of the game in Preseason DFS.

Kawaan Baker – NO: The New Orleans receiving corps is fairly thin tonight, and that should lead a few bodies into significant snaps. Baker played 38% of snaps last week, and is high on the list of options to play a bunch this week as well. I’m expecting the workloads to shift around today just a little bit, and I feel he’ll be lower owned than Lil’Jordan Humphrey (51% of snaps and scored last week).

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Collin Johnson – Played over 40% of snaps last week and is in line to see reps as a starting outside WR in the absence of D.J. Chark. Has been reportedly making the most of his chances in camp.

Travis Etienne – Should the starters play a big longer, it could be enough for a pass capable back to do damage should an early drive go his way.

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