Jameis Winston picked opportune moments to let it fly in his first NFL begin since 2019. Winston accomplished landing passes of 43 and 29 yards to second-year professional Marquez Callaway, and the Saints defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-21 in a preseason sport on Monday night time.
“Everyone is aware of Jameis has received a great arm,” Callaway mentioned. “He’s going to throw it to the place we will make a play.”
Winston accomplished 9 of 10 passes for 123 yards with out an interception, bolstering his candidacy to succeed NFL all-time main passer Drew Brees because the Saints’ new starter.
“I haven’t began a soccer sport in so lengthy, man,” Winston mentioned. “So, I used to be so excited simply to get a possibility to begin and lead the pack.”
Whereas Winston lamented lacking “the simplest throw of the night time,” he left the sector assured that he made high-percentage throws and minimized the kind of risk-taking that outlined his final season in Tampa Bay, when his NFL-high 30 interceptions marred a marketing campaign during which he additionally eclipsed 5,000 yards passing and related on 33 TDs.
“I feel I’m actually good on choices. I simply received to get higher on accuracy,” Winston mentioned. “So long as I’m executing the correct manner, my eyes are in the correct place and I’m making the correct choices, I can stay with it.”
Winston is competing for the job with Taysom Hill, who went 3-1 as a starter whereas Brees was injured final season. Hill handed for 138 yards and a landing towards Jacksonville.
Saints coach Sean Payton declined to say how rather more he wanted to see earlier than saying a starter. “After we know what course we’re going, we’ll allow you to guys know,” he mentioned.
For the Jaguars, No 1 general draft selection Trevor Lawrence received the beginning over incumbent Gardner Minshew and performed the primary half, going 14 for 23 for 113 yards behind an offensive line that includes three backups together with rookie Walker Little at left deal with.
“We’re not balanced proper now,” first-year Jaguars coach City Myer mentioned. “We’ve received to get our offensive line again and play higher and run the ball. … There simply wasn’t a lot rhythm within the first half.”
Lawrence led one scoring drive that ended with a area objective. “I simply received to get a little bit bit higher at getting the ball out, taking completions and staying out of second-and-long and third-and-long,” Lawrence mentioned. “We’ve received to click on a little bit bit extra, nonetheless received some work to do … however I feel we’re on track.”
His last collection stalled when he was sacked for a nine-yard loss by Jalen Dalton on the Saints’ 25. The drive ended with Josh Lambo lacking a 43-yard area objective try off the upright.
Hill performed nearly all of the primary half and the third quarter, finishing 11 of 20 passes. His first two collection ended with sacks by Jihad Ward and Dawuane Smoot. His first scoring drive culminated with former Jaguars kicker Aldrick Rosas hitting a 52-yard area objective because the second quarter ended.
Hill’s landing went for 14 yards to Lil’Jordan Humphrey to make it 23-3.
“It’s exhausting to actually provide you with an analysis with out seeing the movie,” Hill mentioned. “Identical to some other sport, there’s performs I’d prefer to have again after which there was some good things.”