Jameis Winston

New Orleans Saints
Quarterback #3
New Orleans Saints
Quarterback #3
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Jameis Winston News

Avoids surgery for MCL sprain

The surgery Winston underwent on his left knee last week in Los Angeles involved no repair of his MCL and was solely to address a torn ACL, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: In addition to the torn ACL, Winston was diagnosed with associated MCL damage after suffering the season-ending knee injury in an Oct. 31 win over the Buccaneers. Though Winston's procedure was believed to have address both ligaments, Dr. Neal ElAttrache and his team medical determined that the quarterback's MCL would heal on its own without a repair being necessary. With one fewer complication to worry about as he rehabs the knee, Winston is projected to be ready for full-contact drills in about six months. That timeline puts him on track to miss OTAs, but Winston should be at close to 100 percent by the time NFL training camps begin in late July. The 27-year-old will become a free agent this spring after he completed 59 percent of his passes for 7.3 yards per attempt and a 14:3 TD:INT in the Saints' first seven games prior to sustaining the knee injury.

Nov 18, 2021 2:10 PM EST

Undergoes successful surgery

Winston (knee) underwent successful surgery Friday, Jeff Duncan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Winston tore his ACL and sustained MCL damage at the end of October, and he'll now shift his focus toward his lengthy recovery process. Whether he's available for training camp in 2022 remains to be seen, but Trevor Siemian has taken over as the Saints' starter for now.

Nov 13, 2021 3:17 PM EST

Done for season

Winston (knee) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: This was simply a procedural move after it was announced Winston had indeed torn his ACL in the divisional win over the Buccaneers last Sunday. Trevor Siemian is slated to start this week against the Falcons, though Taysom Hill also looms in the background as a possible option should the Northwestern product struggle to produce.

Nov 6, 2021 2:13 PM EST

Torn ACL confirmed

Coach Sean Payton confirmed Monday that Winston suffered a torn ACL on Sunday.

Analysis: Winston also sustained damage to his MCL in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay, and he'll miss the remainder of the season as a result. Payton declined to name a starting quarterback Monday, but Taysom Hill (concussion) is presumably in line for starting duties once he's cleared to return. However, Trevor Siemian will likely take on a starting role if Hill remains sidelined.

Nov 1, 2021 11:04 AM EST

Reportedly tears ACL

Winston suffered a torn ACL in Sunday's win over the Buccaneers, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Analysis: The report adds that Winston also suffered damage to his MCL and will be out for the season. As a result, Taysom Hill is presumably next in line for the team's QB snaps once he returns from a concussion, but for now Trevor Siemian profiles as New Orleans' top healthy signal-caller.

Nov 1, 2021 9:40 AM EST

Injury believed to be 'significant'

Head coach Sean Payton, via NOLA.com, said following Sunday's victory over the Buccaneers that he believes Winston is dealing with a "significant" injury.

Analysis: Payton was asked about Winton's injury in his postgame press conference, and he responded, "I think it's significant. He felt something. He's on crutches right now. I don't want to say until I have a chance to talk to the doctors." Like Payton said, the extent of Winston's injury won't be known until he undergoes more tests, but it certainly did not look good and he could be facing an extended absence. If that turns out to be the case, Taysom Hill would be the favorite to step in, but Hill is recovering from a concussion and Trevor Siemian did do enough Sunday to be part of the conversation.

Oct 31, 2021 6:10 PM EST

Ruled out of Sunday's game

Winston (knee) won't return to Sunday's game versus the Buccaneers, John Hendrix of SI.com reports.

Analysis: The announcement comes as no surprise given how Winston's left leg bent awkwardly as he was tackled at the end of a three-yard run. Now that he's ruled out, he'll officially come out of Week 8 with 56 passing yards and one touchdown to go with four carries for 40 yards. In Winston's stead, the Saints will turn to Trevor Siemian under center, as Taysom Hill currently is in the concussion protocol and rookie fourth-rounder Ian Book has been a weekly healthy scratch so far this season.

Oct 31, 2021 3:17 PM EST

Injures knee Sunday

WInston suffered a knee injury during Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While getting taken down by the Bucs' Devin White at the end of a three-yard run, Winston's left leg bent a way that wasn't intended. Winston attempted to get back to the huddle but fell to the turf before needing assistance to get to the sideline. After an evaluation in the sideline tent, he eventually was carted to the locker room, where the nature of the injury was revealed. It's unclear if Winston will be able to return, but Trevor Siemian will direct the Saints offense with Taysom Hill (concussion) and rookie Ian Book (coach's decision) inactive.

Oct 31, 2021 2:54 PM EST

Exits Sunday's game

Trevor Siemian entered Sunday's game against the Buccaneers after Winston appeared to suffer a leg injury, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After Winston limped off the field, Siemian entered Sunday's contest, with Taysom Hill (concussion) unavailable and Ian Book inactive. An official announcement regarding the nature of Winston's injury should arrive soon, but we do know that the QB headed to the locker room on a cart to be evaluated.

Oct 31, 2021 2:25 PM EST

Does just enough in low-scoring win

Winston completed 19 of 35 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 13-10 win over the Seahawks. He added 40 yards on eight rushing attempts.

Analysis: Winston kept his composure after dropping the snap on his lone touchdown of the night, calmly retrieving the ball before turning his eyes downfield toward Alvin Kamara, who took Winston's pass 13 yards to the house to give New Orleans a 10-7 lead with 47 seconds left before halftime. Kamara was Winston's favorite target throughout, accounting for more than half of the quarterback's completions (10) and passing yards (128). Some of Winston's struggles in this one can be blamed on rainy conditions, but he'll need to play better to give the Saints a chance in Week 8, when Winston's former team from Tampa Bay pays a visit to New Orleans.

Oct 25, 2021 8:52 PM EST

Tosses four TDs in win

Winston completed 15 of 30 passes for 279 yards and four touchdowns with one interception in Sunday's 33-22 win over Washington. He also gained 26 yards on six carries.

Analysis: The quarterback was far from efficient and was somewhat lucky to have only been picked off once, but Winston connected on enough of his deep throws to put together his most productive performance of the year. Despite a lack of consistent passing yards week to week, he'll take a strong 12:3 TD:INT into the Saints' Week 6 bye.

Oct 10, 2021 3:14 PM EST

Season-high 23 pass attempts

Winston completed 17 of 23 passes for 226 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 27-21 overtime loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Winston had a decent day as a passer but his 23 pass attempts were somehow a season-high in the Saints' low-volume pass attack. As long as Taysom Hill keeps getting swapped into the game during red-zone situations, fantasy managers will continue to need Winston to throw multiple touchdowns in any given game for him to be pay off as a starting fantasy option. Working in Winston's favor in Week 5 is the fact that Washington's disappointing defense has surrendered 10 passing scores through four weeks.

Oct 3, 2021 2:30 PM EST

Low volume in big win

Winston completed 13 of 21 pass attempts for 128 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 28-13 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Winston now has seven touchdowns to two interceptions, with both picks coming in a forgettable Week 2 loss to the Panthers. Head coach Sean Payton clearly has put a suppressor on the cannon-armed quarterback in an effort to limit turnovers -- and it has mostly worked -- but it has resulted in the former 4,000-yard passer to be limited to 129 passing yards per game this year. Winston will be unable to help many fantasy managers with such low volume, as the five touchdowns from Week 1 will likely end up being an anomaly. For those forced to rely on the quarterback, a favorable matchup against the Giants is on tap for Week 4.

Sep 26, 2021 2:37 PM EST

Awful showing in Carolina

Winston completed 11 of 22 passes for 111 yards and two interceptions while rushing for 19 yards and a touchdown on three carries in Sunday's 26-7 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: Good as Winston and the Saints looked in Week 1, they looked just as bad in Week 2, as the former Tampa Bay quarterback tossed a couple of very ugly picks and got sacked four times. The COVID-19 breakout among the Saints' coaching staff may have played a big part in the team's generally sloppy play, but Winston has shown in the past he's more than capable of making bad decisions without anyone else's help. New Orleans will look to regroup in Week 3 on the road against a tough New England defense.

Sep 19, 2021 2:05 PM EST

Throws five touchdowns

Winston completed 14 of 20 passes for 148 yards and five touchdowns while rushing six times for 37 yards during Sunday's 38-3 victory over Green Bay.

Analysis: If one game is any indication, it seems like the Saints made the right choice in going with Winston over Taysom Hill at quarterback. While he certainly won't be throwing a touchdown every four passes going forward, Winston was mobile in the pocket and rarely made any of the overly aggressive decisions that seemed to be his trademark during his time in Tampa Bay. He also showed decent accuracy after never topping a 65 percent completion rate in any of his five seasons with the Bucs. As Hill's three touches largely put to bed any concerns of a full-blown quarterback by committee, Winston looks like a serviceable fantasy option on the road in Week 2 against Carolina.

Sep 12, 2021 6:14 PM EST

Week 1 game moved after hurricane

Winston and the Saints likely will have their Week 1 game against the Packer moved to a location outside of New Orleans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: After their final exhibition contest was cancelled, the Saints now have to scramble to find a location for their season opener against Green Bay in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. It equates to a slight matchup downgrade for Winston and others, especially if the new location isn't indoors. Coach Sean Payton confirmed Tuesday morning that he's named Winston as his Week 1 starter over Taysom Hill, per Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.

Aug 31, 2021 8:34 AM EST

Named starter in New Orleans

Winston has been named the Saints' starter for Week 1 against the Packers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: After a lengthy quarterback battle with Taysom Hill, it will be Winston as Drew Brees' successor in New Orleans. Winston has been sharp all preseason and was particularly impressive Monday against the Jaguars, completing nine of 10 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He will open the season as the starter, though Taysom Hill could still have a role in the offense.

Aug 27, 2021 6:40 AM EST

Named starter in New Orleans

Winston has been named the Saints' starter for Week 1 against the Packers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: After a lengthy quarterback battle with Taysom Hill, it will be Winston as Drew Brees' successor in New Orleans. Winston has been sharp all preseason and was particularly impressive Monday against the Jaguars, completing nine of 10 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns. He will open the season as the starter, though Taysom Hill could still have a role in the offense.

Aug 27, 2021 6:13 AM EST

Inches ahead of Hill

Winston is ahead of Taysom Hill in the competition to be the Saints' starting quarterback, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. "It's very clear to me that Jameis Winston is the leader in the clubhouse," Rapoport said Tuesday.

Analysis: Winston put together an impressive showing Monday against the Jaguars, tossing touchdowns on two of his three drives. Specifically, the 43-yard TD to Marquez Callaway was referenced by Rapoport as a throw "that (Drew) Brees has not made in many, many years." Overall, Winston is a combined 16-for-22 for 219 yards, three touchdowns and one interception through two preseason games. As for Hill, he's been a bit more uneven during exhibition season. If Winston ultimately wins the job, he still may have to yield the occasional gadget play to Hill, as Brees did before him the past few campaigns.

Aug 24, 2021 4:42 PM EST

Excellent in exhibition win

Winston completed 9 of 10 passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 23-21 preseason win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Winston started and was superb on his three drives, throwing a pair of perfectly placed touchdowns. He opened the scoring with a 43-yard bomb to Marquez Callaway, then hit Callaway again for a 29-yard score on his final throw of the evening. In doing so, Winston put forth a strong case to finally be named the Saints' starting quarterback over Taysom Hill, who completed 11 of 20 attempts for 138 yards and a touchdown of his own. With coach Sean Payton reportedly hoping to name his starter before Saturday's exhibition finale versus the Cardinals, Winston could be in store for good news sometime soon.

Aug 23, 2021 8:20 PM EST

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