NFL reporter Jeremy Fowler has dropped a big update on the injury status surrounding Jameis Winston for the New Orleans Saints.
Jameis Winston has been in a rather weird spot in his career for a few years now, having first been picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the #1 pick in 2015.
His numbers in Tampa Bay were erratic to say the best, best exemplified by his 2019 season, where despite leading the league in passing yards with 5,109 and throwing 33 touchdowns, he also led the league with 30 interceptions.
Ultimately those in Tampa had enough and he was released that offseason, making the move to Tampa’s NFC South rivals in the New Orleans Saints, where playing time was initially hard to come by as he sat behind Drew Brees in 2020.
Following Brees’ retirement, he was given the starting role in New Orleans and got off to a reasonable start, throwing 14 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions in the first 7 games, before an injury suffered ironically against the Bucs saw him miss the rest of the season.
On the comeback trail
The injury he suffered was a torn ACL along with some MCL damage following a horsecollar tackle, and it appears as though he is now well on the mend and stepping up his condition, as Jeremy Fowler reports that he is getting used to throwing on the run again and that the Saints expect to see him back very soon:
Saints QB Jameis Winston is progressing on his ACL rehab, and he recently began planting and throwing off playaction. Saints will likely take it easy with him this offseason but he's working as if he'll be a full go for training camp.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) May 18, 2022
The Saints clearly have some level of faith in him, as they signed him to a two-year deal this past offseason worth $28m with $21m of it being guaranteed, so it looks as if he will be the starter for them this season.
One last chance?
But given how his career has gone so far, and with the injury that he suffered, you feel that this might jst be his last chance to stay a starter in the NFL, especially with the 2023 draft class projected to have more quality quarterbacks coming in than the 2022 class.
He got off to a good start last year, but he’s going to have to go above and beyond that this season, and maintain it for the whole year, otherwise the Saints might just decide to move on from him when the season is over.