Jameis Winston will be the backup quarterback for the New Orleans Saints this upcoming season. Imagine reading that sentence last year after watching him throw for over 5,000 yards in Tampa Bay, but hey, that’s reality now.
It will be an interesting year for Winston, to say the least. He’s going into a role that he isn’t all too familiar with as the No. 2 guy behind Drew Brees, but he made it very clear in a sit down with Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report that he doesn’t plan for that to be his role for too long.
Winston’s situation is certainly unique seeing as how the Bucs released him to sign the greatest quarterback of all-time in Tom Brady, but he’s taking things one step at a time with an extremely positive attitude.
“So if a team believes I’m not good enough to be their starting quarterback, OK, let me earn my way back up. I’ve done it my whole life. It’s not like it’s just starting to happen.”
“My entire life, I’ve been a winner. Little League football. Middle school. High school. College. Obviously, the NFL is a little more difficult. But I’ve been a winner. I don’t want to be viewed as a loser. It’s going to come. It’s going to happen. This is something I’ve been fighting for my entire life. Building up to this.
“If people think I’m just going to lay down and give up because of a few losing seasons, that’s never going to be the case.”
Who knows when will see Winston take another meaningful snap in the NFL, that’s probably a question that’s even weighing on his own mind, but regardless of that mystery, he’s vowed to bring the old-school Winston back to life, Winston the leader.
“Expect to see the national championship, Rookie of the Year, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback being the best version of himself, taking care of the football, bombing the ball down the field, throwing touchdown after touchdown, leading the pack and being cool as the other side of the pillow.”
People will have differing opinions on Winston from here on out, there’s no denying that, but it’s clear that he’s trying to send message to the rest of the league that he’s making every effort to be the best version of himself he can be.